Turnbull, Moon discuss North Korea threat

Turnbull, Moon discuss North Korea threat”

South Korean President Moon Jae-in agreed Monday with his French and Australian counterparts to work together to lure North Korea back to dialogue through "top-level sanctions and pressure" and peacefully address the nuclear standoff, Seoul's presidential office said.

This photo, provided by the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on September 11, 2017, shows President Moon Jae-in speaking with French President Emmanuel Macron over the phone at his office in Seoul.

People in Japan are stocking up on provisions to protect themselves, amid fears of a possible nuclear and missile attack by North Korea.

Turnbull spoke to president Moon by telephone on Monday evening, and the South Korean president thanked Australia for its support in pursuing tough sanctions against North Korea, which are the subject of ongoing negotiations in the United Nations security council in NY.

Both leaders agreed the recent test was a particularly grave provocation, and President Moon thanked the Prime Minister for his strong support and solidarity. Also noting that France is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, President Moon requested France's continuous and active support so that the resolution for additional sanctions against Pyongyang, which is now under discussion, would be adopted and fulfilled.

The two leaders agreed to the implementation of strong sanctions was a critical component of isolating and containing the regime in Pyongyang, and pressuring North Korea to cease its reckless and provocative actions.

During the 20-minute talks, Moon asked France, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, to play an "active and continued" role in ensuring the council will adopt an additional package of sanctions against the North, and that they can be thoroughly enforced.

Mr Turnbull and Mr Moon are expected to meet face-to-face before the year's end.

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A former human rights lawyer and the son of North Korean refugees, Mr Moon came to power in May after winning 41.1 per cent of the electoral vote, ending nearly a decade of conservative rule in South Korea.

The phone call follows North Korea's sixth nuclear test, with the rogue state saying it tested an advanced hydrogen bomb.

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