South Korean leader Moon discuss North Korea with China's Xi: Blue House

South Korean leader Moon discuss North Korea with China's Xi: Blue House

South Korean leader Moon discuss North Korea with China's Xi: Blue House

Congratulating Moon on his election as South Korean president, President Xi said that China and South Korea are close neighbours as well as important players in the region. Addressing the nation after taking the oath of office on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed to eventually move out of the Blue House, where every modern South Korean president has lived and worked since the end of World War II.

It added the two leaders "agreed to continue to strengthen the United States-Republic of Korea alliance and to deepen the enduring friendship between our two countries".

The Moon administration has yet to appoint foreign affairs and security teams, however diplomatic sources still believe that the first Korea-U.S. bilateral summit could happen as early as June.

The South's 19th president - the son of refugees from North Korea - had during his campaign advocated for a combination of negotiations and economic cooperation alongside military and security measures in dealing with the North.

"President Moon said he understands China's interest in the THAAD deployment and its concerns, and said he hopes the two countries can swiftly get on with communication to further improve each other's understanding", Yoon told a briefing. The U.S. leader also pledged to send a high-level advisory delegation to Seoul to arrange one-on-one summit talks. Trump told Moon he looked forward to meeting in person and that he should feel free to call whenever necessary.

That contrasted with its one-sentence report of the election of Moon's conservative predecessor Park Geun-Hye in 2012, which did not mention her name or her support.

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Trump and Moon will have to iron out many issues when they meet. That could slow any attempt at rapprochement with the North's unpredictable leader, Kim Jong Un, at a time of broad worldwide support for sanctions.

The two leaders may not see eye-to-eye on what could comprise the right circumstances.

While South Korea, China and Japan all share worry about North Korea, ties between South Korea and China have been strained by South Korea's decision to install a USA anti-missile system in defense against the North.

During their conversation, both leaders agreed to pursue the goal of denuclearisation of Korean peninsula.

"I am willing to work together with you so that the development of China-South Korea relations can better benefit the two countries and two peoples", Xi said in the congratulatory message, according to the statement.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) put out a four-sentence report late Thursday on the victory of Moon, who calls for dialogue, along with sanctions and pressure, to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.

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Xi explained the reasons for Beijing's strong and repeated opposition against the THAAD deployment, according to Yoon.

USA officials have said they see no value in resuming worldwide talks with North Korea until Pyongyang has made clear it is committed to denuclearization. "If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang [the North Korean capital]", Moon said. It said Moon told Abe that it was emotionally hard for South Koreans to accept the agreement.

Earlier in the day, Moon spoke with British Prime Minister Theresa May and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Blue House said.

The two countries' foreign ministries struck a deal to resolve the so-called comfort women issue on December 28, 2015, consisting of an apology by the Japanese prime minister and a 1 billion yen ($8.98 million) fund for the victims.

It wasn't clear whether Moon used the conversation to call for a renegotiation of the deal.

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