South Korean leader Moon discuss North Korea with China's Xi: Blue House

President Moon accepted the invitation. Considering that the North Korean nuclear issue and other diplomacy and security issues on the Korean Peninsula are the most critical issues at the moment, and given the urgency of the situation, it was necessary and appropriate for the leaders of South Korea and its neighbors to speak on the phone and publicly discuss organizing summits.

"I, too, aim to find a way to begin talks quickly between North and South Korea as well as the six-party talks", Moon said, referring to talks aimed at denuclearizing North Korea involving the United States, China, Japan, Russia and the two Koreas.

The spokesman said: "The Prime Minister called the South Korean President Moon Jae-in earlier this morning to congratulate him on his recent electoral success".

"The talk about a South-North summit is a little premature, but regardless of that, there's a need for a summit meeting", Suh said.

South Korean internet users have shared photos of Moon waving off a presidential employee and taking off his own jacket at a luncheon, projecting an image that he's a down-to-earth president.

Talking to reporters, Suh endorsed Moon's call for a summit meeting with North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, although saying it would be hard for such a meeting to take place soon, considering the tension over the North's nuclear program.

In a speech after he took the oath of office on Wednesday, Moon said he plans to eventually move out of the Blue House, which was seen as part of an attempt to be a more accessible leader.

The Prime Minister called Moon Jae-in to congratulate him on his election victory and discuss global tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons test programme.

Moon explained the difficulties faced by South Korean companies that were doing business in China and asked for Xi's "special attention" to ease those concerns, Yoon said. He said the two sides have a responsibility to observe the deal, a diplomatic agreement recognized internationally. The leaders agreed to strengthen the alliance.

Moon first spoke to Chinese President Xi Jinping and later to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"It's much more likely now that they can work together", says Zhao. In that sense, it's notable that Trump has invited Moon to have a candid conversation with him.

Their conversation lasted around 40 minutes, Yoon said, adding that it marked the first time for a Chinese leader to call his or her South Korean counterpart to congratulate the latter on his or her election.

  • Latoya Cobb