South Korea working with US, Japan on strong North Korea sanctions

South Korean President Park Geun Hye (right) presiding over the National Security Council at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul.
South Korean President Park Geun Hye (right) presiding over the National Security Council at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul. PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) -  South Korean President Park Geun Hye held telephone calls with US President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday (Feb 9) and agreed to work for “strong and effective” UN Security Council sanctions against North Korea following its weekend rocket launch.

Ms Park and Mr Obama also agreed that various sanctions outside the UN are needed to sanction and punish North Korea after its rocket launch on Sunday, Ms Park’s office said in a statement.

Mr Obama called the launch a direct threat to the security of the United States and its allies, the Blue House office said.