China's Xi says willing to put S.Korea ties back on track

China's Xi says willing to put S.Korea ties back on track

South Korean President also said that North's nuclear and missile capabilities seem to have advanced rapidly.

US President Donald Trump has called for "far stronger sanctions" on North Korea and warned last month that a "major, major conflict" with Pyongyang was possible.

President Trump is open to exploring engagement with North Korea under certain conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said.

If accurate, it would be the highest of any of North Korea's recent missile launches.

North Korea has made no secret of the fact that it is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of striking the United States mainland and has ignored calls to halt its nuclear and missile programmes, even from China, its lone major ally.

In the song, group members chant that "about THAAD we say no, no, no", a reference to the U.S. Army's missile defense system formally known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense.

North Korea launched Sunday what appeared to be its longest-range ballistic missile yet, saying it was capable of carrying a "heavy nuclear warhead" in a test aimed at bringing the USA mainland within reach.

"We're willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard-won results, properly handle disputes, put China-South Korea relations back onto a normal track and benefit both peoples on the basis of mutual understanding and mutual respect", he said.

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BEIJING: China's foreign minister urged South Korea's new government on Thursday to remove "obstacles" to good relations amid Chinese anger at the United States deployment of an anti-missile system on the Korean peninsula.

During the call, the presidents discussed the deployment of the THAAD missile defence system in South Korea, which has always been criticized by China, as well as Moon's concerns about China's perceived economic retaliation against South Korea, according to Yonhap news agency.

Abe and Moon Hee-sang, a heavyweight in South Korea's ruling Democratic Party, also agreed to build a forward-looking bilateral relationship, with Abe noting that Tokyo and Seoul are each other's "most important neighbors, sharing strategic interests" during a meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo.

But Kim Dong-yub, professor at South Korea's Kyungnam University, told local media that they'd be lucky to reach Alaska or Hawaii, at best.

North Korea was also under scrutiny by investigators looking for the source of a major cyberattack affecting more than 150 countries, but the European police agency said it was still too early to determine who caused the chaos.

China's Foreign Ministry, in a later statement on its website, said Wang "fully explained" China's position on THAAD and asked South Korea to handle China's reasonable concerns appropriately.

Moon's attitude during the call appeared to significantly relieve senior bureaucrats in Japan who were concerned he would take a tougher stance and be reluctant to cooperate with Japan and the United States in dealing with North Korea's provocations.

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