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President Trump, South Korean President Moon speak by phone

Mainichi, Yomiuri, Nikkei, and Sankei front-paged reports from Seoul saying that according to the office of the South Korean president, President Moon spoke by phone with President Trump on Wednesday. According to a briefing by the South Korean presidential office, President Trump told his South Korean counterpart that the United States will not take any military action against North Korea so long as inter-Korean dialogue continues and expressed his openness to holding talks with North Korea at the appropriate time and under the right circumstances. Yomiuri wrote that President Moon briefed President Trump on the outcome of the recent discussions between North and South Korea on Jan. 9 and thanked the U.S. leader by saying that his policy toward North Korea has helped make the talks with the North possible.

The four papers wrote that President Trump also told his ROK counterpart that the United States will send a delegation led by Vice President Pence to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which will open on Feb. 9. Yomiuri wrote that several U.S. media outlets reported on Wednesday that the Vice President also plans to visit Japan. Yomiuri speculated that Vice President Pence will probably meet with Prime Minister Abe and other Japanese officials to discuss North Korea and confirm strengthened U.S.-Japan coordination.

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