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(LEAD) Moon, Trump urge N. Korea to choose better path, vowing to build up deterrence

All Headlines 01:21 July 01, 2017

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WASHINGTON, June 30 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of South Korea and the United States joined their voices Friday in urging North Korea to give up its nuclear ambition, calling it a "better path" for the safety and security of its own people.

U.S. President Donald Trump called on all regional powers to take part in implementing sanctions against the North and "demanding that the North Korean regime to choose a better path and do it quickly for its long suffering people."

In a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon following their bilateral summit at the White House, the U.S. leader also declared his country's strategic patience towards the communist North was over.

Moon said he and Trump agreed to work for a complete, phased denuclearization of North Korea, also noting the countries will further strengthen their joint defense capabilities against North Korean threats.

"I wish North Korea will not overlook our decision," he said at the press conference.

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