South Korea Calls on the North to Abandon Nukes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's president says the rival Koreas must not repeat their "dark history" and is urging the North to abandon its nuclear and missile programs.

President Lee Myung-bak made the remarks in a nationally televised speech Tuesday. North Korea warned a day earlier that this month's South Korean-U.S. military drills could spark a nuclear war on the peninsula.

Lee says South Korea could provide aid to the impoverished North, but Pyongyang must take responsibility for two deadly attacks on the South last year.

Lee says the Koreas cannot "lag behind the currents of the times, repeating the dark history of yesteryear."

Lee was speaking in a ceremony marking Korea's 1919 independence uprising against Japan's colonial rule.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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