Saturday, 27 May, 2017

Putin Discusses Crisis on Korean Peninsula With New S Korea's President

South Korean President Moon Jae-in center is greeted by officials upon his arrival at presidential Blue House in Seoul South Korea Wednesday SKorea's new leader to take on family-owned business empires
Howard Terry | 17 May, 2017, 12:24

The call to Moon took place just a day after he took office and comes amid increased regional tensions over North Korea as well as the deployment of a US missile- defence shield in South Korea.

Moon said the alliance with Washington is his top priority.

Moon told Xi that it would be easier to settle the missile- defence issue if North Korea wasn't engaging in provocations, the statement said. Moon competes against twelve other candidates but South Korea presidential elections are decided in a single round. 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.

"Moon will be different from previous progressive leaders who focused on the ideology of the "one nation" identity", Hyun-Wook Kim, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul, told Sputnik.

Moon advocated dialogue with the North as well as sanctions, adopting a more conciliatory stance than his predecessor.

He added the two leaders agreed that all sides must work together to ease tensions over North Korea's weapons programme.

The six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear ambitions have been stalled since late 2008, largely due to a North Korean boycott.

China says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) undermines its security as its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory.

The spokesman said: "The Prime Minister called the South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier this morning to congratulate him on his recent electoral success". Observers said recent tensions over Seoul's deployment of a U.S. missile defence system were behind that decision.

Ties between Seoul and Beijing have soured over the South's deployment of a controversial USA anti-missile system aimed at guarding against threats from the nuclear-armed North.

In that same article, a Moon adviser told the newspaper that the president's policy towards North Korea "is very similar to that of Chinese President Xi Jinping".

Moon acknowledged China's concerns over the deployment of the Thaad system, but went on to request Xi to take a special interest in the concerns of Korean citizens and businesses in China that are suffering from a backlash over the Thaad deployment, asking for the restrictions and sanctions to be "resolved amicably".

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in speaks at the presidential Blue House in Seoul after taking the oath of office on May 10, 2017.

South Koreans are voting today in their presidential election.

Both Mr Moon and Mr Xi agreed that denuclearising North Korea was a "common goal".

However, not until Thursday, South Korea had not been invited.

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