Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul

Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has met with a special envoy sent by new South Korean President Moon Jae-in as the two countries attempt to fix relations damaged by China's strong objections to the deployment of a high-tech American missile defense system in South Korea meant to guard against North Korean threats.

Haley said a plan is still in the works between the US, Japan, South Korea and China - North Korea's only major ostensible ally - to halt North Korea's progress on nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles.

China for its part has been infuriated by the USA deployment of an advanced Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system in South Korea, saying it was a threat to its security and would do nothing to ease tension with Pyongyang. South Korean businesses have faced boycotts, especially the retail group Lotte which provided the land on which the system is being constructed.

Former National Assembly Deputy Speaker Moon Hee-sang on Wednesday held a meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo to deliver the point.

The election of Moon Jae-in as South Korea's president marks the re-emergence of a major player that had been silenced for five crucial months because of the country's political paralysis, which ended with the impeachment and arrest of his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye. Trump said he expects positive results on the North Korean nuclear issue through close cooperation with the Moon administration.

Envoy to United States will discuss THAAD deployment and North Korea; envoy to Japan held meeting on comfort women agreement Special envoys to the USA and Japan bearing a personal letter from President Moon Jae-in departed for Washington and Tokyo on May 17.

In April Trump had said Seoul should pay as much as $1 billion for the missile defense system.

The two countries also confirmed that Moon and Trump shared four broad principles in dealing with the North Korean nuclear crisis, Yoon said.

"Russia is very anxious about the isolation of North Korea and believes that makes the situation unsafe as the United States is taking a confrontational approach", he told DW.

The envoy replied that such remarks were a part of a process of resolving the North Korean nuclear issue. The statement follows Pyongyang's new missile test, which has been strongly condemned by the UN. The special envoy is scheduled to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping this week to schedule summit talks between the two countries and in hopes to restore bilateral relations back to normal.

"We now need to apply pressure on North Korea, and Japan and the United States need to coordinate closely so as to apply pressure", Abe told reporters.

Cathcart said "things are certainly fraught in a way that is worrisome, if not indicative of a wholesale shift in Beijing", but he added that the opaque nature of politics in the two neighboring authoritarian regimes meant reading the tea leaves was always hard.