China Discusses Nuclear Threat With New South Korean President

President Moon said "South Korea wants to pursue the goal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula together with China, including resuming the six-party talks as soon as possible and other methods".

The North has staged two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the start of a year ago in its quest to develop a way to deliver a nuclear warhead to "imperialist enemy" the US.

Historical issues should be overcome "wisely" and not hamper the countries' relationship or efforts to deal with the North, the Blue House quoted Moon as saying. "If conditions ripen and provide opportunities to significantly lower military tension in the Korean Peninsula and open a path toward solving the North Korean nuclear problem, which is the most urgent threat to our security, then I think (Moon) will be able to go to Pyongyang".

"North and South Korea should seek dialogue and negoti-ations at various levels", it added.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the United Nations the US wants to bring North Korea to "its senses, not to its knees", according to the Newsweek report.

"How to respond to North Korea.is an urgent issue".

Japanese officials have described the call as "positive and meaningful", with the two agreeing to cooperate closely to deal with North Korea.

The 40-minute conversation was the first in eight months between the heads of the two nations as relations suffered after Moon's predecessor allowed the U.S.to install Thaad.

Japan has been concerned that Moon will take a tough line on feuds stemming from the bitter legacy of its 1910-1945 colonisation of the Korean peninsula and could fray ties at a time when cooperation on North Korea was vital.

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"Just spoke with my friend President Moon Jae-in of Korea".

While South Korea, China and Japan all share worry about North Korea, ties between South Korea and China have been strained by South Korea's decision to install a US anti-missile system in defence against the North.

Washington says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) system will play a vital role in curbing the missile threat from Pyongyang, but Beijing says that the system's radar affects its security. It would be a lot harder for Moon to remove THAAD or to reopen the jointly-operated Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea at a time when the North continues to conduct frequent missile tests and threatens to conduct its sixth nuclear test.

South Korea's new president Moon Jae-in has told China he will send a special delegation to Beijing to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis and the United States missile defence system that has blighted relations between the two countries.

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.

In a statement released after Moon's election victory became clear on Tuesday, Abe said he looked forward to cooperating with Moon to "further contribute to peace and prosperity in the region".

The South Korean left has a long history of anti-Americanism, but Moon's experience of government under President Roh is likely to make him wary of needlessly antagonizing Washington even though he will eventually want to distance himself from the more hawkish and uncompromising approach adopted by the new USA administration.

He has promised to be a President of the people and review ties between political parties and South Korean family-run businesses called chaebol to bring an end to widespread corruption.

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