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Abe, Moon to seek new, stronger U.N. action after N. Korea nuke test

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President
Moon Jae In agreed in telephone talks Monday to seek a new, stronger
U.N. Security Council resolution against North Korea following the
North's sixth nuclear test the previous day.

Abe said Sunday's nuclear test, which Pyongyang claimed was of a
hydrogen bomb that can be mounted on an intercontinental ballistic
missile, is "a head-on challenge to the international community,"
according to Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasutoshi Nishimura.

Abe told Moon it is essential that the entire international
community apply the strongest possible pressure on North Korea,
including by seeking a new, more stringent sanctions resolution at
the U.N. Security Council, Nishimura said.

Moon replied that South Korea strongly condemns the nuclear test
and will work with the international community to formulate a strong
response, including through a Security Council resolution.

Moon was quoted by his spokesman, Park Soo Hyun, as telling Abe
of "the need to cooperate with the international community to come up
with strong and effective punitive measures, which North Korea would
feel are different in nature from the previous (penalties)."

Moon said that until North Korea comes to the table for
dialogue, "the highest level of sanctions and pressure" is needed,
the spokesman told reporters in Seoul.

The two leaders strongly condemned the nuclear test, calling it
"a grave provocation different from (those) in the past in its size
and nature," and a clear violation of past Security Council
resolutions, which "poses a serious challenge to world peace and
security," Park said.

Moon also said his country will maintain a solid security stance
through its alliance with the United States, according to Nishimura.

The leaders agreed they will continue to work in close
coordination with each other and with Washington in addressing the
threat from North Korea.

Abe also said Japan will urge China and Russia to cooperate to
play a greater role in placing pressure on Pyongyang.

Abe and Moon are expected to hold talks on the sidelines of a
regional meeting in Vladivostok in Russia's Far East beginning
Wednesday.

Both Abe and Moon have also held telephone talks with U.S.
President Donald Trump in recent days to affirm close coordination
among the allies over the threat posed by North Korea. (Sept. 4)