North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the long-range strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 (Mars-12) in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Photograph: (Reuters)
'The two leaders affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, South Korea, and Japan, as well as to most countries around the world,' the White House said
US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-In on Sunday agreed that North Korea "poses a grave and growing direct threat", in a phone call one day after the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that significantly strengthened sanctions on North Korea, AFP reported.
"The two leaders affirmed that North Korea poses a grave and growing direct threat to the United States, South Korea, and Japan, as well as to most countries around the world," AFP quoted the White House as saying.
"The leaders committed to fully implement all relevant resolutions and to urge the international community to do so as well."
The resolution bans all exports of coal, iron and iron ore, lead and lead ore, as well as fish and seafood by the cash-starved state -- stripping North Korea of a third of its export earnings estimated at $3 billion per year.
The US began talks on a resolution with China a month ago after North Korea test fired its first ballistic missile.
(With inputs from AFP)