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Leaders demand action over North Korea's nuclear test

The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea expressed concern over North Korea's nuclear test and called for "effective steps" to break a stand off in talks to stop nuclear testing in the Korean peninsula, a joint statement said today.

The leaders, meeting in a three-way summit in the central Philippine city of Cebu, also restated the need to fully carry out UN sanctions against Pyongyang, as well as their "commitment of the peaceful resolution of the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula through dialogue and negotiation," the statement said.

It was issued after a one-day summit between South Korea's President Roh Moo-hyun, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

During the hour-long meeting, they called for "concrete and effective steps" toward the full implementation of a 2005 agreement to keep the Korean peninsula free of nuclear weapons.

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