New South Korean leader to go to White House summit in June


The envoys will meet with high-ranking officials to explain the new South Korean government's policy plans and exchange opinions on how to develop bilateral relations, the presidential Blue House office said.

Moon's foreign policy adviser met with Trump's national security advisers in Seoul on Tuesday and agreed to the meeting, Yonhap News Agency said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday picked special envoys to be dispatched to China, the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Union.

Following through on the promise to reduce coal-fired generation, the presidential office, formally called the Blue House, said that it will temporarily suspend operations of the older coal power plants next month for one month.

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The announcement came a day after the North boasted the launch of the longest-range missile it has ever successfully tested, sparking global alarm.

Security was a second issue, underlined by rocket launchings and other militant actions undertaken in North Korea under the direction of its erratic leader, Kim Jong Un.

The Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab said Monday that portions of the WannaCry program use the same code as malware previously distributed by the Lazarus Group, a hacker collective behind the 2014 Sony hack blamed on North Korea.

Yoon said Chung and Pottinger in their meeting reaffirmed that Seoul and Washington shares a common goal in the "complete discarding" of North Korean nuclear weapons and will pursue "all methods, including sanctions and dialogue" to reach the goal. It could offer a turning point to address the myriad of diplomatic conflicts, including friction over the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) antimissile system.

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Buck up, President Moon.

The growing threats from the North prompted Seoul to recently deploy a powerful U.S. anti-missile system despite angry opposition from neighbouring China, the South's biggest trading partner, which sees it as a threat to its own military capability. The fine dust pollution has emerged as a top issue at the May 9 presidential election to replace former President Park Geun-hye, who was impeached in March over a corruption scandal involving large family-run business conglomerates, or chaebol.

He built a broad personal network in Japan when he was the chief of the South Korea-Japan Parliamentarians' Union from 2004 to 2008.

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