Moon Sends Special Envoys to US, Japan

Write : 2017-05-17 13:28:06 Update : 2017-05-17 14:26:40

Moon Sends Special Envoys to US, Japan

Facing a pile of pending bilateral issues, President Moon Jae-in has sent his special envoys to Washington and Tokyo. 

The two will deliver the new South Korean president's letters to the U.S. president and the Japanese prime minster and introduce his vision.   

Before his flight to Washington Wednesday, envoy Hong Seok-hyun told reporters at the airport that his key focus is placed on boosting mutual understanding on the bilateral alliance and North Korea issues.

On Moon's previous campaign remarks about getting a parliamentary ratification of the U.S.' THAAD deployment, Hong said Moon as a candidate was referring to domestic procedural issues.

On the possibility of renegotiating the South Korea-U.S. free trade agreement, the former media mogul said that he will not mention the issue unless the U.S. brings it up first. He noted no discussions among government agencies had begun on the matter.
Special envoy to Japan Moon Hee-sang told reporters at the airport that he will convey the president's wish to restore "shuttle diplomacy" of taking turns hosting bilateral summits between the two sides. 

The ruling party heavyweight declined to address growing calls for renegotiating the controversial sex slavery settlement the previous government signed with Tokyo in 2015, saying an envoy's role is to deliver the president's letter and the public sentiment. 

However, after arriving in Japan Wednesday afternoon, the former parliamentary vice speaker noted that a range of pending bilateral issues will be discussed including the 2015 agreement. 


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