Central Intelligence Agency consolidates assets, expertise & 'creativity' against 'North Korea target'

A thaw seems likely between Beijing and Seoul with the election of liberal politician Moon Jae-in as South Korea's new president as both sides have on Wednesday expressed willingness to reset strained relations amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula.

South Korea's new President Moon Jae In, who was sworn in yesterday after a landslide victory, has pledged to push for national unity while trying to address the country's security and diplomatic crisis "promptly". The two agreed to strengthen the U.S. -ROK alliance, according to a White House statement. President Trump said he will invite President Moon to the White House to celebrate the two leaders' election victories, saying he respects the choice made by the South Korean people.

The new U.S. administration has said a few times that it plans to take a far harder line towards North Korea and considers all ways of dealing with the Korean Peninsula's nuclear problem, including the use of force.

World War 3 fears are ramping up as Iran has fired a test torpedo, President Putin has started to reflect on war, and North Korea conducted yet another ballistic missile test over the weekend.

"But the specifics regarding the strategies for achieving those objectives is more complicated and detailed".

Analysts said Mr Moon's North Korea policy is a pragmatic one taking in recent developments on the Korean peninsula, and not a downright return to the Sunshine Policy. Moon has Washington anxious that his more moderate approach could undercut efforts to increase pressure and sanctions on Pyongyang, senior South Korean government officials have said.His election could also add volatility to relations with Washington, given his questioning of the THAAD deployment, but it was not expected to change the alliance significantly, a USA official said.

To defuse tensions in the region, Moon has promised to "negotiate sincerely" with the USA and China over the controversial United States missile defense system allegedly deployed to thwart potential attacks by North Korea.

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Mainhart's death came on the same day as the 36th annual memorial to honor fallen officers at the Arkansas state Capitol. Yell County Sheriff Bill Gilkey said Lt Mainhart was a great father and husband, as well as an excellent officer.

Suh Hoon, a career spy agency official who was instrumental in setting up two previous summits between the North and South, was named to head the National Intelligence Service.

Plus, North Korean attacks on South Korea - including the sinking of the Cheonan naval corvette in 2010 and the shelling of a South Korean island, which together claimed 50 lives - have sapped a lot of the South Korean energy to be nice to North Korea. The "Comprehensive Engagement Policy towards North Korea" was announced in 1998.

"If needed I will fly to Washington immediately", he said. The US has said in a statement that the system is necessary to guard against North Korean missile threats and has called China's concerns to be unfounded.

Moon said the decision shouldn't have been taken during the interim administration following the impeachment of his predecessor, Park Geun-hye, and he has said he would review the installation. "Under the right conditions, I will also go to Pyongyang". On the other hand, I will seriously negotiate with the USA and China over the issue of THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense).

Trump upset Seoul when he said in a Reuters interview last month he would like Seoul to pay for the system and further frictions are possible after he said he would either renegotiate or terminate a "horrible" free trade deal.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin also extended their congratulations to Moon on Wednesday via their ambassadors in Seoul.

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