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Moon, Abe agree to impose ‘strongest’ sanctions on N. Korea

Moon, Abe agree to impose ‘strongest’ sanctions on N. Korea

Posted September. 08, 2017 07:49,   

Updated September. 08, 2017 08:52

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to the "strongest" sanctions against North Korea.

The leaders of the two neighboring countries reached the agreement at a summit on the sidelines of the regional economic summit, Eastern Economic Forum, in Vladivostok, Russia, Moon's chief press secretary Yoon Young-chan said. "The leaders agreed to work together in pushing for a fresh U.N. Security Council resolution that will include the most powerful sanctions so far, such as cutting off oil supplies," Yoon told a press briefing.

The leaders also agreed to do their best to persuade China and Russia to join the proposed cutting off of oil supplies to the North. During a summit in the afternoon, Abe also asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop oil supply to North Korea.

Moon proposed to Abe that the two neighbors to put the "strongest" sanctions and pressures against the North to make it give up its nuclear and missile program, while seeking to resolve the issue in a peaceful manner, ultimately. The Japanese prime minister said he would continue to convince China and Russia, noting the countries had agreed last month, when North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan, to push for a new United National Security Council resolution should North Korea stage another provocation, Yoon said.



Sang-Jun Han alwaysj@donga.com