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After SKorean leader eyes North trip, Trump offers US invite

Ramiro Mantilla | 15 Мая, 2017, 10:59

"While supporting South Korea's position and opposing North Korea's nuclear development, President Moon explained his own policy of employing both sanctions and dialogue at the same time to help resolve the North Korean nuclear issue", Yoon said.

South Korea's new president launched global efforts to defuse tensions over North Korea's weapons development yesterday, urging both dialogue and sanctions while also aiming to ease Chinese anger about an American anti-missile system.

Moon also expressed hopes the two countries would be able to cooperate in developing East Asia, including extending a natural gas pipeline from Siberia to South Korea, the Blue House said.

Moon has called the rushed deployment of THAAD prior to the Tuesday elections "strongly regrettable" as it infringes on South Korea's sovereignty and its democratic process, stripping his government of the right to decide on an appropriate policy in relation to missile defense.

Moon first spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and later to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Their 20-minute conversation came as Turnbull wished to congratulate Moon on his recent election as Seoul's new leader.

The conservative Park took a hard line on Pyongyang and its nuclear and missile programs.

South Korea is highly appreciative of China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, and expects it to bring prosperity to countries and regions along its routes, including South Korea and China, Moon said.

Asked in an interview with NBC News conducted on Thursday whether Moon's approach would mean a change in United States strategy, Trump replied: "He's more open to discussion". As for curbing North Korea's nuclear and military ambitions, both leaders agreed they should be willing to negotiate with the regime, but also enforce sanctions if necessary.

Left-leaning Moon Jae-in, who was sworn in as president in the capital Seoul, backs engaging diplomatically with the North.

The protest was lodged by the recently revived Foreign Affairs Committee of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly, which said the US House of Representatives was "obsessed" with a sense of disapproval and warned it of dire consequences.

Mainstream historians say up to 200,000 women, mostly from Korea but also China and other parts of Asia, were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during World War II.

Mr Moon swept to power on Monday in an unprecedented election that was called after his predecessor Park Geun-Hye was impeached over a corruption scandal.

In remarks carried by the Xinhua news agency, Mr Xi said he hoped the two close neighbours could respect each other's major concerns and legitimate interests and try to seek common ground and handle disputes properly.