China pressures South Korea about missile system

China pressures South Korea about missile system

South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In spoke to the leaders of China and Japan Thursday, hours after a telephone call with his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump, officials said, as he began shaping his approach to the nuclear-armed North. "Israel can offer to Korea some great solutions in this field, something which is getting more important, especially these days", he said, apparently referring to threats South Korea faces from North Korea's growing nuclear and missile arsenals.

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.

North Korea and the United States are at loggerheads with both sides issuing menacing threats.

Moon advocated dialogue with the North as well as sanctions, adopting a more conciliatory stance than his predecessor. First freeze North Korea's nuclear development, then engage with them economically before before working towards the ultimate goal of denuclearization. New President Moon Jae-in has appointed a successor but Lee will remain in office until parliament approves the nomination. Moon accepted the invitation at an "early date" but no specific time was set, according to a statement.

Boyle suggested that pulling the THAAD system out of South Korea could be accomplished as part of an overall deal among between the United States, China and North Korea for the denuclearization of the North.

China says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (Thaad) undermines its security, as its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory. He also said he was prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right".

More news: North Korea poses 'existential' threat, US intel chief warns

South Korean activists hold a banner during a rally against the plan to deploy the USA -built Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, near the US embassy in Seoul, July 11, 2016.

Both sides should respect each other's major concerns and legitimate interests and try best to seek common ground and handle disputes properly, Xi said.

The deployment of THAAD was agreed by former President Park Geun-hye's administration past year. Moon said he thinks so, too.

Xi during the call, also expressed China's commitment to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through "dialogue", a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

"I want to appropriately manage the Japan-South Korea relations, including the bilateral agreement", Abe was quoted as saying. Park had long refused to meet Abe because of issues related to Japan's brutal colonization of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

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