South Korean President Vows To Amend Constitution By June 2018

China wants to put ties with South Korea back on a "normal track", President Xi Jinping said yesterday, but Beijing also urged Seoul to respect its concerns and resolve tensions over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system that it opposes.

When Chinese President Xi Jinping called Moon last week to congratulate him on his election, Moon reportedly asked Xi for help in ending the economic retaliation that has taken a toll on South Korean businesses.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who criticized the latest test-firing, said Pyongyang's actions were "unacceptable", but he also appeared to hold out an olive branch to Kim.

The comments came hours after the South, which hosts 28,500 USA troops, said it wanted to reopen a channel of dialogue with North Korea as Moon seeks a two-track policy, involving sanctions and dialogue, to try to rein in its neighbour.

"But as we know, it's very unlikely for North Korea to say or do anything meaningful in nuclear front, rather they will keep modernizing and advancing nuclear capabilities".

The aggressive face that has been maintained by North Korea with its weapon development program is definitely a matter of concern for the entire world.

According to the Gallup Korea poll, 87 per cent South Koreans forecast that Moon will do well in his management of state affairs during his five-year presidency.

The missile launch was detected by new THAAD anti-missile system installed in South Korea, which is equipped radar that Raytheon claims can track a baseball hit out of a park from hundreds of miles away.

Restoring relations with China, which have soured since South Korea chose to bring in the American missile defense system THAAD, has been one of President Moon Jae-in's top priorities, and Moon selected one of his closest political aides and friends as his envoy to demonstrate his sincerity about achieving that goal.

Kong told reporters on arrival that the South Korean president had asked him to convey to the US government and people his thoughts on South Korea and the alliance and the deployment of the United States missile defense system "Thad".

"The Unification Ministry has considered options on this internally but nothing has been decided yet", said Lee.

The United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat, has called on China to do more to rein in its ally and neighbor.

  • Leroy Wright