13 September 2017

News Story: Leaders of S. Korea, France and Australia agree to cooperate to bring NK to dialogue table

South Korean President Moon Jae-in
SEOUL, Sept. 11 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed Monday with his French and Australian counterparts to work together to lure North Korea back to dialogue through "top-level sanctions and pressure" and peacefully address the nuclear standoff, Seoul's presidential office said.

In separate phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Moon discussed coordinated responses to Pyongyang's sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3.

Moon explained to both that the latest provocation is on a "level different from the past," while highlighting the importance of the international community putting up a united front to resist Pyongyang's evolving threats, Park Soo-hyun, Moon's spokesman, told reporters.

During the 20-minute talks, Moon asked France, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, to play an "active and continued" role in ensuring the council will adopt an additional package of sanctions against the North, and that they can be thoroughly enforced.

Macron shared Moon's view, saying he fully supports Seoul's position, Park explained.

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