Moon, Trump dis­cuss Korean Penin­sula is­sues

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SEOUL — ROK Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in had an al­most hour­long phone con­ver­sa­tion with US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Mon­day about the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea’s nu­clear and mis­sile pro­grams.

Moon said the nu­clear is­sue on the Korean Penin­sula should be re­solved in a peace­ful, diplo­matic man­ner, based on close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the Repub­lic of Korea and the United States, Moon spokesman Park Soohyun said.

The con­ver­sa­tion lasted for 56 min­utes.

Moon said the penin­sula can tol­er­ate no more of the hor­rors of war.

It is tech­ni­cally still in a state of war be­cause the 195053 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

On July 28, t he DPRK launched an in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­sile, which flew about 1,000 kilo­me­ters and as high as 3,700 km.

Moon urged joint ef­forts, in­clud­ing heavy pres­sure and sanc­tions, to en­cour­age Py­ongyang to re­turn to talks about dis­man­tling its nu­clear pro­gram.

On Sat­ur­day, the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil adopted new sanc­tions on the DPRK be­cause of its re­cent bal­lis­tic mis­sile test launches. The sanc­tions ban ex­ports of seafood and min­er­als such as coal, iron, iron ore, lead and lead ore.

Moon said they needed to show Py­ongyang that a door for di­a­logue will be open when the DPRK makes the right choice, to give up its nu­clear pro­gram.

Py­ongyang said in a state­ment on Mon­day that it is ready to give the United States a “se­vere les­son” with its strate­gic nu­clear force if it takes mil­i­tary ac­tion against it, Reuters re­ported.

Top diplo­mats from Seoul and Py­ongyang had a brief en­counter on Sun­day in Manila, Philip­pines, on the side­lines of a se­ries of for­eign min­is­ters’ meet­ings on East Asian co­op­er­a­tion, Yon­hap News Agency re­ported on Mon­day. That meet­ing was the first since the new ROK ad­min­is­tra­tion took of­fice on May 11.

Moon also had a phone con­ver­sa­tion with Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe.

Dur­ing the talks, Moon re­it­er­ated that the penin­sula is­sues should be re­solved through ne­go­ti­a­tions, ad­ding that Seoul, Tokyo and Wash­ing­ton should dis­cuss strate­gic mea­sures to en­cour­age Py­ongyang to en­ter into di­a­logue.

Abe said in re­sponse that fi­nally hav­ing talks would be the nat­u­ral way to re­solve the is­sues, but he said it would be nec­es­sary to put pres­sure on the DPRK to make it pos­i­tively re­spond to the di­a­logue

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