China's top diplomat says hopes South Korea can resolve THAAD issue

China's top diplomat says hopes South Korea can resolve THAAD issue

Hong also spoke briefly with national security advisor H.R. McMaster on the issue of the deployment of a THAAD missile defense battery in South Korea, before he met with President Trump.

The post also stated that the drill involved ship-to-shore air assault from the South Korean naval vessel Dokdo.

President Moon is adopting a softer stance on both THAAD and North Korea than his impeached predecessor Park Geun-hye. Although he has sometimes criticized the THAAD deployment, Moon has not said he will remove it.

In April Trump had said Seoul should pay as much as $1 billion for the missile defense system.

Zhao said this was likely meant to force Moon's hand.

During the talks, Abe also referred to a protest lodged Wednesday by Tokyo with Seoul after a South Korean research vessel was spotted operating in Japan's exclusive economic zone west of the Takeshima islets without obtaining Tokyo's consent, according to a Japanese government source.

Beijing vehemently opposes the missile shield, saying its powerful radar will allow it to monitor missile launches, aircraft flights and other sensitive activities in northeastern China.

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.

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"China can be more flexible", Zhao said.

But he warned there had been no public signaling Beijing was ready to take such a step just yet.

A North Korean missile launch this week came as China was hosting world leaders - including a delegation from Pyongyang - for a forum to promote the One Belt, One Road trade and infrastructure development initiative.

North Korea on Sunday test-fired what analysts say was its longest-range rocket yet as it accelerates efforts to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States.

"I would like to confirm that we are categorically against the expansion of the club of nuclear states, including through the Korean Peninsula".

The shuttle diplomacy, which sees the leaders visit each other's countries roughly every year, has been suspended since December 2011 under the administration of then President Lee Myung Bak.

Cathcart said "things are certainly fraught in a way that is worrisome, if not indicative of a wholesale shift in Beijing", but he added that the opaque nature of politics in the two neighboring authoritarian regimes meant reading the tea leaves was always hard. The allies agreed that dialogue with North Korea could happen under the "right conditions", Yoon said.

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