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(4th LD) Park, Obama stress China's role on N.K. nukes, sanctions

All News 19:40 September 06, 2016

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By Song Sang-ho

VIENTIANE, Sept. 6 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of South Korea and the U.S. on Tuesday China’s role in the enforcement of sanctions against North Korea and the resolution of the communist state's nuclear conundrum, saying the allies would continue communication with Beijing through various channels.

During their summit in the Laotian capital of Vientiane, President Park Geun-hye and her U.S. counterpart Barack Obama reaffirmed that the allies would maintain a strong deterrence through the strengthening of combined defense capabilities and the deployment of a U.S. anti-missile system to the Korean Peninsula.

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.

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 final leg of Park's eight-day trip that also took her to Russia and China.

Park is to return home on Friday.

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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