Tuesday, 17 October, 2017

North Korea missile threat: THAAD defence could be axed by Moon Jae

Saul Franklin | 12 May, 2017, 03:51

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's new President Moon Jae-in told his Chinese counterpart that he plans to send a special delegation to Beijing for talks on North Korea and a contentious USA missile-defense shield, raising the prospect of a thaw in relations between the Asian neighbors.

Moon's softer stance on North Korea could create friction with Washington, which has swung from threats of military action to hints of dialogue as it seeks to formulate a policy under President Donald Trump.

"Just spoke with my friend President Moon Jae-in". The system has angered Beijing, which says its powerful radars allow Washington to spy on its own military operations.

In his speech, Moon, 64, also pledged to sever what he described as the collusive ties between business and government that have plagued many of South Korea's family-run conglomerates, known as chaebol, and vowed to be incorruptible.

In response, Moon said he would like to exercise wisdom to resolve various issues so the two East Asian neighbors can develop a good relationship. "If the conditions are right, I will go to Pyongyang".

"If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it".

Many see Moon's manner as a refreshing break from his disgraced, jailed predecessor Park Geun-hye, whom critics saw as aloof and autocratic.

North Korea's heightened threat could change Moon's calculus once in power.

He later visited a national cemetery in Seoul. Moon also visited Takeshima last July.

Iraq, Algeria support extension of oil production cuts
The forecast for 2018 rose to 1.95 million barrels per day as compared to 1.91 million barrels per day in April report. Any more supply from OPEC or non-OPEC could return the market to surplus.

Manfred speaks out on Sox-O's intervention
On Wednesday night, the Red Sox permanently banned from Fenway Park a man they said used a racial slur. Dylan Bundy's fastballs at Mookie Betts' hip may have slipped under the radar.

Spurs overcome Leonard injury, Harden to beat Rockets in OT
Patrick Beverley scored 20 points, while Anderson and Gordon added 19 and 11 points, respectively, for the Rockets . They missed several wide open threes down the stretch that likely would have changed the complexion of the game.

Whether the U.S. is deliberately manipulating events or not, Moon Jae-in is in a hard situation.

The White House congratulated Moon, saying it looked forward to working with him to strengthen the longstanding U.S.

The deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (Thaad) in the South has angered China, Seoul's major trading partner, which sees the U.S. system's powerful radar as a threat to its national security. The polls will close in a few hours and doubtlessly Moon Jae-in, who led the polls for months now, will be proclaimed the victor. He will serve the typical single five-year term.

He won 41.1% of the vote in Tuesday's election, ahead of Hong Joon-Pyo of the Liberty Korea party, on 24%, and centrist Ahn Cheol-Soo on 21.4%.

Many of those legacies dated to the dictatorship of Park's father, Park Chung Hee, whose 18-year rule was marked by both rapid economic rise and severe civil rights abuse.

The plans for the deployment of THAAD were announced last July, and the actual deployment process began in March, shortly after North Korea launched a salvo of ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan.

This is, curiously enough, nearly exactly what U.S. President Donald Trump said recently about the possibility of meeting with Kim Jong-un.

And it comes as the North's ambassador to the United Kingdom told Sky News his country will go ahead with its sixth nuclear test at the time and place of its leader Kim Jong Un's choosing.

In the first direct contact between the South Korean and Chinese leaders, Xi explained China's position, Yoon, the South Korean presidential spokesman said, without elaborating.

Recommended

  • Thousands of people fill arena to hear from Warren Buffett

    Thousands of people fill arena to hear from Warren Buffett

    Buffett said the bloody removal of a 69-year-old passenger from a United Express plane in Chicago was obviously "a bad mistake ". Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and CEO Warren Buffett prepares to hug table tennis player Ariel Hsing, bottom.
    European Union  reassures Ireland over post-Brexit

    European Union reassures Ireland over post-Brexit "hard border" fears

    British Brexit minister David Davis said in March that technology could prevent the need for physical customs officers. Earlier: The EU's chief Brexit negotiator arrives in Ireland today.
    Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Jessica Andrade and Aiming for UFC Flyweight Title

    Joanna Jedrzejczyk on Jessica Andrade and Aiming for UFC Flyweight Title

    But while she certainly respects what Andrade brings to the fight, Jedrzejczyk also learned a few things about her from sparring. Many are calling the fight as Joanna's toughest ever. "I have seen is so many times and can see that my opponents are scared".
  • Treasurer calls Shorten's budget 'bulldust'

    Treasurer calls Shorten's budget 'bulldust'

    Social Services Minister Christian Porter said that Labor had not outlined enough to fund the NDIS. Although affecting only one in 100 taxpayers, this would save $1.3 billion over the medium term.

