Presidents Moon, Trump hold telephone conversation over N. Korea

Let’s start with the phone call between President
Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump. The two leaders had plenty to catch up on. Since they last spoke North Korea has fired
ICBMs and the UN Securoty Council has just signed off on tough new snactions against
the regime for its provocations. Hwang Hojun reports. During their phone conversation, which lasted
nearly an hour on Monday morning, Presidents Moon and Trump both acknowledged the need
for a stringent state of security in the region due to Pyongyang’s continual provocations,
and discussed how Seoul and Washington can cooperate to prevent the North’s future threats. The two leaders reaffirmed that they will
cooperate with one another and with the international community to apply the maximum pressure and
sanctions for Pyongyang to make the right decision to give up its nuclear program. The phone call comes amid the unanimous decision
by the UN Security Council, including China and Russia, adopting a resolution to impose
the most punishing sanctions yet against North Korea last weekend. President Moon said he hopes this resolution
will be an opportunity to bring about a change in North Korea’s behavior. With the joint South Korea-U.S. military exercise
slated to take place at the end of August, which may potentially lead to another provocation
by the North, the two leaders vowed to continue to work together to deter future threats. However, President Moon also reemphasized
that the ultimate goal for the pressure and sanctions based on the dominance of force
is to bring North Korea back to the table for talks and he underscored that another
war on the peninsula is unacceptable. At the end of the phone call, President Moon
once again invited the U.S. President to visit Korea, to which President Trump expressed
his gratitude and said he looks forward to visiting Korea shortly. Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.

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