South Korea to send special envoys on THAAD, DPRK to China

South Korea's new first lady Kim Jung-sook holds newly elected president Moon Jae-in's hand

South Korea's president-elect Moon Jae-in speaks to supporters at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, on May 9. This, in turn, could alarm a more conservative Washington. I will go to Beijing and I will go to Tokyo.

"It is important for South Korea to reassess its security dependence on the United States and on China for economic development", another added.

South Korea's new liberal President was sworn in yesterday and vowed to tackle immediately the hard tasks of addressing North Korea's advancing nuclear ambitions and soothing tensions with the United States and China.

The impeachment and ouster of Park Geun-hye left a vacuum in South Korea's leadership at a time when tensions on the peninsula rose to the highest in years.

It may welcome a controlled boost in economic ties - or even a bilateral summit in its capital under the right conditions, an idea Moon has already floated - but its primary worry is likely to remain national security.

A phone conversation between Moon and US President Donald Trump on Wednesday night also touched on the Korean Peninsula. But challenging Washington over THAAD might be hard for Moon.

Japanese officials have described the call as "positive and meaningful", with the two agreeing to cooperate closely to deal with North Korea.

Asked if the test's location in the Bohai Sea, close to the tensed Korean Peninsula, could show that the test was specifically aimed at Seoul's THAAD deployment, Song said that this was unlikely as Bohai is China's usual weapons testing ground.

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North Korea is approaching the capability to threaten America with a nuclear-tipped missile. It's highly unlikely that Moon will pursue the same level of rapprochement that past liberal governments took.

Yoon said the dispatches were mentioned during the first telephone conversation between Moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping which lasted for 40 minutes beginning at about noon.

"On behalf of the people and Government of Turkmenistan and personally, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov addressed honest congratulations to Moon Jae-in on his election as the President of the Republic of Korea", the statement said.

Beijing - the North's biggest trade partner and diplomatic protector - is infuriated over the deployment of a U.S. missile defence system in the South, and Seoul is embroiled in a row with fellow USA ally Tokyo over wartime history. China denies it has done anything to hurt South Korean businesses. Chinese group tours to South Korea have also been canceled, while anti-Korean sentiment has proliferated online.

North Korea is believed to be preparing for a sixth nuclear test and is working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the US. Abe called South Korea one of Japan's most important neighbors.

Moon praised Modi for his leadership, saying India was becoming a global leader on various worldwide issues, including North Korea's nuclear ambitions.

Japan has repeatedly insisted the agreement is irreversible despite the protests of now-elderly former "comfort women". Moon also calls for stronger punishment for white-collar crimes committed by chaebol owners and government officials who take bribes from them.