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Korean leader urges regional efforts to denuclearize N. Korea

14 November 2017

The leaders are expected to focus on cooperation on North Korea's nuclear threats and ways to normalize their ties strained by a year-long feud over Seoul's decision to allow for deployment of a USA missile defense system.

According to the draft, the statement condemned North Korea, which continues to develop weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear and chemical weapons as well as ballistic missiles.

Abe and Li also agreed to strengthen their cooperation to meet the growing threat from North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, including full implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

"We hope that South Korea will properly match its words with actions", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press conference on October 31, noting that South Korea had agreed not to make further deployments of the missile shield.

The leaders of South Korea and China on Saturday agreed on the need to manage the security situation on the Korean peninsula in a stable way and to resolve North Korea-related tensions peacefully after a summit meeting, the South's presidential office said.

Moon added: "I strongly hope that both countries can work hard together in order to make up for the lost time between the two of us", he added.

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Journalists were only allowed to cover the two leaders' opening remarks.

"At the end of the meeting, President Xi said this is a meeting that marks a fresh start of relations between Japan and China".

The two heads of state agreed to normalise bilateral relations at the summit that took place on the sidelines of last weekend's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit.

President Moon Jae-in, left, and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, right, shake hands before their meeting on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) forum in Manila.

It's for this reason that the worldwide community must pressure North Korea into talks as soon as possible, including through use of sanctions, Moon said Tuesday, per Reuters. "I want to use all opportunities for dialogue because our two countries have great responsibility for the peace, stability and prosperity of the region and the world".

Korean leader urges regional efforts to denuclearize N. Korea