Presidents Moon, Trump hold telephone conversation over N. Korea

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Agosto 12, 2017

During a 20-minute-plus phone call Monday afternoon, President Moon and Prime Minister Abe discussed how to continue to work together to prevent Pyongyang from carrying out additional hostile actions - also discussing further trilateral cooperation with the U.S. Earlier in the day, President Moon spoke with President Trump for almost an hour, too. "President Moon and President Trump reaffirmed they will cooperate with one another, and with the worldwide community, to apply the maximum pressure and sanctions for North Korea to make the right decision to give up its nuclear program".

On Friday, Chung had a telephone conversation with his USA counterpart H.R. McMaster and reached an agreement to discuss in advance any steps they could take to contain a provocative North Korea. He also brought up the revision of the bilateral missile guidelines agreement, initially proposed during the Seoul-Washington summit in July, to extend the maximum allowable payload of South Korea's ballistic missiles to better cope with the North's rising threats, asking for his US counterpart's backing. North Korea said a day earlier that it would create an "enveloping fire" around Guam.

On Saturday, the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution tightening the sanctions against North Korea, following the latter's two most recent ballistic missile launches, carried out in July. (KOREAN) "I hope North Korea will acknowledge the firm determination of the global community shown in the new sanctions resolution, refrain from further provocations and choose the path to dialogue". However, President Moon also reemphasized that the ultimate goal for the pressure and sanctions based on the dominance of force is to bring North Korea back to the table for talks and he underscored that another war on the peninsula is unacceptable.

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