Historical issues blocking ties with Japan: Moon

Guillermo Lane
June 13, 2017

Tensions have heightened on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests and its vow to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, presenting U.S. President Donald Trump with perhaps his most pressing security worry.

Moon Jae-in's decision to suspend deployment of a missile-defense system last week signals how the new South Korean President will approach the threat from North Korea as well as relations with the U.S., China and Japan.

While Moon has said he would be willing to visit Pyongyang and meet with Kim Jong Un, last week North Korea rejected an offer by a South Korean civic group to provide anti-malaria supplies, the first cross-border exchange approved by Seoul since January 2016.

The North Korea official news agency on Saturday indicated Pyongyang is close to testing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could potentially reach the US mainland.

Moon told Nikai he has "trust in being able to do many things with Prime Minister Abe" to further develop the relationship, the office said in a statement.

The opening fixture will see hosts Russian Federation face 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

The 2030 World Cup or the edition previous to that doesn't have a host yet but South Korea is already talking about a bid that could include its neighbor, North Korea.

Uruguay hosted the inaugural World Cup in 1930.

A cryptocurrency for legalized marijuana is sponsoring former National Basketball Association star Dennis Rodman's latest trip to North Korea.

Japan and South Korea struck the landmark deal in December 2015 to "finally and irreversibly" resolve the long-standing comfort women row.

North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Seoul Olympics, both held in Seoul, but it has since attended other major worldwide sports events held in the South.

South Korea, of course, successfully co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with neighbours Japan, making it all the way to the semi-finals. Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, while Tokyo is due to host the 2020 games.

Former NBA star #Dennis Rodman is expected to visit #North Korea Tuesday, two officials from that country confirmed to CNN.

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