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Moon, Xi say negotiation, not war, to end North Korean crisis

Leaders agree to open direct phone line between them

South Korean President Moon Jae-In, left, and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands at the end of a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Dec. 14.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping said Thursday that the North Korean nuclear crisis would be resolved through talks and negotiation rather than war.

The two leaders agreed that the two Koreas should be free of nuclear weapons and rejected the plan by the regime under North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to complete its nuclear arms and ballistic missile programs. Pyongyang said in November it successfully launched its advanced intercontinental ballistic missile which can target all of the U.S. mainland.

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