South Korea to attend China's Silk Road summit amid diplomatic rift

"Threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile development have entered a new stage", Japan's Mr Abe told Mr Moon in their telephone call, according to Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda.

Putin's remarks came during a call to his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, who came into office earlier in the week following his election in a rare presidential by-election held Tuesday.

Moon and Turnbull have also agreed to enhance their countries' cooperation on ending North Korea's nuclear ambition, agreeing to hold a two-on-two meeting involving their foreign and defense ministers.

He told Xi the ultimate goal of sanctions was to persuade North Korea to engage in dialogue about abolishing its nuclear program.

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in speaks at the presidential Blue House in Seoul after taking the oath of office on May 10, 2017.

Trump replied that he would send a high-level advisory team to Seoul to discuss Moon's visit to the United States.

"I am well aware of the concern and fear of the Chinese about the THAAD deployment", Moon was quoted as saying when Xi explained the Chinese stance on the matter.

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In response, Moon said he would like to exercise wisdom to resolve various issues so the two East Asian neighbors can develop a good relationship. He has said he would be prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right". Moon also has questioned the deployment of a US missile defense system the last government rushed into service.

The two leaders agreed that their common goal is denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

He was elected following a corruption scandal that saw his conservative predecessor Park Geun-Hye impeached. However, while Donald Trump has sought the help of countries such as Russia, China, Japan, as well as South Korea in dealing with Kim, Moon is intent on adopting a more lenient approach, Newsweek reports.

Park, who also served as co-chairman of Moon's presidential campaign team, is expected to meet key Chinese officials on the sidelines of the forum to discuss the ways to fix bilateral relations, the official told Yonhap.

Korea Economic Institute analyst Troy Stangarone told VOA that Moon has stated he would only negotiate with North Korea after consulting with the United States. The position of the Ministry's North American Affairs Bureau has been that a summit with the U.S. should be held as soon as possible after the new South Korean president is inaugurated. With Seoul now sharing the latter view, Beijing will feel even less pressure to seriously tighten the screws on North Korea, as Trump has been urging.

A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday Washington remained open to talks with North Korea, but needed to see that it would "cease all its illegal activities and aggressive behaviour in the region". The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

  • Sonia Alvarado