Moon calls to congratulate Abe, discuss North

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Moon calls to congratulate Abe, discuss North

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe urged North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions Tuesday, saying the move will ensure a bright future for the regime.

The renewed call came in a telephone conversation initiated by the South Korean leader to congratulate Abe on the outcome of the recent election in Japan.

Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party won 284 seats out of the total 465 seats at the House of Representatives, the lower house of the Japanese Diet, in the Oct. 22 snap election.

The outcome ensures Abe’s fourth term as prime minister.

“I believe the people’s will, confirmed in the election, will be a great driving force in pursuing your policies,” Moon told Abe, according to the presidential office Blue House.

Abe noted he had stressed the need to encourage North Korea to change its own behavior while campaigning for the election.

“This was to highlight the fact that North Korea and its people may enjoy prosperity if the country makes the right policy decision because the country has abundant resources and its people are also diligent,” the Japanese leader said, according to the Blue House spokesman Park Soo-hyun.

Also, the two leaders agreed to continue their countries’ bilateral cooperation, as well as their trilateral cooperation with the United States, to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula, Park said.

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