Moon Jae-In speaks during a summit of Southeast Asian countries, on November 14 in Manila
South Korean President Moon Jae-In will visit China next week, his office said Wednesday, as tension continues to rise due to the nuclear threat from North Korea.
Moon will travel to China weeks after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in defiance of multiple UN sanctions packages, prompting Washington to urge Beijing to be more firm against Pyongyang.
He will arrive in Beijing next Wednesday for a four-day state visit and will meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss ways to „peacefully resolve the nuclear issue of North Korea,“ the South Korean president’s office said.
North Korea claims to have tested a new ICBM, the Hwasong-15, capable of reaching the entire continental US. The North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un, declared that his country had reached its objective: to become a nuclear State with full rights.
This will be Moon’s first trip to China since he took office as president. Both countries tried to strengthen ties, while their relations were tense by the deployment of a US missile defense system in South Korea, which Beijing perceived as a threat against its own military capability.