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(2nd LD) S. Korean president joins APEC leaders for two-day summit

2017/11/11 00:02

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DANANG, Vietnam, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined the leaders of 20 other major economies in the Asia-Pacific region Friday for the start of an annual forum.

The two-day Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit kick started with an informal dialogue of the 21 APEC economic leaders. They included U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Moon and the other APEC leaders later attended a gala dinner hosted by Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang.

The South Korean president arrived here earlier in the day following his three-day state visit to Jakarta. Moon is currently on a three-nation trip that followed his bilateral summit with Trump in Seoul earlier this week.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (front row, L) and other global leaders pose for a group photo before the start of a gala dinner that marked the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 10, 2017. (Yonhap) South Korean President Moon Jae-in (front row, L) and other global leaders pose for a group photo before the start of a gala dinner that marked the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 10, 2017. (Yonhap)

Moon was scheduled to hold a bilateral summit with the Vietnamese president early Saturday. They will later join the other APEC leaders for two rounds of APEC leaders' dialogue.

Moon and Xi will hold bilateral talks later in the day, marking their second bilateral summit since the South Korean leader took office in May.

In APEC meetings, Moon will likely seek support for his country's efforts to denuclearize North Korea, which staged its latest and most powerful nuclear test so far on Sept. 3.

Moon has insisted only the strongest pressure and sanctions against the communist state will force the North to give up its nuclear ambition.

He was widely expected to call for China's support when he meets his Chinese counterpart here. China is the North's largest communist ally, and is said to account for more than 90 percent of the North's overall trade.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook wave their hands after arriving in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 10, 2017 on a three-day visit to take part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. (Yonhap) South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook wave their hands after arriving in Danang, Vietnam on Nov. 10, 2017 on a three-day visit to take part in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. (Yonhap)

The South Korean leader will head to Manila on Sunday for the East Asia Summit and an annual regional forum involving the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the leaders of South Korea, Japan and China.

He will return home on Wednesday.

bdk@yna.co.kr

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