South Korean president 'may visit Pyongyang'

Angelica Greene
May 19, 2017

This was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone call to his newly elected South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in. However, while Donald Trump has sought the help of countries such as Russia, China, Japan, as well as South Korea in dealing with Kim, Moon is intent on adopting a more lenient approach, Newsweek reports. Mr Moon has advocated dialogue with the North as well as sanctions, adopting a more conciliatory stance than his predecessor.

"Moon spoke of the strength of the Korean people in overcoming these hurdles. and was at his most impassioned when he spoke for the need of peace in the Korean Peninsula". "Since the two leaders mentioned holding the summit soon, we figured we should preparing for that right now. Military action on the Korean peninsula can not happen without Korea's consent", Moon wrote during his presidential campaign, the Atlantic reports.

Suga only said Abe told Moon that the agreement should be "appropriately managed", but did not elaborate.

China says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) undermines its security as its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory. Moon said during the campaign for this week's snap election that he wanted to review that decision.

A high-ranking Japanese official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Moon's willingness to meet Abe marks "a clear difference" from the attitude of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

Moon, South Korea's first liberal leader in a decade, faces a number of foreign policy challenges, including the threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and frayed ties with China, its biggest trading partner.

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A US State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday that Washington remained open to talks with North Korea, but needed to see that it would "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behaviour in the region".

Mr Moon also raised the issue of apparent economic retaliation against South Korean firms in China, he said.

Moon told Xi during the 40-minute call that he plans to send a special delegation to Beijing for talks on both topics, Moon's office said in a statement.

Stangarone also added that whatever global plans Moon has, the economic situation in South Korea and the fact that he was elected following an impeachment mean that domestic issues will constrain what he wants to do.

At home, Mr Moon will have to deal with slowing growth, soaring unemployment and public frustration over widening gaps in wealth and opportunities.

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