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(2nd LD) Moon, Trump urge N. Korea to choose better path, vowing to build up deterrence

All Headlines 01:35 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.

"The U.S. calls on the regional powers and all responsible nations to join us (in) implementing sanctions and demanding that the North Korean regime choose a better path and do it quickly. And a different future for its long suffering people," U.S. President Donald Trump said.

In a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in 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.

The South Korean president also stressed the importance of the Korea-U.S. alliance in dealing with the provocative North.

"There are now deep trust and friendship between President Trump and I, and I believe they will provide a strong basis in tackling many problems in the future," Moon said.

Trump agreed, calling the alliance a "cornerstone of peace and security in a very, very dangerous part of the world."

bdk@yna.co.kr
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