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Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2018

The U.S. politician said America's toughness and South Korea's rational approach are coming together to make an outstanding combination when dealing with the North Korea nuclear issue, according to the South Korean press report.

The pope addressed envoys from more than 180 countries a day before North Korea and South Korea are due to hold talks expected to address North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which some diplomats see as a possible opening for discussions on other topics such as humanitarian issues and divided families.

"I cherish vivid memories of my meeting in Dhaka with some members of the Rohingya people, and I renew my sentiments of gratitude to the Bangladeshi authorities for the assistance provided to them on their own territory", the Pope said.

In his traditional New Year's speech before the diplomatic corps accredited in the Vatican, the Holy Pontiff noted that even if they are not always motivated by the best intentions, most migrants would prefer to stay in their countries of origin.

Relations between nations, like all human relationships, "must likewise be harmonized in accordance with the dictates of truth, justice, willing cooperation and freedom", Francis stated, quoting from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Francis is also bishop of the Italian capital. "Despite the difficulties, a willingness to engage in dialogue and to resume negotiations remains the clearest way to achieving at last a peaceful coexistence between the two peoples".

"The time for rebuilding has now come", he said, which includes, not just rebuilding destroyed cities, but rebuilding hearts and "the fabric of mutual trust, which is the essential prerequisite for the flourishing of any society".

This disregard for life and the family has had an enormous effect, particularly in those parts of the world experiencing a decline in birth rate, which has led to a true "demographic winter!" he underlined.

Another urgent task before humanity, the pope said, is caring for the earth.

"Climate changes, with the global rise in temperatures and their devastating effects, are also a outcome of human activity", said Francis, citing recent hurricanes that have effected the United States.

During a speech to diplomats Monday, Francis said, "There is a need to take up, in a united effort, the responsibility of leaving to coming generations a more handsome and livable world".

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