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Korea's Moon to send delegation to China amid frayed ties

Korea's Moon to send delegation to China amid frayed ties

Moon has said the decision was made hastily and his government should have the final say, but analysts say it would be hard to remove THAAD now it has been deployed.

Park, who was ousted and faces trial over a corruption and influence-peddling scandal, favored a tough stance against the North, including punishing United Nations economic sanctions and diplomatic pressure.

While South Korea, China and Japan all share worry about North Korea, ties between South Korea and China have been strained by South Korea's decision to install a USA anti-missile system in defense against the North.

"The South Korea-U.S. alliance is more important than at any other time given the growing uncertainties over the security situation of the Korean Peninsula", Moon said, according to a statement from the presidential office.

President Donald Trump and Moon spoke by telephone Wednesday.

In his first key appointments, President Moon Jae-in named two liberal veterans with ties to the "Sunshine Policy" of engagement with North Korea from the 2000s to the posts of prime minister and spy chief.

A high-ranking Japanese official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Moon's willingness to meet Abe marks "a clear difference" from the attitude of former South Korean President Park Geun-hye. China has vowed appropriate response for THAAD missile batteries.

The White House said Tuesday it looks forward to working with Moon.

In his inauguration speech, Moon promised political reforms to put checks and balances on the power of the presidency.

The new president said he would increase efforts to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

He has called for pressure on Pyongyang to be balanced with engagement, voicing openness to nuclear talks with Kim. "I am willing to go anywhere for the peace of the Korean Peninsula " if needed, I will fly immediately to Washington.

"I will urgently try to solve the security crisis", Moon said in the domed rotunda hall of the parliament building. National elections are public holidays in South Korea and preliminary figures showed a turnout of 77.2 per cent the highest for 20 years in a presidential poll. The country hosts some 28,000 USA forces.

A THAAD missile truck in South Korea.

Park's decision to allow the United States to base the state-of-the-art missile-defense system THAAD in South Korea's territory to cope with North Korean nuclear threats is a major irritant. -South Korea partnership survived. Before South Koreans voted, he demanded a payment of $1 billion for the THAAD system.

"Considering the type of missile and the test location it is evident that we conducted a firing experiment targeting aircraft carriers, and the warhead possibly featured an electromagnetic pulse that could destroy a carrier's command system, as well as the THAAD system", Song said. China denies it has done anything to hurt South Korean businesses. China opposes the antimissile system and having its powerful radar so close to the country's border. He promises stronger government support for small companies and startups, and to reduce South Korea's notoriously long work hours to help boost job creation.


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