S. Korea's Moon to send delegation to China amid frayed ties


Moon Jae-in, the newly elected leader of South Korea, moved swiftly to mend ties with China on Thursday, announcing plans to dispatch a delegation to Beijing to resolve a festering dispute over the deployment of a USA missile-defense system in his country.

Yesterday, Russia's President Vladimir Putin told Moon in a phone call he was ready to play a "constructive role" in resolving North Korea's nuclear threat, South Korea's presidential office said.

South Korea's new liberal President Moon Jae-in was sworn in on Wednesday and vowed to immediately tackle the hard tasks of addressing North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions and soothing tensions with the United States and China, APA reports quoting Reuters. The South Korean leader said he plans to send a special envoy to China to discuss Thaad and North Korea.

Leaders of 29 countries and senior officials from many more gather in Beijing on Sunday for to discuss Mr Xi's initiative to expand trade links between Asia, Africa and Europe through billions of dollars in infrastructure investment.

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

North Korea claims the primary suspect is a man identified only by the ubiquitous surname "Kim".

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Han Song-ryol, the country's vice foreign minister, called a meeting of foreign diplomats in Pyongyang to outline the Government's allegation that the CIA and South Korea's intelligence agency bribed and coerced a North Korean man into joining in the assassination plot. If South Korea is to tackle the critical diplomacy and security issues on the Korean Peninsula, it obviously must restore a healthy and close working relationship with the U.S., its most important partner.

Former South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun advocated a role as a "balancer" between the United States and China and took a conciliatory policy toward Pyongyang, thereby straining relations with Tokyo and Washington.

"Mun Jae-In... was elected to be the 19th-term "president" with 41 percent voting rate", it said, using the McCune-Reischauer transliteration system that is standard in North Korea.

But Beijing says the system will spy on its territory and has strongly criticised its deployment. Therefore, South Korea is doing the right thing under the leadership of President Moon to position itself in a more conciliatory tone to DPRK through peaceful dialog with each other rather than warmongering.

Some of those goals would collide with those of the Trump administration, which is seeking to place more economic sanctions on North Korea to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

The Trump administration has also been dismayed by Moon's questioning of deployment of a U.S. missile defence system in South Korea and expects some friction in ties, although USA officials say the new president may moderate his stances in office and the effect on the alliance will be limited.