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Russian Federation ready to play constructive role in resolving North Korea's nuclear threat

Russian Federation ready to play constructive role in resolving North Korea's nuclear threat

Park, who also served as co-chairman of Moon's presidential campaign team, is expected to meet key Chinese officials on the sidelines of the forum to discuss the ways to fix bilateral relations, the official told Yonhap. He asked them to help in curbing North Korea's nuclear programme and both promised to.

"Sanctions against North Korea are also a means to bring the North to the negotiating table aimed at eliminating its nuclear weapons", Yoon told a briefing.

In his inaugural address Wednesday, South Korea's president said he would consider visiting Pyongyang under the right conditions.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated South Korea's new president on his election victory, and the two agreed to work closely in dealing with North Korea.

USA officials have said they see no value in resuming worldwide talks with North Korea under current circumstances and that Pyongyang must make clear it is committed to denuclearization.

Moreover, although Trump has used some tough rhetoric when it comes to North Korea and its leader, the USA government has wavered multiple times on the matter.

"I hope Russian Federation will play a constructive role to help place North Korea back on the track to denuclearization".

Regional experts have believed for months that North Korea is preparing for its sixth nuclear test.

He also noted that Russian Federation was ready to play a "productive" role to help resolve the North Korean issue, it added.

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Al Jazeera's Rob McBride, reporting from Seoul, said Moon laid out the priorities of his presidency as he was sworn in. Moon's remark indicates his willingness to renegotiate the agreement, observers said.

The call also touched on a controversial 2015 agreement over compensating South Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II, Moon's office said.

Mr Moon told President Xi Jinping that North Korean provocations had to stop before the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) system could be reconsidered.

China has already taken commercial retaliation against South Korean business interests on its soil, but will be hoping Moon follows through on his campaign pledge to review the missile system's deployment if elected.

"We hope for Russian Federation to play a constructive role in order for North Korea to stop with its nuclear provocations and go the way of denuclearisation", Moon was cited as saying to Putin in the 20-minute conversation.

The six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear ambitions have been stalled since late 2008, largely due to a North Korean boycott. "The situation became more urgent, with rumors appearing about a crisis on the Korean Peninsula and with Trump asking us to pay $1 billion [for THAAD], and Trump [as a former businessperson] tends to like getting things over with".

In their first phone conversation, the two leaders "agreed that denuclearising the Korean peninsula is the two countries' common goal", Moon's spokes'-man Yoon Young-Chan told reporters. Moon responded that he's aware of China's concerns and he hopes the two countries can have a greater understanding of each other's positions on the system, it said.

South Korea and the USA began deploying the THAAD system in March and it has since become operational.

Abe also said he'd like to host a trilateral summit in Tokyo with his Chinese and South Korean peers as soon as possible, and hold a bilateral meeting with Moon as well.


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