East Asia Summit to censure N. Korea's nuclear program

South Korea, China agree to manage North Korea issue peacefully, in stable manner

South Korea, China agree to manage North Korea issue peacefully, in stable manner

A statement released by China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on November 12 said that Xi had reconfirmed China's position on deploying THAAD in South Korea during his meeting with Moon the previous day.

Moon was also set for a bilateral meeting with Singapore's prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong.

Abe and Xi smiled and nodded during the opening remarks of their own meeting, which Abe later described as frank, relaxed and friendly.

The South Korean leader earlier proposed forming a regional community to ensure peace and co-prosperity.

"I believe the THAAD issue will not be an agenda item when I visit China next month, and that we may be able to discuss ways to more vigorously develop the countries' relationship", he said.

After the summit, the Blue House played up the fact that the two leaders had not disagreed about normalizing cooperation and exchange based on the October 31 deliberations and reported that "Xi described this as a "new starting point and a good beginning.'" This has led some to say that South Korea and China are offering different interpretations of remarks by Xi that were quoted in Chinese state-run media such as Xinhua and the People's Daily".

Li expressed hopes the regional bloc and East Asian countries could build a consensus and stressed China's support and cooperation with ASEAN integration and the East Asia Economic Community.

Turning to North Korean issues, Moon asked the ASEAN countries and the two Northeast Asian nations to help peacefully end the nuclear standoff, stressing the need to maintain maximum pressure and sanctions against the communist North.

Moon said he hoped to see increased cooperation between the two countries in the "fourth industrial revolution", highlighting they are both striving for industrial innovation as a way of creating new growth engines, Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

President Rodrigo Duterte looks on as South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrives for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit gala dinner in Manila, November 12, 2017.

"That means it will likely be North Korea first freezing its nuclear program and then moving onto complete dismantlement, and if that happens, I believe we and the global community may discuss what we can do in return", he added.

The meeting with the Russian prime minister, which came about two months after Moon's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, served to confirm Russia's desire to aid peaceful resolution of the North Korean nuclear situation.

According to the draft, the statement condemned North Korea, which continues to develop weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear and chemical weapons as well as ballistic missiles.

They also agreed to accelerate ongoing negotiations between South Korea and the Eurasian Economic Union for a free trade agreement.

Also on Saturday, the USA and South Korea launched a joint naval drill in a show of strength against the North's leader Kim Jong-un.

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