Iran's Rouhani congratulates South Korea's Moon on presidential victory

I come to my inauguration for president with nothing in my hands and I will step out with nothing in my hands.

"President Moon said the Thaad issue can be resolved when there is no further provocation by North Korea", spokesman Yoon Young-chan said. The government of his impeached predecessor, who is in jail awaiting a corruption trial, closed it a year ago following a nuclear test and satellite launch by the North.

South Korean new president Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party and his wife Kim Jeong-Sook pose after casting their ballots at a polling station in Seoul on 9 May 2017.

The United States said in a statement that it looks forward to "deepen the enduring friendship and partnership between our two countries".

The two heads of state also extended invitations to each other to visit their countries, also promising to meet in person at the upcoming G20 summit scheduled to be held in Germany in July.

Their phone conversation lasted for about 25 minutes on May 11, a day after Moon was sworn in as president.

Abe repeated his position calling for the faithful implementation of the comfort women deal to build constructive, "future-oriented" bilateral relations. "Military action on the Korean peninsula can not happen without Korea's consent", Moon wrote during his presidential campaign, the Atlantic reports.

He also has said he supports the reopening of an industrial park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong that was jointly run by the two Koreas.

"I will also go to Beijing and Tokyo and even Pyongyang in the right circumstances". "If needed I will fly to Washington immediately", Moon told lawmakers after taking the oath of office in Seoul's National Assembly building.

When it comes to the presidential election in South Korea on Tuesday, the general expectation is that the conservative forces who have ruled the country most of the time may be facing a rout.

The Trump administration has unfolded a strategy of maximum pressure and engagement toward North Korea and has especially focused on bolstering sanctions on the Kim Jong-un regime. The country hosts some 28,000 USA forces.

What impact will S Korea's expanded missile defence system have?

The decision by Moon's predecessor, Park Geun-hye, to allow the base a state-of-the-art missile defense system known by the acronym THAAD in its territory is a major ongoing irritant. The deployment has been met with protests in South Korea.

Stangarone also added that whatever global plans Moon has, the economic situation in South Korea and the fact that he was elected following an impeachment mean that domestic issues will constrain what he wants to do.

The center will draw on officers from across the CIA and "bring their expertise and creativity to bear against the North Korea target", an agency statement said. Curiously, Trumps dependence on China may only increase. It has cut back on Chinese traveling to South Korea and some imports to show its displeasure.

"In South Korea, what defines you as a conservative or progressive candidate comes down to your policy position on foreign policy", James Kim, an worldwide relations expert at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul, told Sputnik.

Despite Chinese anger at North Korea's repeated nuclear and missile tests, China remains the isolated state's most important economic and diplomatic backer, even as Beijing has signed up for tough United Nations sanctions against Pyongyang.

Some experts question if a policy of both engagement and pressure can be carried out successfully. To his rivals, Moon said, "We are partners who must lead a new Republic of Korea".

Japanese officials have described the call as "positive and meaningful", with the two agreeing to cooperate closely to deal with North Korea. "But we are not in an ideal world situation in politics, and definitely the times right now don't call for that much of a good cop, frankly".

  • Leroy Wright