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World Trump, S.Korea's Moon discuss trying to maintain talks with N.Korea

09:55  07 december  2019
09:55  07 december  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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By Josh Smith. SEOUL (Reuters) - U. S . President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea , Seoul said on Saturday, as Pyongyang warns of waning patience with stalled nuclear talks .

U. S . President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea .

SEOUL, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a half-hour phone discussion on ways to maintain diplomacy with North Korea, Seoul said on Saturday, as Pyongyang warns of waning patience with stalled nuclear talks.

The two leaders agreed that the situation has become "severe" and that "dialogue momentum should be maintained to achieve prompt results from denuclearisation negotiations," South Korea's presidential Blue House said in a statement.

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When he visits South Korea this month, U. S . President Donald Trump will discuss ways to continue close coordination with President Moon Jae-in on She also revealed President Trump will be accompanied by U. S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. While the exact date of Trump ' s visit has not

North Korea , which has suspended nuclear tests and missile launches, has been pressing for sanctions "The important task that we face right now is to maintain the momentum of dialogue and also express Trump asked Moon to brief him as early as possible on North Korea ' s latest thinking.

They also agreed to consult regularly as needed, the statement said.

Tensions are rising ahead of a year-end deadline set by North Korea, which has called on the United States to change its policy of demanding unilateral denuclearisation or leader Kim Jong Un may choose an unspecified "new path".

In a series of statements in recent weeks, senior North Korean officials have warned the United States not to ignore the deadline, and called Washington's offer of more talks a stalling tactic ahead of next year's U.S. election.

Longtime allies, the United States and South Korea are also in negotiations over how much each side will pay to fund the roughly 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea.

Trump has demanded that Seoul pay as much as $4 billion more per year, according to South Korean officials, and a fourth round of talks ended in Washington on Wednesday with no agreement.

The Blue House said the cost-sharing dispute was not raised during Moon's call with Trump on Saturday.

(Reporting by Josh Smith Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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