Korean FM to visit China to discuss preparations for summit

North Korean soldier defects to the South at Joint Security Area: JCS

N. Korean soldier shot as he defects to S. Korea via the DMZ

Separately, Xi met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and also pledged a "fresh start".

Abe said he had proposed visiting China at an appropriate time, which would then be followed by Xi visiting Japan.

A North Korean soldier defected to South Korea through the Joint Security Area (JSA) in the demilitarized zone Monday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

The two were meeting on the sidelines of the APEC summit of Asia Pacific leaders in the Vietnamese city of Danang.

Chinese President Xi Jinping told his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in on Saturday that he encouraged Seoul to resume dialogue with North Korea, state news agency Xinhua reported. "Just as South Korea stands firm on the comfort women issue and continues to deal with it separately even while seeking to fix relations with Japan, this only means China is using a two-track strategy on THAAD". According to this explanation, the only reason Xi brought up the THAAD issue again was to put weight on bringing the issue to a close and normalizing South Korea-China relations. A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "President Moon said that THAAD is not aimed at China".

Irish Woman Missing In France Since Wednesday
The family added that they will be "forever grateful" for the support they had received following Eimear's disappearance. Noonan, who was working as a teacher in the Annonay region, near Lyon , in France, had been missing since Wednesday.

"There are signs of cooperation and improving relations between China, South Korea and Japan". Beijing, they said, typically doesn't want such punitive measures to damage long-term bilateral economic ties, global growth or the performance of China's economy.

"Better not to be too optimistic".

"US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster welcomed the Sino-ROK detente, but he also hinted at US concern over South Korea's possible decoupling from American-led security structures, saying that he does regard the three no's as "definitive" in terms of official policy", the article said.

President Trump's exchange of threats and insults with Pyongyang has done nothing to curb regional tensions and with South Korea and China suited either side of the hermit state, it is in their interests not to push for military action.

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