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S. Korea's Park speaks via phone with Obama, Abe on DPRK sanctions

People's Daily Online

(Xinhua) 13:20, February 09, 2016

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday had telephone calls with U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe respectively to discuss tougher new sanctions against the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on its long-range rocket launch.

Park shared a view in her respective phone calls with Obama and Abe that the DPRK's recent rocket launch and nuclear test violated UN Security Council resolutions and represented a significant threat to the international society, according to Park's office.

The three leaders agreed to rapidly adopt new UN Security Council resolutions against Pyongyang, involving strong and effective measures, sharing another view that the DPRK should pay a harsh price corresponding to its repeated provocations of significance.

The phone calls came two days after the DPRK put an observation satellite into orbit aboard a long-range rocket.

Pyongyang tested what it claimed was its first H-bomb on Jan. 6.

The DPRK is banned under UN Security Council resolutions from testing a rocket by use of ballistic missile technology and from conducting a nuclear test.

Park made phone calls with Obama and Abe, just a day after the DPRK's fourth nuclear test in early January, and had agreed to seek strong and comprehensive sanctions against the DPRK.

Park received a phone call from the U.S. president at about 11:20 a.m. local time, making an in-depth discussions about the DPRK's nuclear test and ballistic missile launch, Park's office said.

The two leaders agreed to push various bilateral and multilateral sanctions against Pyongyang, separately from new UN Security Council resolutions.

About 30 minutes later, Park received a phone call from Abe, agreeing to cooperate in the adoption in UN Security Council of the strongest and the most effective sanctions toward the DPRK.

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