China pressures South Korea about missile system

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Xi officially invited Moon to visit Beijing, Yoon added.

While taking the oath of office Wednesday, Moon said he's open to visiting North Korea under the right conditions.

"President Moon said the Thaad issue can be resolved when there is no further provocation by North Korea", spokesman Yoon Young-chan said.

He said "South Korea wants to pursue the goal to denuclearize the Korean peninsula together with China, including resuming the six-party talks as soon as possible and other methods".

Katina Adams, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said Washington had worked closely with Seoul on North Korea and would continue to do so.

Regional experts have believed for months that North Korea is preparing for its sixth nuclear test.

"Threats from North Korea's nuclear and missile development have entered a new stage", Japan's Mr Abe told Mr Moon in their telephone call, according to Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Koichi Hagiuda.

"How to respond to North Korea.is an urgent issue".

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 global community, "in a responsible manner".

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Mr Moon acknowledged Chinese concerns about the system but said that Beijing should address the "restraints and restrictions" punitively imposed on South Korean companies operating in China.

China has tested a new type of missile missile believed to be aimed at counterbalancing the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system deployed by United States in South Korea.

China says the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) undermines its security as its powerful radar can probe deep into its territory. First freeze North Korea's nuclear development, then engage with them economically before working towards the ultimate goal of denuclearization.

The deployment of THAAD was agreed past year by South Korea's previous administration after North Korea conducted a long-range rocket launch that put an object into space.

Yoon said the initiative was mentioned during a 40-minute phone call yesterday, the first between Moon and China's President Xi Jinping.

The THAAD deployment was agreed upon by Moon's predecessor, conservative leader Park Guen-hye.

Both sides should respect each other's major concerns and legitimate interests and try best to seek common ground and handle disputes properly, Xi said.

"We have plans to send special envoys to the four countries, but nothing has been decided on who will be sent, when or to how many countries", Moon's office said as quoted by the Yonhap news agency.

China has denied it is retaliating against South Korean businesses.

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