S. Korean President Lee, Obama call for DPRK's denuclearization

16:37, November 11, 2010      

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Visiting U.S. President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Lee Myung-bak during a press conference after their meeting in Seoul, capital of South Korea, on Nov. 11, 2010. (Xinhua Photo)

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his U.S. counterpart Barak Obama urged Thursday the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to end its nuclear program while reasserting their strong alliance.

"We reaffirmed that complete and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea (DPRK) is an essential condition for peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula and in Northeast Asia," Lee told reporters at a joint press conference with Obama, who arrived in Seoul late Wednesday for the G20 economic summit.

If Pyongyang chooses to go down the path of irrevocable denuclearization, the world will be ready to offer aid, which would help develop and stabilize the country, Obama said. If the DPRK shows its genuine will for denuclearization, long-stalled international talks aimed at foiling its nuclear ambition might be able to resume, he added.

The two leaders vowed to further strengthen their bilateral alliance and reiterated their commitment to securing stability of the divided Korean Peninsula.

"We will maintain our robust security posture against any threat or provocation," Lee said.

The two also called on the DPRK to "show responsible attitude" regarding the fatal sinking of a South Korean warship in March, blamed on the DPRK's torpedo attack. Pyongyang denies the accusation.

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