Moon to Xi: Let's Talk

Moon to Xi: Let's Talk

South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In spoke to the leaders of China and Japan yesterday, hours after a telephone call with his USA counterpart Donald Trump, officials said, as he began shaping his approach to the nuclear-armed North.

Moon's office said Thursday that the comment came in a phone call between the two leaders that also touched on a controversial 2015 agreement over compensating South Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II.

Despite its anger at North Korea's repeated nuclear and missile tests, China remains the isolated state's most important economic and diplomatic backer even with Beijing signing up for tough United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang.

Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated Mr Moon on his election, saying he would be willing to work with him on a basis of "mutual understanding and mutual respect". "South Korea alliance is more important than ever before", Moon said, according to Yonhap.

"I believe Russian Federation is our country's best partner in working to ensure the peace and prosperity of Eurasia", the new South Korean president told Putin, according to his presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

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China and South Korea enjoyed an increasingly warm relationship early in the tenure of Mr Moon's predecessor Park Geun-Hye, drawn together by shared historical differences with Japan.

Moon's spokesman said the presidents agree on the "common goal" of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula, and that Moon understands China's concerns about the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.

Regarding the comfort women issue, Abe anticipated to steadily implement the agreement as a base to build the future-oriented relations between the two countries, confirming his basic principle.

Modi, in his 25-minute conversation with Moon, said he has always promoted South Korea as a role model for his own country's economic development, according to Yoon.

The Thaad missile system, aimed at intercepting attacks from North Korea, was made operational in South Korea last week. The conversations were dominated by how to respond to North Korea's rapidly developing nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, which are in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. "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".

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