South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In spoke to the leaders of China and Japan Thursday, hours after a telephone call with his United States counterpart Donald Trump, officials said, as he began shaping his approach to the nuclear-armed North.
But in their talk over the phone, Moon ended up being pressed by Chinese President Xi Jinping to review the THAAD deployment, with Xi saying, "China hopes for a development of relations through actual action".
South Korea's first liberal leader in a decade, Moon also said he'll "sincerely negotiate" with the United States, Seoul's top ally, and China, South Korea's top trading partner, over the contentious deployment of an advanced USA missile-defense system in southern South Korea.
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In January, a book by Moon was published where he wrote that South Korea should learn to "say no to America" and become self-reliant in the field of defense capabilities, shifting wartime operational control of the South Korean armed forces from the US back to Seoul.
Abe also said he'd like to host a trilateral summit in Tokyo with his Chinese and South Korean peers as soon as possible, and hold a bilateral meeting with Moon as well.
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America's role in the region could be set to change as well, with Moon emphasizing that South Korea needs to stand its ground when it comes to Washington.
The White House says Trump spoke with President Moon Jae-in to congratulate him on his election victory and his country's "peaceful, democratic transition of power".
But Beijing said the system will spy on its territory and strongly criticised its deployment and the relations between the two countries have deteriorated over the issue, BBC reported. "If the conditions shape up, I will go to Pyongyang", Moon said.
He added that the goal of the sanctions on North Korea is to lead Pyongyang to negotiations to ultimately scrap its nuclear program, and Xi was said to have expressed agreement. Moon's favouring more independence in ties with the USA - a stance not contrary to Trump's own foreign policy vision - creates some common ground.
The deployment is also unpopular among South Koreans who live near the site that hosts the system because they believe it makes them a target.
"These biochemical substances were to be provided with the assistance of the CIA. while the South Korean Intelligence Service was to provide necessary support and funding for this attempt at assassination on our supreme leader". He had promised during his campaign to renegotiate it.
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