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Vice President Pence, ROK President Moon discuss North Korea

Yomiuri reported on talks held in Seoul on Thursday between Vice President Pence and South Korean President Moon. According to a South Korean briefing, they agreed to urge North Korea to enter dialogue toward denuclearization through maximum sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang. Sankei wrote that Vice President Pence and President Moon agreed on U.S.-ROK cooperation in dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Mainichi wrote that although they agreed on a policy of denuclearizing North Korea through maximum sanctions and pressure, differences remain between Washington and Seoul because President Moon reportedly expressed hope that the inter-Korean talks will lead to dialogue between the United States and the DPRK by taking advantage of the Olympics. Nikkei wrote that while President Moon stressed the need for dialogue with Pyongyang, Vice President Pence reportedly called for cooperation in stepping up the pressure on North Korea.

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