Korean president to attend ASEAN meetings, bilateral summits

15 Novembre, 2017, 02:12 | Auteur: Armand Coulomb
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Last month, the two countries' foreign ministry officials agreed to return to "a normal development track", mending relations that have been frayed since the decision by Seoul and Washington in July 2016 to deploy a Thaad battery in Korea to defend against North Korea. A statement released by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Nov. 12 said that Xi had reconfirmed China's position on deploying THAAD in South Korea during his meeting with Moon the previous day.

While President moon didn't mention the 'THAAD Word' once, this as effectively what it was all about, although no fine details have yet been forthcoming on what has been agreed between the two leaders. The comments can also be seen as a warning to South Korea not to let THAAD become a problem again.

SEOUL - The U.S. government confirmed Monday that it intends to initiate dialogue with North Korea as far as its denuclearization is concerned, a U.S. broadcaster reported. Both have urged caution and dialog as U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un engage in an escalating war of words.

"We consider dialogue for the sake of dialogue meaningless".

That Beijing would soften its stance so easily after 16 months of tensions aroused suspicion in some quarters, with South Korea's Joongang Ilbo newspaper likening it to a sudden end to a "dark, endless tunnel". Chinese President Xi Jinping mentioned the THAAD issue during his summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Da Nang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11.

The call came at an annual summit with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), known as the ASEAN Plus Three.

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Le milieu offensif ne fera pas plaisir aux décideurs du club de la capitale française. Pour l'instant, la situation semble donc être figée en coulisses.

Experts remain divided on how smooth the relationship will proceed from here on out, but what's for sure is that it's too soon to tell and we'll definitely find more out in a couple of weeks' time when South Korean President Moon makes that Beijing visit to face his Chinese counterpart in December.

The two heads of state agreed to normalise bilateral relations at the summit that took place on the sidelines of last weekend's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

The Seoul High Court delivered the sentence to the 61-year-old Moon Hyung-pyo, who is accused of pressuring the National Pension Service (NPS) to approve a controversial merger of two Samsung units deemed vital for a smooth leadership transfer to the group's heir Lee Jae-yong.

It then required the country to comply immediately and fully with relevant U.N. Security Council resolutions. But it has vowed never to give up its nuclear arsenal.

"I hope our talks today will serve as a valuable opportunity to discuss specific ways to expand our cooperation on issues of mutual interest and normalize our practical cooperation in areas ranging from economy and trade to cultural and personnel exchanges that deteriorated in the past year." 1, .

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