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South Korea's president told Obama that the North has 'last chance' for dialogue

SEOUL — North Korea has a "last chance" to engage in dialogue over its rocket launches and nuclear program, South Korean President Moon Jae In told former U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday, according to local media reports.

Obama met the new South Korean president, who took office in May, on the sidelines of an Asian Leadership Conference in which Obama delivered a keynote speech.

Moon briefed Obama on his White House meeting last week with President Donald Trump, according to Moon's press secretary.

"President Trump and I agreed to continue to apply sanctions and pressure to resolve the North's nuclear and missile issues, while pursuing dialogue in parallel," press secretary Yoon Young Chan quoted the South Korean president as telling Obama during their 40-minute talk, according to the Korea Herald.

North Korea's military aggression — including the launch of 16 ballistic missiles this year — is raising fears of war on the Korean Peninsula.

"The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed," Trump declared last week, adding "frankly that patience is over."

Obama defended his administration's policy toward North Korea from recent attacks by Trump, the Korea Herald reported.

"We should be under no illusions that there is some silver bullet and solve this problem right away," Obama said at the conference.

In 2009, Pyongyang pulled out of six-party talks on its nuclear program. The negotiations had brought together the U.S., Russia, China, Japan, South Korea and North Korea.

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