26 August 2017

News Story: Abe, Moon stress importance of cooperation with US on N. Korea

TOKYO/SEOUL (Kyodo) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae In reiterated in telephone talks on Friday the importance of cooperating with each other and with the United States in addressing the threat from North Korea.

Their talks came after North Korea's threat earlier this month to fire ballistic missiles across the Japanese mainland toward the U.S. territory of Guam in the western Pacific.

The two leaders agreed they will hold talks in the Russian city of Vladivostok next month on the sidelines of an economic forum, South Korean presidential spokesman Park Soo Hyun told reporters.

The spokesman said they also agreed that the North Korean problem "should be ultimately resolved through dialogue and peaceful means."

Abe told Moon that North Korea's "provocative behavior is dramatically escalating," and that the Guam threat is "absolutely intolerable," while Moon replied that he "understands the concerns of the Japanese people" regarding the threat, according to Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura.

Read the full story at The Mainichi