S.Korea to cooperate with U.S. over peaceful resolution of Korean Peninsula nuclear issue

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SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- South Korea vowed to continue close cooperation with the United States to peacefully resolve the Korean Peninsula's nuclear issue after U.S. President Donald Trump made a combative speech at the UN General Assembly about the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

An unnamed South Korean foreign ministry official was quoted by Yonhap news agency Wednesday as saying that South Korea and the United States will continue close cooperation and consultation, like in the past, to achieve the common goal of peacefully resolving the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula.

The comment followed the U.S. president's debut speech at the UN General Assembly, in which he said his country "will have no choice but to totally destroy" the DPRK if it is forced to defend itself or its allies.

The South Korean official told local reporters that President Trump's speech was to re-confirm the common position of South Korea and the United States to make the DPRK realize that the denuclearization is the only way left to the country.

The official was quoted as saying Trump, as U.S. president, allotted an unusually long time to expressing his stance on the DPRK, which showed how seriously the U.S. government took the issue.

Trump's speech came amid rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula after Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3.

In response, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a new resolution toughening sanctions on the DPRK.

Days after the resolution was adopted, the DPRK flew an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) over Japan. Enditem

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