Xi Jinping, Moon Jae-In agree over plan to denuclearise North korea

Laura Christensen
May 20, 2017

Former presidents Roh Moo-hyun (2003-08) and Park Geun-hye (2013-16) each visited the U.S. to meet the American president two and a half months after taking office, in May 2003 and May 2013, respectively.

Moon spoke during his inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly building in Seoul.

The archbishop ended his statement promising to pray for the good of Korea's people under the leader's service.

"I will be a clean president".

Moon has said the decision had been made hastily and his government should have the final say on whether to deploy it. She is now in prison awaiting trial on corruption charges.

South Korea has worked with the United States to develop THAAD to help protect it in case of a North Korean missile attack.

Moon is expected to have his first conversation with Trump in a phone call on Wednesday, Yonhap news agency said, citing unnamed Seoul diplomats.

The United States said in a statement that it looks forward to "deepen the enduring friendship and partnership between our two countries".

Japan had sought reassurance from Seoul about the agreement following Moon's swearing in as President Wednesday.

Both Moon and Xi agreed that denuclearising North Korea was a "common goal".

Mr Moon said in his first speech as president he would immediately begin efforts to defuse security fears and would negotiate with Washington and Beijing to ease tensions over THAAD. Moon accepted Trump's invitation to visit at an "early date". The scandal involved bribery and abuse of power with one of her close friends, Choi Soon-sil, who together used their positions to demand money from major companies in South Korea. He also said he would increase government spending on education and jobs, while increasing taxes on the wealthy. With this, the veteran human rights lawyer struck a positive note for the kind of multilateralism required to lower tensions in the Korean peninsula.

Mr Moon might try to soothe Chinese concerns by suggesting that the system is temporary, and could be removed, pending North Korean denuclearization.

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"If needed I will fly directly to Washington". I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo.

Ahead of the swearing-in, Moon met leading lawmakers of Park's Liberty Korea party - which has repeatedly accused him of being a Pyongyang sympathizer - to "beg" for their cooperation.

Chinese state media said China is willing to work hard with all parties for peace, with Beijing acting as Pyongyang's only ally.

North Korea on Thursday urged Moon's government to end what it considers confrontational policies, including joint drills with the USA military. The country hosts some 28,000 US forces.

The launcher trucks can hold up to eight interceptor missiles. The deployment has been met with protests in South Korea.

Accordingly, Mr Moon's government will have to maintain a rock-solid alliance with the U.S. while trying to improve relations with China, which have cooled since South Korea chose to host the THAAD system.

THAAD is a key element of the US Ballistic Missile Defence System, which protects the country from enemy missile attacks.

A final but crucial issue is China, with which Korea has had a bitter history. China vocally opposes the system because its defense mechanism reaches deep into Chinese territory. It has cut back on Chinese traveling to South Korea and some imports to show its displeasure.

So he pursued direct engagement with North Korea, and his "Sunshine Policy" was taken up by his successor, Roh Moo-hyun.

The Trump administration, while sending its warm wishes to Moon, appears concerned that a pivot leftward for South Korea will significantly hurt its strategy to denuclearize North Korea.

Lost in all the news last week regarding the House's vote on replacing Obamacare was the near-unanimous vote to increase U.S. sanctions on North Korea. Mr. Moon won 41% of the vote, nearly double that of his nearest rival. He won the election with 41 percent of the vote.

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

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