South Korea urged to invest more in Philippines

15 Novembre, 2017, 02:11 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Reuters

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday it would not be easy for North Korea to completely destroy its nuclear weapons in a short time considering the state of its arsenal.

He repeated what was said in the agreement announced last month when the two countries agreed to end a year-long standoff over the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system, THAAD.

The agreement was disclosed as Moon and Chinese President Xi Jinping met Saturday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam.

"The Korean wave is popular in the Philippines", said Moon, who also pointed out that 1.5 million Koreans visit the Philippines every year.

China on Saturday vowed to strengthen coordination with its neighbours in dealing with the North Korean issue, as US President Donald Trump complimented Beijing on helping to rein in Pyongyang.

An alternative interpretation is that China had had enough of South Korea portraying the Oct. 31 deliberations both domestically and internationally as if China had yielded on the THAAD issue and resigned itself to the deployment. ( - ) One of the most highly anticipated meetings on Mr. Moon's agenda in Manila: a rendezvous with Premier Li Keqiang especially coming on the heels of a breakthrough bilateral summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping just a few days ago.

Moon wrapped up his three-day trip to Da Nang and arrived in the Philippines for the third leg of his Southeast Asia trip Sunday, to attend Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) regional forums.

(Chinese) "The two sides have made great progress in the past while to take care of the sensitive issue step-by-step". Conservatives have lambasted the deal, with the largest opposition Liberty Korea Party calling it the product of "humiliating" diplomacy and the Chosun Ilbo newspaper saying the government "capitulated" to Beijing. The prosecutors' office will determine later whether to apply for a formal arrest warrant for Lee. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster told reporters from Asian media outlets that he did not think South Korea would "give up its sovereignty in those three areas", adding that he did not see Kang's comments as "definitive" policy positions. "I totally feel the same way", he said. At present, the stance of the former is that any dialogue is possible only after nuclear freeze whereas that of the latter is that North Korea's nuclear provocations and joint military drills of the United States and South Korea should be stopped at the same time.

He relayed this sentiment to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during their bilateral meeting on Monday night, November 13, at the Philippine International Convention Center. The lawmaker who asked the relevant question is known to favor China and visited the country shortly before the hearing.

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