Global News

Moon, Abe agree to co-operate on North Korea

Moon, Abe agree to co-operate on North Korea

Moon Jae-in from the South Korean Democratic Party on Wednesday became the new president of the Asian nation with support of 41.1 percent of voters, according to National Electoral Commission (NEC). Moon took office instantly, without a transitional period.

China sees the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system as a threat to its own military capability and has slapped a series of measures against South Korean businesses seen as economic retaliation.

Easing tensions over the antimissile system was a crucial topic when President Xi Jinping of China called Moon on Thursday to congratulate him on his election as president two days before.

As well as clouding efforts to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions, the Thaad deployment has also led to recriminations from Beijing against South Korean companies.

The dispute could complicate what has been a growing alliance between the countries, although Moon also stressed that historical problem should not hinder bilateral relations on other issues.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below.

China views THAAD as a threat and a destabilizing influence in the region, and has retaliated against South Korea with limits on tourism and imports.

In the first direct contact between the South Korean and Chinese leaders, Mr Xi explained Beijing's position, said Mr Yoon, the South Korean presidential spokesman, without elaborating.

May says not taking local election triumph for granted
Turnout was low; dipping below 30 per cent in some of the polls, which were held for 88 of Britain's 418 local councils. The party's vote was squeezed in Brexit-supporting parts of the country, limiting gains.


Some of those goals would collide with those of the Trump administration, which is seeking to place more economic sanctions on North Korea to pressure Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

Xi during the call, also expressed China's commitment to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through "dialogue", a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry said.

In January, a book by Moon was published where he wrote that South Korea should learn to "say no to America" and become self-reliant in the field of defense capabilities, shifting wartime operational control of the South Korean armed forces from the US back to Seoul.

He had said that he looked forward to working with Moon to further strengthen the strategic partnership.

North Korea, as of Thursday morning, had yet to comment officially on Moon's election, but experts say there's no reason for it to dislike his win.

It said Moon told Abe that it was emotionally hard for South Koreans to accept the agreement. Moon has called for a renegotiation of the pact. In his inaugural address, he promised to "negotiate sincerely" with the US and China to resolve the issue.

Pyongyang sent letters to the United States in 1984 calling for the opening of three-way talks between Pyongyang, Seoul and Washington.


  • Here's how much the Baahubali 2 star cast got paid

    Here's how much the Baahubali 2 star cast got paid

    Interestingly, this is not the only Hindi-dubbed movie in the list of top-grossing Hindi language films. The movie broke all box office records till date and now minted about 1220 Crores.
    Retail inflation drops to four-month low of 3.85% in April

    Retail inflation drops to four-month low of 3.85% in April

    IIP grew 2.7% in March according to the new series, compared with 2.5% according to the old series. The factory output, as per the IIP's new base year, had increased by 3.4 per cent during 2015-16.

    Buffett criticizes United and its CEO over dragging incident

    But 3G has been frequently criticized for its ruthless cost-cutting measures, including layoffs. Warren Buffett is considered one of the world's greatest investors, yet even he makes mistakes.
  • FBI Raids GOP Consulting Firm, Setting Off (False) Alarms Online

    FBI Raids GOP Consulting Firm, Setting Off (False) Alarms Online

    According to NBC 4 Washington , the investigation into Strategic Campaign Group is tied to a lawsuit over the 2013 Virginia governor's race.

    Kite Pharma Discloses CAR-T Patient Death, Rattling Investors

    Finally, Rothschild Investment Corp IL acquired a new position in Kite Pharma during the first quarter worth $522,000. On average, analysts anticipate that Kite Pharma will post ($8.14) EPS for the current year.

    Is "Hindutva" film 'Baahubali-2' going to face ban?

    These phenomenal earning have made the " Baahubali " series stand out in history being the only series to enter the unimaginable Rs 1000 crore .
  • United States  sees Iran working to preserve nuclear deal

    United States sees Iran working to preserve nuclear deal

    He said that China still needs to do more to pressure North Korea before it will change its behavior and can do more. Coats said the situation will deteriorate, and the Taliban will make gains, especially in rural areas.

    After SKorean leader eyes North trip, Trump offers US invite

    The system has angered Beijing , which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its military operations. While taking the oath of office Wednesday, Moon said he's open to visiting North Korea under the right conditions.
    Inspired Alves leads Juventus into Champions League final

    Inspired Alves leads Juventus into Champions League final

    Beating PSG kept alive Nice's chances of leapfrogging the capital side and snatching automatic Champions League qualification. Kickoff! Monaco face a tall task against arguably the best defensive unit in the world, but they won a corner 30 seconds in.
  • Capitals top Penguins, force Game 7

    Capitals top Penguins, force Game 7

    The Capitals appeared to be on their way to another disappointing playoff exit, falling behind 3-1 in the series after four games. Game 7 will be Wednesday night in Washington, where Crosby, perhaps the best player in the world, is expected to take the ice.
    Eman Ahmed's Weight Loss: PR Stunt Or Unrealistic Expectations?

    Eman Ahmed's Weight Loss: PR Stunt Or Unrealistic Expectations?

    The 37-year-old's sister has said the hospital's claim are bogus and questioned the hospital's claims of her weight loss. Ahmed flew out to Abu Dhabi on an EgyptAir cargo plane at 7.41 p.m."It was an emotional moment for all of us".

    French campaign revs up with rival rallies, May Day marches

    She also claimed that his pro-business policies would not create jobs but send them overseas and leave French workers hungry. Mr Melenchon says he will cast a vote against Ms Le Pen but will not instruct his supporters on how to vote.