Leaders of Korea, U.S. discuss North Korea, territorial claims in Asia-PacificUpdated: 2014-04-25 22:05:40 (KST)
Before sitting down for talks, the leaders of Korea and the U.S. remembered the victims of last week's Korean ferry sinking, that left some 3-hundred dead or still missing.
As a father of two teenaged daughters himself, President Barack Obama expressed deep sorrow for those who lost their lives.
In response to North Korea's latest threat of a fourth nuclear test, Presidents Park and Obama said they, along with the international community will not accept further provocation by Pyongyang, and that there will be dire consequences.
"We agreed to push forward with denuclearizing North Korea as we share concerns over the enhancement of the North's nuclear capabilities. Based on our close cooperation, we will work to bring out the international community's united response and cooperation."
"In a display of their shared determination to stop North Korea's provocations, Presidents Park and Obama will visit their countries' combined forces command headquarters in Seoul, on Saturday. It will be the first time the leaders of South Korea and the U.S. visit the venue, together."
In consideration of the security threats posed by Pyongyang, the two leaders agreed to review delaying Washington's wartime operational control transfer to Seoul in 2015.
On territorial and historical claims in the Asia-Pacific, the U.S. president said his country does not have a stake in specific claims at the center of disputes.
This, after he affirmed Washington's support behind Tokyo over its island dispute with Beijing.
On Japan's wartime sexual enslavement of women in the region, President Obama said there must be accurate and clear accounts of what happened, but that involved parties must also look into the future.
"I also think that it is in the interests of both Japan and Korean people to look forward as well as backward, find ways their heartache and pain can be resolved."
Reflecting strong Seoul-Washington ties, the U.S. leader also returned Korea's nine royal seals that were lost during the Korean War.
Choi You-sun, Arirang News.
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