Trump, South Korean leader vow to increase pressure on North Korea

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Both China and Russian Federation have repeatedly called for a peaceful solution and talks to resolve the North Korean issue. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was also to speak at yesterday's meeting.

North Korea launched a missile over Japan on Friday, its second in the past three weeks, and conducted its sixth and by far most powerful nuclear test on September 3, in defiance of global pressure.

Kim had told his top officials that the goal of Pyongyang's efforts "is to establish the equilibrium of real force with the U.S. and make the USA rulers dare not talk about military option", according to the nation's state media.

Moon was due to meet later Thursday with Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - their second three-way summit in two months - to show a common front in the pressure campaign against North Korea.

Mattis indicated that North Korea seems to be running missile testing exercises that fall just short of warranting more aggressive responses from the U.S. The first such meeting was held on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, in July. It was the country's longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

Seoul is within artillery range of North Korea, which beyond nuclear and conventional weapons is also believed to have a sizable chemical and biological arsenal. The UN Security Council last week imposed a new raft of sanctions on North Korea, slapping an export ban on textiles, freezing work permits to North Korean guest workers and placing a cap on oil supplies.

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"President Trump and President Moon committed to continuing to take steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities, and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea", the White House said in a statement.

President Donald Trump spoke on the phone with his South Korean counterpart Sunday morning, holding a conversation that jump-starts a big week for the president.

During his four-day stay, the South Korean leader will meet with South Korean residents and expatriates in the United States.

"CNN: "Japan split over how to deal with North Korean missile launches - "... underneath the calm exterior, Friday's launch has widened a growing fault line in the ideological war over how Japan should deal with the North Korean threat to the region".

The Unification Ministry, however, said that the actual provision of the funds would be implemented after considering overall situation including the inter-Korean relations.

The move stems from concerns that the wages of North Korean workers overseas are being sent back to the North to fund its nuclear weapons and missile programs.

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