Moon to Xi: Let's Talk

Moon to Xi: Let's Talk

Moon to Xi: Let's Talk

Yoon said the initiative was mentioned during a 40-minute phone call yesterday, the first between Moon and China's President Xi Jinping.

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.

He has taken a more conciliatory line with North Korea than his conservative predecessors and advocates engagement.

"I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and, if the conditions are right, to Pyongyang also".

"Sanctions against North Korea are also a means to bring the North to the negotiating table aimed at eliminating its nuclear weapons", Yoon told a briefing, adding that Xi indicated his agreement.

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During his call with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, the two leaders agreed that their countries must not let their hard history hamper co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program, Moon's office said.

Numerous missile tests were considered failures, but experts have said Pyongyang is making faster-than-expected progress toward its stated goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the US mainland.

Trump has also been calling for a renegotiation of the bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) and for Seoul to shoulder a larger cost of maintaining USA troops in Korea and pay for a $1 billion antimissile system.

They came as North Korea's ambassador to the United Kingdom told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at a time and place of its leader's choosing.

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Moon explained that there was opposition toward the agreement within South Korea, and said, "There will be a need to wisely resolve historical issues so that both nations can further develop".

Korea Economic Institute analyst Troy Stangarone told VOA that Moon has stated he would only negotiate with North Korea after consulting with the United States.

Xi during the call, also expressed China's commitment to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through "dialogue", a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

Abe and Moon agreed to meet soon, and Xi invited the South Korean leader to Beijing.

Moon said he will send a delegation to Beijing to discuss both North Korea and THAAD.

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Historical issues should be overcome "wisely" and not hamper the countries' relationship or efforts to deal with the North, the Blue House quoted Mr Moon as saying.

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