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North Korea to top agenda as Obama meets South Korean leader

North Korea to top agenda as Obama meets South Korean leader

President Barack Obama is welcoming the leader of South Korea to the White House in a show of unity between close allies looking to deter nuclear-armed North Korea while leaving the door open to negotiations.

The visit Friday by South Korea President Park Geun-hye follows heightened tensions this summer at the heavily militarized border between the two Koreas, and speculation that North Korea could be planning another rocket launch into space or a nuclear test explosion in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Park has cultivated closer relations with China as she looks to coax Beijing away from its traditional embrace of Pyongyang. Last month, she prompted...

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