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Moon, Trump agree to bring N. Korea to dialogue table thru sanctions, pressure

All Headlines 00:14 December 01, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of South Korea and the United States reaffirmed their efforts to peacefully end the North Korean nuclear and missile standoff, saying they will continue to put strong pressure and sanctions against the North to bring the reclusive regime back to the dialogue table.

In an hour-long telephone conversation held late Thursday (Seoul time), South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump agreed to further step up sanctions against the North.

The agreement came one day after the North launched an apparent intercontinental ballistic missile in its latest provocation.

"The two leaders agreed on the need to maintain their basic stance of putting strong sanctions and pressure on the North until North Korea voluntarily gives up developing nukes and missiles and comes out for dialogue," Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

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