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(3rd LD) Park, Obama hold summit amid N.K. provocations

All News 18:48 September 06, 2016

(ATTN: CHANGES dateline, photo; RECASTS lead, 3rd para; ADDS more info in 5th para)
By Song Sang-ho

VIENTIANE, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday held a summit with her U.S. counterpart Barack Obama in Vientiane to discuss an array of issues, including North Korea's relentless saber-rattling, her office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Their talks came amid Pyongyang's continued provocations, including its launch of three mid-range ballistic missiles Monday. The missiles traveled some 1,000 kilometers and fell into waters within Japan's air defense identification zone, Seoul's military officials said.

Observers say the two leaders will use their summit to send a unified message against the communist state's provocations, and its evolving nuclear and missile programs.

Tuesday's summit was the first between Park and Obama since their last meeting held on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. in March.

The two leaders met a day before in a series of meetings with the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Laotian capital.

Laos is the third and last leg of Park's eight-day trip that also took her to Russia and China.

President Park Geun-hye (L) shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama before their talks on the sidelines of a series of summits with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Vientiane, Laos, on Sept. 6, 2016.


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