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Moon urges both talks and sanctions to rein in N Korea


South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in spoke to the leaders of China and Japan on 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.

In first summit, two leaders likely to discuss THAAD, defense cost-sharing, free trade and North Korea issue Amid indications that South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump will be soon holding a summit, the next questions are when the summit meeting will be held and what the two leaders will discuss.

North Korea's Korean Central TV Broadcasting Station released what it claims are satellite images of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system deployed in South Korea's Seongju county on May 8, 2017.

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

Moon said he will send a delegation to Beijing to discuss both North Korea and THAAD. Moon's aides say he will commute from his home for the first few days as workers finish furnishing the Blue House residential space for him.

Mr. Moon will take office at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea.

Of course, as South Korea's new leader, Moon's influence will extend far beyond tensions with North Korea.

In his speech, Moon, 64, also pledged to sever what he described as the collusive ties between business and government that have plagued many of South Korea's family-run conglomerates, known as chaebol, and vowed to be incorruptible.

"We want to contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean peninsula together with other countries including South Korea", The Global Times quoted Xi as saying.


The deployment of the THAAD system was agreed on by Park's administration a year ago after North Korea conducted a long-range rocket launch that put an object into space.

But if they truly represent the deployment site in South Korea and where the North got the imagery are not clear from the information given in the broadcast.

The Thaad deployment was agreed by Mr Moon's predecessor, conservative leader Park Guen-hye. Moon also said he would review the THAAD deployment.

The call also touched on a controversial 2015 agreement over compensating South Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II, Moon's office said.

While taking the oath of office Wednesday, Moon said he's open to visiting North Korea under the right conditions.

All eyes are on Seoul after South Korea's Democratic Party President Moon Jae-In was sworn in Wednesday, promising to ease the crisis on the Korean peninsula and balance relations with long-time ally the United States and its rising neighbor, China.

Moon's election could add volatility to relations with Washington, given his questioning of the THAAD deployment, but it was not expected to change the alliance significantly, a US official said.

During his campaign, many conservatives anxious that Moon's election would cause problems with Washington, Seoul's most important ally, because of his engagement policy on North Korea would clash with Trump's push to maximize pressures on the country.

Despite this, Moon and Abe also reportedly agreed to cooperate on measures to curb North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

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