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Lee to offer 'advanced proposal' on N. Korean nuclear standoff: aide

All Headlines 16:50 May 09, 2011

BERLIN, May 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak plans to make an "advanced proposal" on North Korea's nuclear programs at a joint news conference Monday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, a presidential official said.

The official declined to provide further specifics on the planned offer.

Lee arrived in Berlin on Sunday for a three-day trip for talks with Merkel and German President Christian Wulff.

South Korea has urged the North to demonstrate its denuclearization commitment through action before reopening the six-nation talks on the nuclear standoff involving the two Koreas, China, Japan, Russia and the U.S.

On Sunday, Lee called for eliminating the North's nuclear programs, stressing that making the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free is an important step toward unifying the divided states.

jschang@yna.co.kr
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