Monday, 21 August, 2017

New S. Korean leader scraps plan for state history books

South Korea elections and North Korea New South Korea president vows to address North Korea, broader tensions 'urgently'
Christy Curtis | 20 May, 2017, 01:47

Japanese officials have described the first telephone call between new South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe as "positive and meaningful", with the two agreeing to cooperate closely to deal with North Korea.

While the USA claims the system - Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD - is necessary to protect Seoul from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Beijing views the deployment as going far beyond defending the south from the DPRK, instead boosting US capabilities for looking deep into Chinese territory and blunting China's "second-strike" capability in case of a nuclear confrontation with the U.S.

China sees the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, as a threat to its own security and will be hoping Moon follows through on his campaign pledge to review the system's deployment if elected.

Moon has previously expressed ambivalence over the THAAD system and told Xi he was "well aware" of Chinese concerns about it.

The South Korean leader said he plans to send a special envoy to China to discuss Thaad and North Korea.

Earlier this month, South Korean officials said the THAAD system was already operating, and experts say it will be extremely hard now for Moon to ask Washington to withdraw it.

Trump congratulated Moon on his election victory and promised to invite him to Washington.

The six-party talks on ending North Korea's nuclear ambitions have been stalled since late 2008, largely due to a North Korean boycott.

As some people in South Korea have cautious stances on the comfort women agreement, history issues need to be resolved in a wise manner for the development of both countries, Moon pointed out.

President Donald Trump looks up during a meeting about healthcare at the White House, March 13, 2017.

"I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula", he said today. To understand what kind of policy he will pursue requires familiarity with liberal foreign-policy thinking in South Korea since the 1998-2003 presidency of Kim Dae-jung.

Moon Jae-in, a Leftist politician, became the new President of South Korea on Tuesday, replacing the impeached former president Park Geun-hye.

"I want to say it sternly".

"I take this office empty-handed, and I will leave the office empty-handed", President Moon said during his May 10 inauguration speech, according to Reuters.

Moon said the alliance with Washington is his top priority.

The Trump administration, while sending its warm wishes to Moon, appears concerned that a pivot leftward for South Korea will significantly hurt its strategy to denuclearize North Korea.

Moon also raised the issue of apparent economic retaliation against South Korean firms in China, he said.

Accordingly, Mr Moon's government will have to maintain a rock-solid alliance with the United States while trying to improve relations with China, which have cooled since South Korea made a decision to host the THAAD system.

U.S. officials have expressed concern that Moon's advocacy of engagement with North Korea could undercut United States efforts to increase pressure through further isolation and sanctions.

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