North Korea reports on South's presidential election

China's president has set out his opposition to the deployment of a United States missile system, in his first discussion with the new South Korean leader.

Moon also raised the issue of economic retaliation against South Korean firms in China, Yoon said.

According to South Korea's National Electoral Commission, Moon was backed by over 41.08 percent of voters, or by 13.4 million of South Koreans, and became the country's new president after the Tuesday vote.

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 worldwide community, "in a responsible manner".

Xi told Moon Seoul and Beijing should respect each other's concerns, set aside their differences, seek common ground and handle disputes appropriately, China's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Moon, the Democratic Party candidate, has called for engagement with North Korea, saying that the hard-line approach favored by conservative governments did nothing to prevent the North from expanding its nuclear bomb and missile programs and only reduced South Korea's voice in worldwide efforts to deal with its rival.

On Wednesday night, Moon held his first phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump and talked about the Peninsula situations.

There was no elaboration in either the Xinhua report or the KCNA report on how many suspects North Korea was seeking, or of who or where they were, but Xinhua said North Korea had vowed to "hunt down to the last one of the suspects in every corner of the earth".

"I would think that the [U.S.] administration would like to hear out what he has in mind, how viable that might be, and how it might fit into their policy, which is maximum pressure and engagement", he said.

China hopes South Korea's government attaches importance to its concerns and takes real steps to promote the healthy and stable development of ties, Xi said. Trump extended an invitation to Moon to visit the United States.

He is facing a delicate task balancing ties with the US, Seoul's traditional ally, and China - both of whose help he needs to tackle North Korea and its nuclear ambitions.

He and Xi agreed to exchange special envoys soon and Moon said he also planned to send a delegation to Beijing to discuss the North Korean nuclear problem and the THAAD deployment, according to Yoon.

In response, Moon said he would like to exercise wisdom to resolve various issues so the two East Asian neighbors can develop a good relationship.

It said Moon told Abe that it was emotionally hard for South Koreans to accept the agreement.

  • Leroy Wright