Obama and Park share concern about North Korea's nuclear program

U.S. President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Guen-hye are determined to work together to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea, according to a joint statement on Tuesday.

Obama and Park presented the joint declaration in celebration of sixty years of bilateral partnership during a meeting on Tuesday in Washington. In the statement, both leaders expressed trepidation in relation to North Korea's recent nuclear and missile threats.

"We share the deep concern that North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missiles programs and its repeated provocations pose grave threats to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia," Obama and Park said. "Both the United States and the Republic of Korea are determined to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of North Korea and are working with other Six-Party Talks partners and the international community to insist that North Korea adheres to its international obligations and commitments."

Obama and Park said that while they invite North Korea to stop its policy of isolation and become a responsible member to the world community, they will continue to defend their citizens against the recent provocations.

"(We are) strengthening our comprehensive, interoperable, and combined defense capabilities, to include shared efforts to counter the missile threat posed by North Korea and integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems," Obama and Park said. "Because both the United States and the Republic of Korea share a deep concern for the well-being of the North Korean people, we encourage North Korea to invest in, and improve, the conditions for its citizens and to respect their basic human rights."

Obama and Park closed by saying that they look forward to working together to shape the future of Asia.