Louisiana man reportedly detained for trying to enter North Korea

Seoul-Beijing detente on THAAD is win-win for China: 38 North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in holds a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Da Nang, Vietnam on November 11.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Da Nang, Vietnam, Nov. 11, 2017.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Xi have also agreed to deepen cooperation between the two countries on North Korea, Abe said on Saturday after meeting Xi. "Watching your emphasis on achieving xiaokang society, where all the people enjoy comfort and prosperity, I was able to feel the spirit of a leader who deeply thinks about the people", Moon said.

"The two leaders praised the Seoul-Beijing agreement of October 31. and put bilateral exchanges and cooperation on the normal track in all areas", said presidential spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

Xi urged South Korea to take a "responsible attitude on THAAD that stands the test of history", adding that it would be "new beginnings and a good start".

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The man came to South Korea three days ago and planned to enter the communist state for political purposes, said the Yonhap report, which gave no further details and couldn't be independently confirmed.

"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.

On the Korean Peninsula situation, Xi told Moon that China sincerely hopes for the best for the peninsula, and encourages South Korea to resume contact and dialogue with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and restart cooperation for reconciliation.

Tension on the Korean peninsula rose last month as North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump exchanged war-like threats and insults over the North's nuclear and missile development program.

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.

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