South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office said Thursday he plans to send a delegation to Beijing to discuss North Korea's nuclear program and China's concerns about a USA missile defense system being deployed in South Korea.
Moon also has said he would reconsider the deployment of a controversial USA missile defense system known as THAAD, which was installed on the divided peninsula based on an agreement with ousted President Park Geun-hye.
Moon first spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and later to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Reps. Song Young-gil and Moon Hee-sang of the ruling party are known to be being considered as special envoys for Russian Federation and Japan, respectively.
Seoul is embroiled in a diplomatic dispute with former colonial power Japan over wartime history, but fellow United States ally Tokyo is also targeted by the North.
Mr Moon has acknowledged that strong sanctions will be necessary to bring North Korea to the negotiating table.
The call also touched on a controversial 2015 agreement over compensating South Korean women forced into sexual slavery by Japan's military in World War II, Moon's office said.
Unless North Korea stops the development of its nuclear weapons and starts the process of denuclearization, there's little room for Moon to lift existing economic sanctions and initiate engagement with its neighbor in the north, including reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex that the previous administration said was funneling hard currency to the regime in Pyongyang.
Moon Jae-in, a liberal former human rights lawyer, was sworn in on Wednesday and said in his first speech as president he would immediately address security tensions that have raised fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon said he hopes to meet Xi at an early date and Xi formally invited Moon to visit Beijing, it said.
According to Zhao, China's understanding on how to deal with North Korea is very much in line with the new South Korean president.
The conversation is a sign of willingness to fix relations between the two countries.
Regional experts have believed for months that North Korea was preparing for its sixth nuclear test and was working to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States, presenting Trump with one of his most pressing security issues. "The President said he had seen Modi's congratulatory message posted the night before in Korean language, and said he was grateful", Yoon Young-chan, the Chief Presidential Secretary for public relations, told a briefing.
During his election campaign, Moon pledged to renegotiate the deal with Japan.
The US is the South's security guarantor and has 28,500 troops stationed in the country, but Seoul was startled when Trump suggested it should pay for the $1 billion THAAD system. But Mr Moon and his supporters nonetheless find it regrettable that conservative South Korean presidents since Mr Lee Myung Bak did not maintain the Sunshine Policy, as Dr Kohl had done with Ostpolitik.