Korea's Moon to send delegation to China amid frayed ties

North Korea hit out over the deployment of the United States supplied antimissile system Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the South, but South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in showed he is taking no nonsense from despot Kim Jong-un.

Suga refused to confirm whether Moon told Abe that south Korea's public has difficulty accepting a 2015 agreement and Japan's compensation over the wartime sexual abuse of South Korean "comfort women" by the Japanese military.

"They agreed it would be important for the worldwide community to continue to pursue a robust response to North Korean violations of UN Security Council resolutions and other global obligations".

He also said he was prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right".

The archbishop acknowledged the hard times surrounding the months of angry mobs demanding for the ex-president's resignation, and expressed the need for a president capable of uniting South Korea.

Moon also called China's Xi Jinping on Wednesday and spoke to the Chinese leader for 40 minutes.

Chinese group tours to South Korea have also been canceled, while anti-Korean sentiment has proliferated online.

"I still believe Moon Jae-in faces major difficulties in reversing the THAAD deployment, or even making any kind of modifications", Zhao says.

Moon has called the rushed deployment of THAAD prior to the Tuesday elections "strongly regrettable" as it infringes on South Korea's sovereignty and its democratic process, stripping his government of the right to decide on an appropriate policy in relation to missile defense.

Experts are divided over whether North Korea is sending instructions for espionage missions in its latest broadcasts. It has also been working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States, presenting Trump with perhaps his most pressing security issue.

"I want to appropriately manage the Japan-South Korea relations, including the bilateral agreement", Abe was quoted as saying.

The Trump administration has unfolded a strategy of maximum pressure and engagement toward North Korea and has especially focused on bolstering sanctions on the Kim Jong-un regime. "There will be a need to demonstrate specific actions that will lead to the denuclearization of North Korea".

At the same time the South is embroiled in disputes with China over a USA missile defense system, and former colonial occupier Japan over wartime history.

North Korea's Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station released what it claims are satellite images of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system deployed in South Korea's Seongju county on May 8, 2017.

The North has staged two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the start of past year in its quest to develop a way to deliver a nuclear warhead to "imperialist enemy" the US.

Moon said he also hopes to meet Xi at an early date and Xi formally invited Moon to visit Beijing, the statement said.

During the call, Moon told Xi that South Korean people and companies in China "are going through many difficulties", and said he hoped Xi could "pay special attention so the restrictions and sanctions could be smoothly resolved", Yoon said. Moon said he plans to send separate delegations to discuss the Thaad issue and the North Korean nuclear problem to China.

Along with his promises to tackle serious worldwide issues, Moon said he would cut ties with South Korea's conglomerates and leave the office uncorrupted.

  • Jack Mann