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S Korea, Japan hold summit on DPRK's denuclearization

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio in New York on the sidelines of the UN meetings, discussing bilateral ties and denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea's presidential office said today.

The bilateral talks came on the sidelines of the UN meetings yesterday (local time), during which the two leaders shared views on ways to tackle the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s nuclear issue, the presidential office said.

According to the presidential office, the two leaders also agreed that it was in need to implement UN Security Council sanctions and to bring the DPRK to the six-party talks, vowing continuous bilateral cooperation on the matter.

Lee and Hatoyama also jointly called for international cooperation to make the DPRK give up on its nuclear attempts, stressing that a 'complete' withdrawal is necessary.

"It is better to resolve the issue through dialogue, but we need to keep pressure on the North (DPRK) through international cooperation if necessary," Hatoyama was quoted as saying by Lee Dong-kwan, Seoul's top secretary for public relations.

The meeting came amid the DPRK's recent conciliatory gestures towards the United States and the outer world, which, however, South Korea said to be largely prompted by the UN sanctions.

The restrictive measures were placed on the DPRK shortly after its second nuclear test in May, which they conducted one month after it announced to quit the six-party denuclearization talks.

The two leaders, in the meantime, exchanged views on enhancing bilateral ties, with the Japanese prime minister saying his party was "courageous enough" to "look straight in the face of history."

Lee and Hatoyama also promised to closely work on global issues, such as green growth and climate change.

The bilateral summit, first to be held since Hatoyama came into office, followed Lee's meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao earlier Wednesday, during which the leaders also discussed the DPRK's nuclear issues and two-way relationships.


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