Park, Xi discuss North Korea missile, nuke threats

(From the Korea Times)

By Kang Seung-woo

President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed ways Friday to address North Korea’s missile and nuclear weapons programs, the Blue House said.

President Park Geun-hye

President Park Geun-hye

The presidential office said that the two heads of state held a 45-minute phone conversation from 9 p.m.

This was Park’s first phone discussion with Xi following Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test on Jan. 6.

The conversation came about as the Kim Jong-un regime is preparing to launch a satellite ─ believed to be a front for a long-range ballistic missile test ─ sometime between Feb. 8 and 25.

“Park stressed the need to deliver the international community’s stern message to the North by adopting a strong and effective resolution to change the country at this time,” Park’s office said in a statement.

A U.S.-led push for the toughest-yet sanctions on the North are underway at the United Nations (U.N.).

“In this respect, President Park asked President Xi to join the move to punish the North because China is a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council and can exert its leverage on the North,” it said.

However, the Blue House did not disclose how Xi reacted to Park’s request. Read more

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