What Other Countries Are Doing About the North Korea Threat

Toby Manning
May 16, 2017

Meanwhile, the new president, after being sworn in has expressed his willingness to visit Pyongyang in the middle of high tensions with North Korea, an AFP report said.

WASHINGTON/ SEOUL-President Donald Trump on Wednesday invited South Korea's new president to visit the White House after an election victory that could cause friction between the allies over how to deal with North Korea's nuclear threat.

Seoul suspended operations at Kaesong in February 2016, after officials of the former Park Geun-hye administration said the revenue North Korea earned from factories was being used to fund Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

"President Moon said the THAAD issue can be resolved when there is no further provocation by North Korea", spokesman Yoon Young-chan said.

Trump reaffirmed the US-South Korea alliance was strong and said North Korea's nuclear issue was a hard problem but one that could be resolved, the Blue House said in a statement. But Trump's recent remarks that he would be "honored" to talk to the North Korean leader "under the right circumstances" indicates that the USA may in fact be considering the dialogue option, and if that is the case, President Moon is likely to have high hopes in the new USA administration's approach.

10 de mayo de 2017, 16:05Tokyo, May 10 (Prensa Latina) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe congratulated Moon Jae-in Wednesday, because of his electoral victory in the presidential elections of South Korea. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the diplomacy and demanded anonymity.

China contends the system's radar ranges into its territory and threatens its security.

Taking up duties as commander in chief, Moon received a call from Army General Lee Sun Jin, chairman of South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff, who briefed him on the military's preparedness against North Korea.

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While the US claims the system - Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD - is necessary to protect Seoul from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Beijing views the deployment as going far beyond defending the south from the DPRK, instead boosting USA capabilities for looking deep into Chinese territory and blunting China's "second-strike" capability in case of a nuclear confrontation with the U.S.

Moon has made it known he is no fan of THAAD, which was hurriedly deployed just before his election.

Incidentally, 64-year-old Moon is the son of a North Korean refugee.

"On the basis of mutual understanding and mutual respect, China will consolidate political mutual trust, properly handle differences, strengthen coordination and cooperation, and promote healthy and stable development of bilateral relations", Xi said.

Being a politician Moon may yet go back on THAAD but if so it won't be a popular choice.

That may set up a possible dispute with Seoul as Moon favors talks with the North and has said he would re-establish trade ties between the two countries, which remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice instead of a peace treaty.

He has also said he wants to reconsider the USA deployment of THAAD anti-missile system on the Korean peninsula.

In the run up to today's elections Moon got an unlikely boost from the delusional Trump who suggested South Koreans – who don't want THAAD in the first place – should pay the U.S. for it. "Issues to be re-examined include whether it is useful militarily and whether Seoul would be able to meet President Trump's call to pay $1 billion in cost", he said.

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