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Abe cautions Moon on North Korea's 'charm offensive'

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their meeting in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 9.   © Reuters

SEOUL -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday that he should be wary of North Korea's "charm offensive" as the leaders met for a one-hour summit in Pyeongchang, a few hours before the town saw the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games.

While the run-up to the Winter Olympics has seen increased unity between the two Koreas, "North Korea continues to develop its nuclear weapons and long-range missiles. [We should] be careful about North Korea's charm offensive," Abe told Moon.

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