August 08, 2017 10:03
President Moon Jae-in on Monday spoke on the phone with U.S. President Donald Trump and stressed the need to apply maximum pressure on North Korea to scrap its nuclear and missile programs.
Cheong Wa Dae quoted Moon as saying, "This is not a time for dialogue, but a time for pressure and sanctions."
Moon and Trump "shared concerns about North Korea's evolving nuclear capabilities, and agreed their countries must put maximum pressure and sanctions on North Korea in cooperation with the international community to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear and missile programs, and choose the right path," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun said.
The call lasted for almost an hour and came 10 days after North Korea test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.
Trump said "very important changes" are taking place now the UN Security Council unanimously approved tougher sanctions against the North and called for the need "to fully implement all relevant resolutions," according to Park.
Moon said it is unfortunate that oil supplies to North Korea were excluded from the latest sanctions. Moon also pointed out that steps are needed to "upgrade South Korea's defense capabilities" along with measures to bolster the joint readiness level with U.S. forces.
He urged Trump to ensure that Seoul-Washington talks aimed at increasing the payload and range of South Korean missiles smoothly. Trump vowed to cooperate, according to Cheong Wa Dae.
Moon also spoke for about 20 minutes on Tuesday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the two leaders "agreed to strengthen pressure and sanctions" against North Korea.
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