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Will Moon and Trump hold a summit soon?

12 Mai 2017

"We hope the president will present his vision and government philosophy by working for coexistence between South Korea and the North, working for the peace of the Korean people and for reconciliation between the two Koreas".

Park's removal from office triggered a May 9 presidential by-election that the liberal Moon won.

Moon's election was top news on CCTV Wednesday morning, followed by detailed analyses of Moon's policies on denuclearization of North Korea, which include dialogue. A separate statement from Moon's Democratic Party said he was briefed on the status of the North Korean military and South Korea's military readiness.

"Sanctions against North Korea are also a means to bring the North to the negotiating table aimed at eliminating its nuclear weapons", Yoon told a briefing, adding that Xi indicated his agreement. He has said he would be prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right". South Korea's relations with Japan are strained by the Japanese military's sexual exploitation of South Korean women during World War II, and relations with China have been irritated over the deployment of the THAAD missile-defense system.

North Korea on Thursday demanded the handover of "terror suspects" involved in the plot but it did not identify anyone.

Moon told Abe that he held a similar view about the issues they face regarding North Korea.

"How to respond to North Korea.is an urgent issue".

The 40-minute conversation was the first in eight months between the heads of the two nations as relations suffered after Moon's predecessor allowed the U.S.to install Thaad. He even helped arrange a summit between his mentor, former President Roh Moo-hyun, and then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in 2007.

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Office workers and passersby lined the streets as Moon's motorcade passed through central Seoul en route to the presidential Blue House from parliament.

In a speech at the National Assembly hours after being declared the victor of Tuesday's election, Moon pledged to work for peace on the Korean Peninsula amid growing worry over the North's expanding nuclear weapons and missiles program.

While Moon may try to soothe Chinese anger over the THAAD deployment, many observers say it appears too late to call for its withdrawal, which would greatly undermine South Korea's relationship with Washington, its most important ally.

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.

While in captivity, James claims he regularly spoke with Tony Kim, a professor who was seized by North Korean officials "for acts of hostility" against the Hermit Kingdom.

In the first direct contact between the South Korean and Chinese leaders, Xi explained China's position, Yoon Young-chan, a spokesman for South Korea's presidential office said without elaborating.

Abe and Moon agreed to meet soon, and Xi invited the South Korean leader to Beijing.

Beijing - the North's biggest trade partner and diplomatic protector - is infuriated over the deployment of a United States missile defence system in the South, and Seoul is embroiled in a row with fellow USA ally Tokyo over wartime history.

Will Moon and Trump hold a summit soon?