DENUCLEARISING NORTH A ‘COMMON GOAL’
In call with Xi, Moon proposes delegation to Beijing to discuss THAAD, North Korea
Ties between Seoul and Beijing have soured over the South’s deployment of a controversial United States anti-missile system aimed at guarding against threats from the nuclear-armed North.
China sees the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system as a threat to its military capability and has slapped measures against South Korean businesses seen as economic retaliation.
In their first phone conversation, the two leaders “agreed that denuclearising the Korean peninsula was the two countries’ “common goal”, Moon’s spokesman, Yoon Young-Chan, said.
Moon, who took office on Wednesday, favours engagement with the North, whose key diplomatic backer is China, to bring it
Lavrov, who earlier met Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, said his discussions with members of the Trump administration convinced him they were people who wanted to cut deals and solve problems.
The White House said Trump “raised the possibility of broader cooperation on resolving conflicts in the Middle East and elsewhere” and sought to build a better relationship the countries. to the negotiating table over its nuclear and missile ambitions.
He previously expressed ambivalence over the THAAD system and told Xi he was “well aware” of Chinese concerns about it, calling for bilateral talks to “increase understanding over the issue”.
Trump underscored “the need for Russia to rein in the Assad regime, Iran and Iranian proxies”, the White House said.
Meanwhile, the Senate intelligence committee subpoenaed former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn for documents related to the panel’s investigation into Russia’s election meddling.
Flynn was fired by Trump after less than a month on the job for
During the 40-minute conversation, he also proposed sending a special delegation to Beijing that would “exclusively discuss the THAAD and the North’s nuclear issues”, Yoon said.
Xi officially invited Moon to visit Beijing, Yoon said. AFP misleading Vice-President Mike Pence and top officials about his communications during the presidential transition with Russia’s ambassador to the US.
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