New South Korean President willing to visit North Korea

This in turn could set off alarms in a more conservative Washington. The leaders agreed to strengthen the alliance.

Exit polls in South Korea's presidential election show that liberal human rights lawyer Moon Jae-in expected to win today's vote.

(Korean - ) "Humanitarian options, such as the reunions for separated families or aiding North Korean infants, could be something that President Moon can offer to Pyongyang soon". Already unhappy with a slowing economy and shrinking opportunities for the young, South Koreans took to the streets by the hundreds of thousands a year ago when President Park Geun-hye was accused of conspiring with a friend to extort bribes from the country's big conglomerates.

In his inaugural address Wednesday, South Korea's president said he would consider visiting Pyongyang under the right conditions. He has also made it amply clear he does not support the deployment of U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), on his country's borders for which Trump has demanded South Korea pay $1 billion. But challenging Washington over THAAD might be hard for Moon.

The South Korean election comes aimed heightened tensions between Kim Jong-un's regime and Donald Trump's administration.

Moon was inaugurated shortly after election officials confirmed his victory.

Moon has announced that he will "sincerely negotiate" with our officials and China over THAAD. An aide to Mr Moon told Reuters that the president will put job creation ahead of his other agenda, such as corporate reform.

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Moon spoke during his inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly building in Seoul. In fact, because of THAAD Beijing has subjected South Korea to a series of undeclared economic sanctions. Still, Moon stressed that the matter shouldn't remain a sticking point for the two nations to pursue "future-oriented relations", Yoon said in a separate briefing.

Beijing's displeasure over THAAD has reportedly been felt by South Korean businesses, particularly Lotte, the South Korean conglomerate that signed off on a land swap deal with the government to provide a site for the THAAD launch systems in late February.

Park Nam-Seo, the chief executive of Combase, a South Korean manufacturer of printer cartridges, said the "change in administration has given our companies great hope". Just 34% South Koreans want it, with 51% opposed.

In addition to renewed attempts at inter-Korean dialogue, Moon has also pledged to balance diplomatic and economic ties with the U.S., China, Japan and Russian Federation.

VG: I think the staunch alliance between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea is expected to stay, but that doesn't mean the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in ROK by the U.S. is the right decision.

Comfort women is Japan's euphemism for women forced to work in Japan's military's brothels before and during the war. That played into the hands of Moon, who has written that South Korea should "learn to say no" to Washington.

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