Moon, Abe Agree to Cooperate to Increase Pressure on N. Korea

Write : 2017-11-29 19:39:43 Update : 2017-11-29 19:47:41

Moon, Abe Agree to Cooperate to Increase Pressure on N. Korea

President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have agreed to cooperate to impose stronger pressure on North Korea after the regime conducted yet another ballistic missile provocation.

Seoul’s chief presidential PR secretary Yoon Young-chan said the two leaders spoke over the phone on Wednesday evening and discussed coordination measures in response to the North’s missile launch earlier in the day.

During the 20-minute conversation, Moon and Abe both said they will not tolerate the security threats posed by the North, and agreed to step up pressure and sanction on the regime.

Expressing concerns over the North’s claim that the launch marked the completion of its nuclear weapons capability, the two leaders said they would also push for a strong response against the North from the United Nations at an emergency UN Security Council(UNSC) session scheduled for Thursday.

Moon called the North’s missile launch more grave than usual, given its timing ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics to be staged in the South in February. He emphasized that a peaceful hosting of the global sporting event is very important for peace on the Korean Peninsula and the world and also invited Abe to attend.

In addition, President Moon shared his hopes for a swift normalization of the trilateral summit meeting also involving China.

In response to the Olympic invitation, Abe explained that the Japanese parliament is scheduled to hold a budget committee meeting during that period, but said he will consider participating.

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