S. Korea’s Moon, President Trump Agree to Closely Cooperate on N. Korea Crisis

SEOUL (Reuters) —
South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In speaks as Prime Minister nominee Lee Nak-Yon (R) listens during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Wednesday. (Reuters/Jung Yeon-Je/Pool)

President Donald Trump and South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in spoke by telephone on Wednesday and agreed to cooperate closely to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis, the South Korean presidential Blue House said.

President Trump told Moon that the North Korean nuclear issue was a complicated problem but one that could be resolved, the Blue House said in a statement.

The phone call marked the first contact between the two men.

Moon won South Korea’s presidency in an election held on Tuesday, campaigning on a more conciliatory approach toward Pyongyang and ending nearly ten years of hardline conservative rule in the South that focused on pressuring the reclusive North.

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