South Korea's Moon issues strongest comments to date on 'comfort women' deal

S. Korea's Moon calls for 'official apology' over comfort women
Presidential Office Denies Asahi Report on THAAD Deployment
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26 June, 2017

"The US trusts the South Korean official stance that the THAAD deployment was an Alliance decision".

Yoon also called the earlier report "false". He was accompanied by the defense minister, the veterans affairs minister, and the commanders of both Korean forces and US troops stationed on the peninsula.

"For some reason that I do not know, this entire THAAD process was accelerated", Moon was quoted as saying.

Trump has been angered by Moon's insinuations of impropriety and the purported ingratitude of South Koreans, who would be receiving a state-of-the-art defense system against North Korea's recently bolstered missile-launching capacities, and has charged that Seoul owes Washington $1 billion in THAAD expenses.

North Korea's frequent missile tests this year have demanded a response, but Moon has advocated charting a more diplomatic course with Pyongyang, and also wants a clean break with the messy practices of the previous government.

The anti-THAAD protest rally was staged ahead of President Moon's first summit meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington for two days from June 29.

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Korea temporarily suspended the Thaad deployment, citing a need for an environmental impact assessment of the USA missile shield.

The THAAD issue is widely expected to top the agenda in Moon's upcoming talks with his United States counterpart Donald Trump in Washington next week.

President Moon said he has "high expectations" for the upcoming summit with U.S. President Trump and the G20 Summit in Germany the week after saying he would like to sit down with as many world leaders as possible there as North Korea's nuclear program will take center stage in both events.

"Resumption of dialogue with North Korea may need to be pursued in close cooperation and consultation with the United States, but South Korea does not need to be allowed by the U.S.to do so", Kwun Hyuk-ki, a Cheong Wa Dae spokesman, told Yonhap News Agency.

The remarks came in reaction to a question by a USA journalist in a recent interview with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in which the interviewer from CBS stated it was not clear whether U.S. President Donald Trump would "agree to allow" his South Korean counterpart to negotiate with the North Koreans.

South Korea has had to pay a significant price for THAAD deployment in the form of domestic unrest and even economic sanctions from China, its largest trading partner.


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