Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday that his country was ready to play a "productive" role in ending the North Korean nuclear issue, also promising to enhance the country's cooperation with South Korea, Seoul's presidential office said.
Yoon Young-chan told a press conference here on Thursday that President Moon would dispatch separate delegations to discuss THAAD and the DPRK's nuclear program with their Chinese counterparts, although the two issues will be dealt with together. In the call, Xi asked Moon to visit Beijing, Moon's office said.
"Through the latest forum, the South Korean side plans to explore ways to cooperate bilaterally for regional co-prosperity, including its participation in the Chinese government-led the One Belt, One Road initiative, the ministry said". China's foreign ministry didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
"An official invitation came from China recently", he said on condition of anonymity.
Park, a five-term veteran lawmaker, served as co-chairman of Moon's presidential campaign team.
In the first direct contact between the top leaders of the two Asian neighours, Moon said that he planned to send a delegation to Beijing to solve the dispute over the deployment of system, which Beijing sees as a strategic threat at the doorstep, while Xi said that South Korea and China should respect each other's concerns, set aside differences, seek common ground and handle dispute appropriately, the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement.
The previous Park Geun-Hye administration had introduced state-authored history textbooks at middle and high schools, arguing that some existing tomes reflected left-leaning and pro-North Korea ideologies.
South Korea has accepted a last-minute invitation from China to a conference on a new Silk Road, days after a new president took office on Seoul pledging to engage in discussions with Beijing to ease tension over a USA anti-missile system. On Thursday, U.S. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said North Korea posed "a very significant, potentially existential threat to the United States that has to be addressed".
The two Asian neighbors have experienced a chill in relations as Beijing has strongly opposed the installation of the THAAD battery for fear it could hurt its security and carried out retaliatory economic measures against South Korean businesses.