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Park, Obama agree to push strong UN resolutions over DPRK's nuke test

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 12:51, January 07, 2016

SEOUL, Jan. 7 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama have agreed to push for strong United Nations resolutions over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s fourth nuclear test, Park's office said Thursday.

Park and Obama spoke by phone for about 20 minutes, sharing views that the DPRK should pay a corresponding price for its nuclear test while agreeing to maintain close cooperation in adopting strong resolutions in the United Nations rapidly.

Obama stressed the need for the strongest and the most comprehensive sanctions against Pyongyang, according to the South Korean presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

The DPRK said Wednesday that it had successfully conducted its first test of a hydrogen bomb, the fourth nuclear test in total, which Pyongyang claimed was a perfect success.

Obama vowed to take all necessary measures to defend the safety of South Korea, saying that its commitment to the defense of its ally is unflappable.

In response, Park appreciated Obama reaffirming Washington's defense commitment and expressing its strong will to tackle Pyongyang's nuclear test, saying that she anticipates close cooperation with the United States at the UN Security Council.

Park and Obama agreed to address the DPRK's nuclear issue with the most urgency and robust will, sharing views that the DPRK's nuclear test should be tackled in cooperation with Japan and China.

Seoul's foreign ministry said earlier Thursday that South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-Se and his U.S. counterpart John Kerry had a phone conversation overnight to discuss countermeasures following the DPRK's nuclear test.

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