Trump willing to 'make peace' with Pyongyang

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20 May, 2017

BEIJING, May 19 (Reuters) - China wants to put ties with South Korea back on a "normal track", President Xi Jinping said on Friday, but Beijing also urged Seoul to respect its concerns and resolve tensions over the deployment of a USA anti-missile system that it opposes.

South Korea is still anxious to reopen communication lines with North Korea, despite missile test last weekend, as the country's new president Moon Jae-in follows his dual-track policy of using sanctions to push denuclearisation while encouraging dialogue.

The Seoul mayor is the seventh special envoy to be named by Moon since the new South Korean leader came into office last Wednesday.

DONALD Trump would have "maybe 10 minutes" to decide whether to launch a retaliatory strike against North Korea - should it ever fire a missile that's capable of reaching the U.S. mainland, experts say. But Moon was North Korea's favored candidate during the campaign and the new president, in his inaugural address, said that he would be willing to go to Pyongyang for talks "under the right circumstances", echoing what Trump had said 10 days prior.

In its previous missile launch at the end of April, North Korea's regime suffered a second failure in a row with its latest ballistic missile test attempt amid continuing tensions with the US and South Korea.

The comments came hours after the South, which hosts 28,500 U.S. troops, said it wanted to reopen a channel of dialogue with North Korea as Moon seeks a two-track policy, involving sanctions and dialogue, to try to rein in its neighbour.

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Although the two countries are allies, they are divided over the issue of whether South Korea has to pay for the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) anti-missile system deployed in the south of the country.

Kong told reporters on arrival that the South Korean president had asked him to convey to the USA government and people his thoughts on South Korea and the alliance and the deployment of the United States missile defense system "Thad".

Moon's envoy to China, former prime minister Lee Hae-chan, arrived there on Thursday with a letter from Moon to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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.

"We're now at a crossroads in our relations", Wang told Lee as he urged the new South Korean administration to make a decision to "remove the obstacles" that stand in the way of healthy ties between the two Asian economic powerhouses. He also said there are many companies willing to invest in North Korea and if the North makes the right choice, it will be good for its development, according to Hong. US President Donald Trump has recently made remarks to this end which have caused confusion in South Korea. His envoy for Russian Federation will leave next week.


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