Lee, Medvedev urge NK to focus on improving people‘s lives
Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev agreed Monday that North Korea should concentrate on improving the lives of its people, rather than go ahead with the planned rocket launch, the presidential office said.
Lee and Medvedev reached the agreement based on the consensus that the planned long-range rocket launch is a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution and a threat to international peace and stability, the presidential office said in a statement.
"Rather than issues like this, the two leaders agreed, North Korea should make efforts to improve the basic lives of its people," the statement said. "They agreed to cooperate closely together with related countries."
North Korea announced earlier this month that it will launch what it says is a satellite-carrying rocket next month, a claim widely seen as a pretext that Pyongyang has long used to disguise ballistic missile tests banned under a U.N. Security Council resolution.
Military officials in Seoul said Sunday that North Korea is believed to have moved a long-range rocket to the launch site in Dongchang-ri in the country's northwest for final preparations for the liftoff set for between April 12 and 16.
The summit took place on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit set for Monday and Tuesday, a gathering of more than 50 world leaders for discussions mainly on keeping nuclear material away from the hands of terrorist groups.
Lee and Medvedev also expressed satisfaction that relations between the two countries have moved forward in a substantial manner, including the breaking of $20 billion in bilateral trade volume for the first time in 2011, the statement said. (Yonhap)