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 U.S. missile defence system that has blighted relations between the two countries.
North Korea has unveiled what it claims are satellite images of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system recently deployed in South Korea, a move aimed at flaunting the country's capability to gather intelligence against Seoul.
The New York Times today reports that soon, Moon will send a delegation to Beijing for the specific objective of discussing the North Korean crisis.
Putin's remarks came during a call to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, who came into office earlier in the week following his election in a rare presidential by-election held Tuesday. Moon's aides say he will commute from his home for the first few days as workers finish furnishing the Blue House residential space for him.
The first so-called "Track 2" talks since Trump took office in January dealt with nuclear issues, regional security and bilateral matters between Washington and Pyongyang, a person familiar with the discussions told Reuters, but declined to elaborate. 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.
Tension has been high for months on the Korean peninsula over North Korea's nuclear and missile development and due to fears it will conduct a sixth nuclear test and more ballistic missile launches in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions. "The U.S. -South Korea alliance is the foundation of our foreign policy, and will continue to be so".
Even so, North Korea's relations with Moon's conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, were extremely bad, so it is nearly certain to be cautious about any Moon proposals for increased engagement.
All eyes are on Seoul after South Korea's Democratic Party President Moon Jae-In was sworn in Wednesday, promising to ease the crisis on the Korean peninsula and balance relations with long-time ally the United States and its rising neighbor, China.
The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) put out a four-sentence report late Thursday on the victory of Moon, who calls for dialogue, along with sanctions and pressure, to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.
Moon did not express a negative view of the 2015 "comfort women" agreement, the official told reporters.
In his inaugural address Wednesday, South Korea's president said he would consider visiting Pyongyang under the right conditions.
Moon, however, continues to place importance on the USA alliance with South Korea.
Moon and Trump may also disagree on the US missile defense system THAAD. South Koreans also are concerned about the economy, job growth, trade ties and opportunities for young people.
"It is important for South Korea to reassess its security dependence on the U.S. and on China for economic development", another added.