White House delegation in Seoul to discuss Trump-Moon summit Updated

Candice Alexander
May 17, 2017

South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in will travel to Washington late June for his first summit with his US counterpart Donald Trump, said Yoon Young-chan, senior presidential secretary on Tuesday. But, ... we know for sure that the head of that delegation, Matt Pottinger, the senior director for East Asia at the National Security Council in Washington will meet with Chung Eyui-yong, the head of the Moon administration's foreign affairs and security advisory group.

Senior presidential press secretary Yoon Young-chan made an official announcement of the special envoys in the presidential Blue House.

According to AP, North Korea launched a test ballistic missile that reached high altitude levels but eventually landed on the Sea of Japan.

Under the leadership of third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un, North Korea has been speeding up its pursuit of a decades-long goal of developing nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching the US mainland.

His delegation is expected to meet key Chinese government officials on the sidelines of the forum to discuss ways to fix their bilateral ties strained over the deployment of a USA missile defense system, known as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD.in South Korea, the official said. The exact date and agenda will be decided through further discussions, Yoon said.

Liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in favors a softer approach to North Korea than his conservative predecessors and has offered to visit Pyongyang if the circumstances are right.

This must have come as a shock to President Moon Jae-in.

North Korea launched what is believed to be an intermediate-range missile on Sunday, prompting fresh condemnation from both Seoul and Washington, as well as the UN Security Council.

The latest provocation put Moon's North Korea policy to an early test.

The growing threats from the North prompted Seoul to recently deploy a powerful U.S. anti-missile system despite angry opposition from neighbouring China, the South's biggest trading partner, which sees it as a threat to its own military capability. Moon took office on May 10, one day after a snap election brought by the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye.

On the sidelines of the talks with Chung, Pottinger also paid a seven-minute courtesy call to Moon.

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