South Koreans hope to resume business at joint factory park

Chinese rappers take aim at American antimissile system in South Korea

Chinese rappers take aim at American antimissile system in South Korea

The South Korean president is expected to send a delegation to Beijing to discuss both North Korea and THAAD.

A Downing Street spokesman said the two leaders vowed to remain "close partners" on issues including defence and security.

"Mun Jae-In. was elected to be the 19th-term "president" with 41% voting rate", it said, using the McCune-Reischauer transliteration system that is standard in North Korea.

"They agreed the United Kingdom and Republic of Korea would remain close partners on a wide range of issues, including trade, defence and security".

The THAAD deployment was agreed by Moon's predecessor, conservative leader Park Guen-hye.

But Trump's pronouncements open the door for Moon to push for rethinking the THAAD deployment and the role of the U.S.in guaranteeing regional security.

"I, too, aim to find a way to begin talks quickly between North and South Korea as well as the six-party talks", Moon said, referring to talks aimed at denuclearising North Korea involving the United States, China, Japan, Russia and the two Koreas.

Beijing says the system threatens China's own security because its radar system is able to peer deep into the country's northeast and monitor its flights and missile launches.

China hoped South Korea "pays attention to China's security concerns" and deals "appropriately" with the Thaad issue, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman told a briefing in Beijing.

USA officials have said they see no value in resuming global talks with North Korea under current circumstances and that Pyongyang must make clear it is committed to denuclearization. "I would like to closely cooperate with the president to achieve the denuclearisation of North Korea", Abe told Moon.

Moon advocates dialogue and reconciliation with the North to defuse the situation and eventually lure it to negotiations. Moon also said he would review the THAAD deployment. This softer approach might put him at odds with the United States, South Korea's most important ally.

"This is in the common interest of China and South Korea as well as overall peace and stability in the region", Xi said, according to the statement.

Furthermore, tensions with North Korea will only rise since citizens believe that the U.S. missile defense system in South Korea could provoke Kim Jong-Un to initialize a nuclear strike.

It has taken a series of moves against South Korean firms seen as economic retaliation.

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