South Korea's Moon, Japan's Abe agree to raise pressure to max on North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-In speaks during a press conference marking his first 100 days in office at the presidential house in Seoul on August 17, 2017. REUTERS/JUNG Yeon-Je/Pool

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in said North Korea’s launch of an intermediate ballistic missile that flew over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido amounted to “violent conduct” to a neighbouring country, his office said on Wednesday.

Moon agreed with Japanese Prime Minister Abe in a telephone call on Wednesday that pressure must be raised “to the maximum” on the North to leave Pyongyang with no choice but to come to dialogue, the presidential Blue House said in a statement.

Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Michael Perry