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Moon, Trump agree to bring N. Korea to dialogue table thru sanctions

Moon, Trump agree to bring N. Korea to dialogue table thru sanctions
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to continue strong pressure and sanctions against North Korea to bring the regime back to negotiations as they held their second phone talks in two days after Pyongyang's latest long-range missile test, Yonhap quoted Cheong Wa Dae as saying.
"The two leaders agreed on the need to maintain their basic stance of putting strong sanctions and pressure on the North until North Korea voluntarily gives up developing nukes and missiles and comes out for dialogue," Cheong Wa Dae said.
The hour-long telephone conversation held late Thursday (Seoul time) came one day after the North launched an apparent intercontinental ballistic missile in its first provocation in two and a half months. The call marked the second of its kind in two days.
Pyongyang on Wednesday claimed success in its latest missile test, also declaring completion of building the "state nuclear force."

   Moon said it was not clear whether the communist has in fact built nuclear weapons, let alone perfected its missile technology.
"The missile launched yesterday certainly was the most advanced one so far in all aspects, but the reentry technology has not yet been proven, and it is also uncertain whether the North has secured the technology to miniaturize nuclear warheads," he told the U.S. president, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Park Soo-hyun.
"The task we face is to completely prevent North Korea from further advancing its nuclear and missile technologies, and eventually to have them dismantled," Moon added.
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