Moon Jae In And Donald Trump Speak On The Phone For 2nd Day

Yoona Choi, Dec. 1, 2017, 9:59 a.m.

President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the telephone again on Thursday night to discuss their response to North Korea's latest launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The two leaders also spoke on Wednesday morning, just five hours after the launch. The frequency of the phone calls demonstrates that North Korea has succeeded in rattling the allies with its rapid missile development.

"What's most important is that South Korea and the U.S. cooperate and take a unified stance," a Cheong Wa Dae official said. "Our principle of engaging the North through dialogue and diplomacy remains unchanged, but it is time now to strengthen sanctions against North Korea."

In a telephone call Wednesday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Moon proposed continuing sanctions and pressure against North Korea and said he would urge Chinese President Xi Jinping to take a stronger role when he visits Beijing next month.

Meanwhile, the National Security Council warned that South Korea, the U.S. and Japan must prevent North Korea from using its new ICBM to threaten the South. The NSC also voiced concern over the U.S. launching a preemptive strike on the North.

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