    Tillerson arrives in Alaska for Arctic meeting

    The SWIPA report goes on to say, if greenhouse gases are reduced now, numerous changes could slow or stop after the middle of the century.
    Dana White Hoping To Negotiate With Team Mayweather Monday

    Dana White Hoping To Negotiate With Team Mayweather Monday

    Obviously both guys want to fight each other, but you know, what's the deal? " It's not getting close at all ." said White. As De La Hoya indicated, Mayweather has already fought Alvarez, winning a majority decision in 2013.
  • Oil prices edge up in anticipation of extended crude output cut

    Oil prices edge up in anticipation of extended crude output cut

    US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $47.57 per barrel, up 24 cents, or 0.5 per cent from the last settlement. Brent crude has endured a volatile past few years, plummeting from more than $100 a barrel in 2014 to less than $30 last year.
    DeVos booed delivering Bethune-Cookman address

    DeVos booed delivering Bethune-Cookman address

    Dozens of activists lined a sidewalk early Wednesday; their signs included "DeVos is not worthy". Betsy DeVos delivers speech to graduates at Bethune-Cookman University on May 10.
    Trump, top Russian Federation  envoy to meet at White House

    Trump, top Russian Federation envoy to meet at White House

    Trump has said he has no ties to Russia and isn't aware of any involvement by his aides in any Russian election interference. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will attend the Wednesday meeting, a US State Department official told Sputnik.
  • Led coalition lauds capture of Syrian IS town

    Meanwhile, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis expressed confidence that the United States can allay Turkey's concerns over the decision. The United States regards the YPG as a valuable partner in the fight against Islamic State militants in northern Syria.
    State police: 3 dead, including deputy, in rural Arkansas

    State police: 3 dead, including deputy, in rural Arkansas

    Two other people were found dead near a home, and authorities say the deaths appear to be linked to Mainhart's killing. The incident happened at the intersection of State Highway 27 and Slow Fork Road near Chickalah in Yell County.

    Bank of England keeps rates at record low as economy slows

    The March trade deficit expanded, while construction and production results all added further disappointment by missing forecasts. The Resolution Foundation think tank noted that 40 percent of the British workforce have been affected by falling wages so far.

Google's Fuchsia OS Could One Day Supersede Android On Your Smartphone Google's Fuchsia OS Could One Day Supersede Android On Your Smartphone The images shared by Ars Technica also show overlapping apps which could suggest a layout similar to the present one in Android . It turns out Fuchsia has come a long way from the command line form it existed in when it was first uncovered last August.

Spurs fans drench Ginobili in social media love after block on Harden The Spurs should finish the Rockets in game 6 in Houston, but that depends on what attitude they have when they are in Houston. Leonard, nursing the left ankle, walked slowly but was able to participate in the team's shootaround on Thursday morning.

Parents of freed Nigeria schoolgirls still wait to see them Nigeria's government has come under fire for the length of time it has taken to reunite the former hostages with their families. The Red Cross had on Monday explained its rolein freeing the girls.

The Players Championship tee times and pairings: Thursday's Round 1 The Players Championship tee times and pairings: Thursday's Round 1 "I alluded to the fact that I wasn't really happy with the golf ball I was playing and I needed to do something", McIlroy said. I think you would be somewhat of a machine if you said every week that, yeah, I'm the best and I believe in myself 100 percent.

Tribune Media (TRCO) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds Tribune Media (TRCO) Receiving Somewhat Favorable News Coverage, Report Finds The recommendation scale measures the value from 1 to 5, where 1 means "Strong Buy" and 5 stands for "Sell". Stockholders of record on Monday, May 22nd will be paid a dividend of 0.25 per share on Tuesday, June 6th.

Murray bows out as Nadal, Djokovic march on in Madrid Murray bows out as Nadal, Djokovic march on in Madrid Nadal faces David Goffin in Friday's quarter-finals after the Belgian beat world number six Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2. Women's defending champ Simona Halep has crushed American Coco Vandeweghe 6-1, 6-1 to reach the semis.

Illini football players arrested Illini football players arrested According to court records, Darta Lee, 18, is in custody on preliminary charges of home invasion and armed robbery. All three were arrested in connection with an alleged incident at Bromley Hall, a university dormitory.

Diddy Named Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist for Sixth Year in a Row Diddy Named Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artist for Sixth Year in a Row Puff earned much of his wealth through Cîroc Vodka, Revolt TV, his "Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour", as well as other investments. Dre" Young, with a net worth of $ 740 million , largely from his Beats deal with Apple in 2014.

Tillerson says US won't be rushed on climate change policies It's an important trip for Finland, which takes over the rotating two-year chairmanship of the council at a delicate time in worldwide politics.

Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?' Lavrov acknowledges Comey fracas by quipping 'Was he fired?' The meeting was reported to be private, but photographers from the state-run TASS of Russian Federation were there. Tillerson's office says his meetings with Lavrov will focus on "Ukraine, Syria, and bilateral issues".

Paul Pogba transfer being investigated by Fifa Paul Pogba transfer being investigated by Fifa Before Manchester United fans get too worked up, it looks as though the club are not the ones being investigated, rather Raiola. During his later years at the club, the Scot would often say there was no value in the transfer market.

Wizards' Oubre suspended for Game 4 for knocking over Olynyk Wizards' Oubre suspended for Game 4 for knocking over Olynyk Thomas then jokingly said, " Kelly is one of the dirtiest players I know", before turning serious and saying he's a clean player. Dude's dirty . "He's a guy who can really hurt you from the 3-point line".

He is an example of our season - Conte lauds 'fantastic' Fabregas Chelsea next travel to The Hawthorns on Frida evening where they only need a win to clinch the Premier League title in Antonio Conte's first season as Manager.

Paul Ryan: Speaker says 'people had lost confidence' in Comey Paul Ryan: Speaker says 'people had lost confidence' in Comey Trump will meet on Wednesday with the FBI's acting director, Andrew McCabe, to discuss morale at the agency, Sanders said. Burr said in a statement following Comey's firing that he was "troubled by the timing and reasoning" of the termination.

North Korea accuses US, South Korea of assassination attempt North Korea has a history of making unfounded and irrational claims, and CNN was not able to independently corroborate the report. Trump even ordered two major attacks in Syria and Afghanistan last month, both of them viewed as stern warnings to the North.