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Rappers to Seoul: 'Big brother' opposes missile shield

Rappers to Seoul: 'Big brother' opposes missile shield

During the call, the presidents discussed the deployment of the THAAD missile defence system in South Korea, which has always been criticized by China, as well as Moon's concerns about China's perceived economic retaliation against South Korea, according to Yonhap news agency.

Moon in a phone call with Abe last week said that most Koreans can not accept the agreement. With a new president in South Korea, debates will continue about how Seoul can convince China to use its leverage on Pyongyang to get it to freeze its nuclear weapons program.

North Korea has carried out two atomic tests and dozens of missile launches since the beginning of previous year, in its quest to develop a missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead to the continental US.

So said President Donald J. Trump a little over a week ago about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. He served in South Korea.

The North also dismissed arguments that the missile launch was related to the inauguration of the Moon government.

"President Trump talked largely about the big picture and stressed that we can achieve an outcome through the strong unity of the alliance and worldwide cooperation", Hong said.

This may be unacceptable to China, which argues THAAD is part of a United States effort to contain its growing military power and spy on activity within China using the missile system's powerful radar.

Adam Cathcart, an expert on China and Korea at the University of Leeds, said Beijing "has really backed itself into a corner on the THAAD issue, having made it an explicit red line issue for the Chinese public".

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"China can be more flexible", Zhao said.

The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the program is necessary to counter USA aggression. North Korea's testing of the new missile system may make it more hard for Moon to follow along the path of reconciliation, However, in his first key appointments Moon appointed supporters of the earlier Sunshine Policy of improving ties with the North, to the positions of prime minister and head of intelligence.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the United States was working with China on a new sanctions resolution and warned that all countries must step up action against North Korea or face measures themselves.

"If you are a country that is supplying or supporting North Korea, we will call you out on it", she said.

According to the most recent available figures from the Beijing municipal tourism authority, an estimated 200,000 Koreans live in the capital, mainly in Wangjing and Wudaokao in the northern part of the city.

"We hope the new government will correct the problems that we have encountered and take effective measures and positions as soon as possible to remove the obstacles that have been placed on the road to good relations between our two countries", Wang told Seoul's envoy to China, Lee Hae-chan. Upon receiving hand-written letter from Moon, Chinese President Xi Jinping said China was "willing to work with South Korea to preserve the hard-won results, properly handle disputes, and put bilateral ties back onto a normal track to benefits of both people on the basis of mutual understanding and respect".

But he has said the North must change its attitude of insisting on pressing ahead with its arms development before dialogue is possible.


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