October 23, 2017 / 6:33 PM / a year ago

U.S. needs to work with others on North Korea crisis: Singapore PM

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong gives a joint statement with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday he outlined for President Donald Trump his country’s efforts to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program but also advised the U.S. leader to use talks to help resolve the conflict.

“Pressure is necessary, but so is dialogue,” Lee said in remarks with Trump at the White House. “The U.S. will need to work with others, including China, South Korea and Japan and Russia, to resolve the issue.”

He urged Trump to build a good relationship with China, noting that Singapore and other countries in the region “watch your relations with China very closely” and see it as “the most important bilateral relationship in the world.”

Reporting by Steve Holland; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Doina Chiacu

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