South Korean president 'may visit Pyongyang'

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This was expressed by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone call to his newly elected South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in. He has also made it amply clear he does not support the deployment of U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), on his country's borders for which Trump has demanded South Korea pay $1 billion.

Being a liberal candidate from the Democratic Party, which has always preferred the "Sunshine Policy" seeking to promote dialogue with North Korea and improve relations through cultural and economic exchange, Moon had to portray a progressive image in dealing with North Korea during his presidential campaign.

President Moon talked up Australian wine and beef and said he hopes bilateral trade will develop further. He also said he was prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right".

Moon advocated a two-track approach of pressure and sanctions toward North Korea to resolve the country's nuclear issue in a comprehensive, staged way.

Seoul and Washington began deploying the Thaad system in March and it has since become operational.

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Xi told Moon that Seoul and Beijing should respect each other's concerns, set aside their differences, seek common ground and handle disputes appropriately, China's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Moon's predecessor, Park Geun-hye, who was impeached and ousted as president, had agreed to the deployment of THAAD, saying that it was needed to protect South Korea against a growing ballistic-missile threat from North Korea. Mr Moon, 64, said: 'I will urgently try to solve the security crisis.

"They agreed it would be important for the worldwide community to continue to pursue a robust response to North Korean violations of UN Security Council resolutions and other global obligations". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told the United Nations the US wants to bring North Korea to "its senses, not to its knees", according to the Newsweek report.

The six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear ambitions have been stalled since late 2008, largely due to a North Korean boycott.

"They agreed the bilateral relationship would continue to go from strength to strength".

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