South Korea's President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump agree to exert stronger pressure through sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear and missile tests. Grace Lee reports.
The U.S. and South Korea agreeing to push for more sanctions on North Korea, following its recent series of nuclear and missile tests. South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaking with U.S. President Donald Trump on the phone on Sunday (September 17). Both looking to strengthen cooperation as tensions in the Korean peninsula continue to rise. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREA'S PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE SPOKESMAN, PARK SU-HYUN, SAYING: "The two leaders agreed to exert stronger and practical sanctions on North Korea so that the North Korean regime realizes provocative actions lead to further diplomatic isolations and economic pressure and eventually enter the path of collapse." This comes after Pyongyang's latest launch on Friday (September 15), sending a missile over Japan for the second time in under a month. North Korea announcing that it aims to reach an "equilibrium" of military force with the U.S. as it continues to work towards creating a missile capable of hitting the country's mainland. The U.N. Security Council stepped up sanctions against Pyongyang earlier this month, imposing a ban on North Korea's textile exports and capping its imports of crude oil. But Washington warns that its patience for diplomacy is wearing thin.