SK envoys to hold talks in China

New South Korea's President Moon Jae-in center arrives at the National Cemetery in Seoul South Korea Wednesday

New South Korea's President Moon Jae-in center arrives at the National Cemetery in Seoul South Korea Wednesday

China has tested a new type of missile missile believed to be aimed at counterbalancing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system deployed by US in South Korea. His position conflicts with that of U.S. President Donald Trump, who seeks to increase pressure on Pyongyang through further isolation and sanctions. He will send a delegation to Beijing to discuss both North Korea and Thaad.

Beijing has said the system would spy on its territory.

Mr. Moon will have a hard diplomatic path to tread in his approach to the North, which dreams of a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental United States, and has vast artillery forces trained on Seoul.

According to Japanese officials with access to the leaders' 25-minute telephone talks, Abe said it is important to carry out the agreement, which was praised by the global community, "in a responsible manner".

Moon advocated dialogue with the North as well as sanctions, adopting a more conciliatory stance than his predecessor.

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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. He also said he was prepared to go to Pyongyang "if the conditions are right". The industrial park was shut down by the South Korean government in February 2016, in response to a ballistic missile test by North Korea. While Moon may try to soothe Chinese anger over the missile-defense system, many observers say it appears too late to call for its withdrawal, which would greatly undermine South Korea's relationship with Washington.

A liberal former human-rights lawyer, Mr Moon was sworn in a day earlier and said in his first speech as president that he would immediately address security tensions that have raised fears of war on the Korean peninsula.

Mr Moon told Mr Abe to "look straight at history" and not make the past "a barrier".

The Ministry of Unification said that the detailed report contrasted with its one-sentence dispatch in December 2012, when the former conservative President Park Geun-hye was elected.

During the 40-minute call, Xi stressed the importance of working together to achieve the common goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula - an aim dependent on resolving the thorny THAAD missile defense system issue.