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Trump invites South Korean president Moon to Washington

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South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-In speaks during a press conference at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 10, 2017.<br />Moon was sworn in just a day after a landslide election victory, and immediately declared his willingness to visit Pyongyang amid high tensions with the nuclear-armed North. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JUNG YEON-JE

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday invited South Korea’s new president to the White House, as the long-time allies try to forge a common strategy to tackle North Korea.

“President Trump said he looks forward to working with President Moon (Jae-In) and invited him to visit Washington at an early date,” the White House said in a statement.

Trump and Moon appear at odds over how to deal with Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear programs, with the US president favoring economic sanctions and military force if necessary.

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