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Moon, Trump to hold bilateral talks on N. Korea this week

2017/09/20 18:00

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NEW YORK, Sept. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump will meet here this week, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Wednesday, for bilateral talks expected to focus on ways to deal with provocative North Korea.

The two leaders will hold a bilateral summit here on Thursday, followed by a three-way summit that will involve Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, according to Cheong Wa Dae officials.

Moon arrived here Monday on a four-day visit to take part in the U.N. General Assembly.

The Moon-Trump summit comes after the communist North staged its sixth and apparently most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3.

In their earlier conversation held over the phone, the two leaders strongly condemned the North's latest nuclear provocation, pledging joint efforts to punish the communist state through complete and thorough implementation of U.N. Security Council sanctions imposed on the country.

They also warned the North to refrain from making any more provocations, saying they will only lead to further isolation and eventual collapse of the North Korean regime.

The bilateral summit between the South Korean and U.S. leaders will mark the second of its kind since they both took office earlier in the year. It will also mark their third meeting in person as they held a three-way summit with the Japanese leader on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany in July.