Moon Jae-In Sworn In As President Of South Korea

He wrote: "While it led the gullible South Koreans to believe in their Sunshine Policy, North Korea played the aid at home as "gifts" to its Great Leader from the weaker South".

The alliance between the US and South Korea is expected to stay, but it is time for the new president in Seoul to rethink about how to deal with the THAAD anti-missile system, said Victor Gao from the China National Association of International Studies. Moon had also visited a statue symbolizing those women, which Japan wants removed, and urged the public to remain interested in the issue.

Separately, the CIA said on Wednesday it had established a Korea Mission Center to "harness the full resources, capabilities and authorities of the Agency in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threat posed by North Korea".

Yoon said that President Moon highly evaluated India's participation in worldwide sanctions against the North.

In his inaugural address Wednesday, South Korea's president said he would consider visiting Pyongyang under the right conditions.

Moon also called for "dialogue along with sanctions and pressure" on the North to push Pyongyang to talks, Yoon said.

The leaders spoke by telephone a day after Moon was sworn in to replace the ousted Park Geun-hye. Moon agreed, the official said.

Veteran liberal politician Lee Nak-yon was nominated to serve as prime minister.

In his inauguration speech, Moon promised political reforms to put checks and balances on the power of the presidency. The NIS nomination does not require lawmakers' approval, although Suh must first go through a National Assembly hearing.

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Tensions have been running high with Washington calling for more sanctions and warning a military option was on the table, but Trump recently softened his posture, saying he would be "honoured" to meet the North's leader Kim Jong-Un.

The US missile system is equipped with a powerful detection system known as an X-band radar, which experts say would destabilize regional security and upset the region's current military balance.

During his call with Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, the two leaders agreed that their countries must not let their hard history hamper co-operation in dealing with North Korea's nuclear program, Moon's office said.

South Korea's presidential office did not say whether Moon and Trump discussed the deployment of THAAD.

"Politics were turbulent (in the past several months), but our people showed greatness", Moon said.

M - President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov congratulated Moon Jae-in on his victory in South Korea's presidential election.

The United States said in a statement that it looks forward to "deepen the enduring friendship and partnership between our two countries".

Moon Jae-in was the presidential candidate of South Korea's Democratic Party. Moon visited the national cemetery where he honored the country's former presidents, independence fighters and war heroes as he began his presidential duties.

The leaders of China, Japan and other countries sent their congratulations.

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