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South Korean president to visit China next week

2017-12-06 HKT 15:05
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South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit China next week, his office said on Wednesday, as tensions soar over Pyongyang's growing nuclear and missile threats.

Moon will make the trip just weeks after North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in defiance of multiple sets of UN sanctions, prompting Washington to press Beijing to take a tougher stance against Pyongyang.

He will arrive in Beijing next Wednesday for a four-day state visit and hold a summit with President Xi Jinping to discuss ways "to peacefully resolve North Korea's nuclear issue", the South Korean presidential office said.

Pyongyang claimed it has reached nuclear statehood with the success of its missile test last week, and that it can now target the entire United States.

This will be Moon's first trip to China since taking office in May, and comes as the two countries seek to improve ties strained by Seoul's deployment of a US missile defence system. (AFP)