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Obama telephones Lee to discus North Korea

world Updated: May 18, 2010 09:27 IST
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US President Barack Obama and his South Korean counterpart Lee Myong-bak on Tuesday urged North Korea leadership to live up to its international obligations with regard to nuclear weapons programme, the White House said following a telephonic conversation between the two leaders.

"President Obama and President Lee reiterated that North Korea must live up to its commitment to eliminate its nuclear-weapons programme, comply with its international obligations under relevant UN Security Council resolutions, and put an end to belligerent behaviour towards its neighbours," the White House said in a statement.

Obama told his South Korean counterpart that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would visit Seoul for consultations next week and that the defense and foreign ministers of the two countries would hold their first-ever "Two plus Two" meeting in July.

Obama and Lee agreed to remain in close touch and to meet at the time of G-20 meeting in Canada in June, the White House said adding that the two leaders spoke yesterday evening (local Washington time) by telephone as part of their ongoing consultations on the full range of US-South Korea alliance issues.