September 23, 2019 11:18
President Moon Jae-in arrived in New York on Sunday to meet his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump and attend the UN General Assembly.
As he boarded his plane, Moon told U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris that Seoul-Washington relations "will not be impacted" by soured relations between South Korea and Japan.
The U.S. has complained several times about Seoul's decision to scrap an intelligence-sharing agreement with Japan, and Trump is expected to urge Moon to sort out its spat with Japan and bolster trilateral security cooperation.
One diplomatic source said Moon wants to "use the visit as an opportunity to encourage Trump to bring the talks with North Korea back on track" and is taking investment gifts with him.
He also wants to deflect U.S. pressure ahead of upcoming defense cost-sharing talks and demands to send troops to the Gulf.
Moon will offer South Korean investment in the U.S. energy and car industries, whose developments Trump seeks to tout during his re-election campaign.
He also plans to meet with International Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach and discuss the fielding of a joint Korean team for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo and possibly co-hosting the 2032 Summer Olympics with North Korea.
But Moon has no plans for a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who is also attending the General Assembly. He returns to Seoul on Thursday.
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