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South Korea: New President Moon prepared to visit Pyongyang

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South Korea: New President Moon prepared to visit Pyongyang

<p>South Korea’s new president was sworn into office on Wednesday, declaring that he is prepared to visit the nuclear-armed North “if the conditions are right”.</p> <p>It is an early sign that Moon Jae-in wants to adopt a more conciliatory approach to an increasingly belligerent Pyongyang, in a break with current policy, to defuse security tensions on the Korean peninsula. </p> <p>“I will urgently try to solve the security crisis,” Moon, 64, said in the parliament building. </p> <p>“If needed, I will fly straight to Washington. I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and, if the conditions are right, to Pyongyang also.”</p> <p>The US wants to increase pressure on Pyongyang through further isolation and sanctions, in contrast to Moon’s advocacy for greater engagement with the reclusive North.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">South Korea’s New President, Moon Jae-in, Promises New Approach to North <a href="https://t.co/HUCmDyPtYL">https://t.co/HUCmDyPtYL</a></p>— The New York Times (@nytimes) <a href="https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/862194101156016128">10 mai 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Fresh from a decisive victory in a snap election, Moon says he is also ready to negotiate with Washington and Beijing to ease the row over a US missile defence system being deployed in South Korea.</p> <p>The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence System (<span class="caps">THAAD</span>) in the South has angered China, Seoul’s major trading partner, which sees the US system’s powerful radar as a threat to its security.</p> <p>Moon’s election could add volatility to relations with Washington, given his questioning of the <span class="caps">THAAD</span> deployment, but was not expected to significantly change the alliance, a US official said.</p> <p>The liberal human rights lawyer wants to tackle corruption too after the impeachment of his conservative predecessor, Park Geun-hye, in a scandal that rocked the country’s business and political elite. </p> <p>Ousted on charges of bribery and abuse of power in March, she is currently In jail on trial.</p> <p>In the short term, mending a society badly bruised by recent turbulence is perhaps the new president’s biggest challenge.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Moon Jae-in pledges to unify South Korea after 9 years of conservative rule <a href="https://t.co/Wy6gpKemWt">https://t.co/Wy6gpKemWt</a> <a href="https://t.co/HonrYA6gRN">pic.twitter.com/HonrYA6gRN</a></p>— Bloomberg (@business) <a href="https://twitter.com/business/status/861966672076447745">9 mai 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>