China pressures South Korea about missile system

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Chinese leaders don't often make congratulatory telephone calls to new foreign leaders right after they take office, normally sending envoys days or weeks later carrying personal letters instead.

The mission urged all United Nations member states to support North Korea in its efforts.

Moon also raised the issue of economic retaliation against South Korean firms in China, Yoon said. Beijing sees the system as a threat to its own security. A spokesperson for the liberal leader Moon Jae-in said Xi, who initiated the call, "explained the reasons for Beijing's strong and repeated opposition" to the deployment, Yonhap news agency reported. It said Moon told Abe that it was emotionally hard for South Koreans to accept the agreement. -South Korea alliance was strong and said North Korea's nuclear issue was a hard problem but one that could be resolved, the Blue House said in a statement.In his first key appointments, Moon named two liberal veterans with ties to the "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with North Korea from the 2000s to the posts of prime minister and spy chief.Moon named Suh Hoon, a career spy agency official and a veteran of inter-Korea ties, as the head of the National Intelligence Service. The date was not set for a potential visit by Moon.

Russian Federation is also willing to coordinate with South Korea in addressing global issues, Putin said.

South Korea's new president moves to soothe tensions with China
Seoul and Washington began deploying the Thaad system in March and it has since become operational. Some analysts said the move is a deceptive strategy aimed at sparking tension within South Korea.


President Moon Jae-in of South Korea on Wednesday. The two leaders also agreed to strengthen their alliance, the White House said.

North Korea is approaching the capability to threaten America with a nuclear-tipped missile. Conservative critics have anxious Moon's rise to power might cause a friction with Trump, who wants to increase pressure on North Korea with the help of China, the North's largest trading partner and aid benefactor.

During his call with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, the two leaders agreed that their countries must not let their hard history hamper co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program, Moon's office said.

Suga refused to confirm whether Moon told Abe that south Korea's public has difficulty accepting a 2015 agreement and Japan's compensation over the wartime sexual abuse of South Korean "comfort women" by the Japanese military. It said Moon told Abe that it was emotionally hard for South Koreans to accept the agreement. Mr. Moon's openness to dialogue need not be at odds with a tough stance in Washington, if Mr. Moon and Mr. Trump meet and forge a clear and common overall strategy. He had promised during his campaign to renegotiate it.

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