China pressures South Korea about missile system

China pressures South Korea about missile system

China's president has set out his opposition to the deployment of a United States missile system, in his first discussion with the new South Korean leader.

Moon expressed his hope for a meeting with Modi in the near future.

China has vigorously opposed the deployment of a USA anti-missile system in South Korea, saying it threatens Chinese security and will do nothing to resolve tensions with North Korea.

During the campaign, Moon had criticized the anti-missile system, known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, which China sees as a threat to its security.

Both the USA and South Korea are keen on dismantling the nuclear program of Kim Jong Un and hence, are open to maintaining the sanctions on North Korea already laid in place by Trump's administration.

After Trump extended an official invitation, Moon responded by saying he hoped to visit Washington as soon as possible so that the two leaders could have an honest exchange of ideas.

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

Trump has raised the possibility of military action and pushed for tougher economic sanctions and new diplomatic measures to force North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Winning an election in a country deeply split following the impeachment of former president Park Geun-hye over an extensive corruption scandal, Moon Jae-in, a former human rights lawyer, needed only 40 percent of votes to defeat other conservative candidates in the election on Tuesday.

N. Korea open to US dialogue under 'right conditions'
Goods produced by North Korea's forced labor would be prohibited from entering the United States , according to the legislation. In one of North Korea's rare moments, they show anger without trying to elicit fear of nuclear war or World War 3.

North Korea on Thursday urged Moon's government to end what it considers confrontational policies, including joint drills with the USA military.

Putin said he was ready to help in all of the matters they discussed and the two leaders invited each other for state visits, the Blue House added.

But Mr Moon also has to navigate a complex web of regional issues.

"The new South Korean government will actively communicate with China on these issues and seek appropriate resolutions", the statement quoted Moon as saying.

On Wednesday, the prime minister had tweeted congratulatory messages to Moon in English and Korean languages.

Moon said that he looked forward to working with Trump, whom he described as showing "strong leadership".

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.

This was the first time the Chinese leader has called a South Korean president to congratulate him or her on an election victory, said Yoon Young-chan, Moon's press secretary, at a press briefing. Should Trump persist in that line, he could quickly sabotage both his North Korea initiative and bilateral relations with a vital American ally.

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