China pressures South Korea about missile system

Chinese leader Xi Jinping and new South Korean president Moon Jae-In agreed Thursday that denuclearising North Korea was a "common goal" between them, Moon's office said.

"How to respond to North an urgent issue".

During the 40-minute conversation he also proposed sending a special delegation to Beijing that will "exclusively discuss the THAAD and the North's nuclear issues", Yoon said.

While South Korea, China and Japan all worry about North Korea, ties between South Korea and China have been strained by South Korea's decision to install a U.S. anti-missile system in defence against the North.

China says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) undermines its security as its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory.

Beijing's displeasure over THAAD has reportedly been felt by South Korean businesses, particularly Lotte, the South Korean conglomerate that signed off on a land swap deal with the government to provide a site for the THAAD launch systems in late February.

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Moon did not express a negative view of the 2015 "comfort women" agreement, the official told reporters.

Moon is widely expected to seek engagement with North Korea to improve long-strained ties though Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs are limiting his leeway for reconciliatory policies. China has also made clear its objections to the system, even deploying children as young as 7 in a series of anti-THAAD boycotts and rallies. He has said he would be prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right". North Korea continued its progress in becoming a nuclear state.

"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.

A phone conversation between Moon and US President Donald Trump on Wednesday night also touched on the Korean Peninsula. It said Moon told Abe that it was emotionally hard for South Koreans to accept the agreement. He had promised during his campaign to renegotiate it.

"In 1992 and 1997, North Korea released more lengthy commentary about South Korea's presidential elections", said Lee Eugene, vice spokesperson at the ministry, at a press briefing.

Many see Moon's manner as a refreshing break from his disgraced, jailed predecessor Park Geun-hye, whom critics saw as aloof and autocratic.

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