South Korea's Moon Jae In, Japan's Shinzo Abe agree to pursue strong UN sanctions against North Korea

South Korea's President Moon Jae In (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "agreed to push for more powerful UN sanctions".
South Korea's President Moon Jae In (left) and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe "agreed to push for more powerful UN sanctions".PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP

SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's President Moon Jae In and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Monday (Sept 4) to pursue stronger United Nations sanctions against North Korea after Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test a day earlier, South Korea's presidential spokesman said.

"Both heads of state agreed to cooperate closely with each other and the United States and shared the understanding there must be the most powerful sanctions and pressure applied on North Korea," presidential Blue House spokesman Park Su Hyun told a media briefing.

"And as part of that they agreed to push for more powerful UN sanctions," Park said after Moon and Abe spoke for about 20 minutes by phone. The aim of stronger sanctions was to draw North Korea into dialogue, he said.