S. Korean president urges DPRK to stop "provocations"

13:57, June 25, 2010      

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Friday urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to stop "reckless military provocations" as the two warring Koreas commemorate the 60th anniversary of 1950-53 Korean War.

The president also called on the DPRK to apologize for its alleged torpedo attack in late March on the South Korean warship Cheonan, which took 46 lives.

"I once again urge the North Korean (DPRK) authorities," Lee said in a speech at an anniversary ceremony marking the deadly civil war. "North Korea should stop reckless military provocations."

Seoul wants to achieve a peaceful reunification, not a military confrontation, Lee added.

The anniversary comes at a time when the inter-Korean ties reached the lowest ebb as Seoul seeks to punish Pyongyang at the United Nations for the sinking of the corvette, a charge the DPRK flatly denied with threats of an "all-out war."

Pyongyang said earlier this year it wants to reach a peace treaty to replace the ceasefire that ended the war and left them technically at war.

Source: Xinhua


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