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Park again urges N. Korea to abandon nuclear programs

All Headlines 16:36 March 04, 2016

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye called on North Korea Friday to abandon its nuclear programs, again urging the isolationist country to embrace change.

"I once again strongly urge North Korea to throw away the delusion that the nuclear programs guarantee the regime safety and to walk down the path of genuine change as soon as possible," Park said.

The remark was made at a joint commissioning ceremony for graduating military cadets at the Gyeryongdae military headquarters in central South Korea.

Park also said national security will be her "top priority," pledging her determination that the North will not survive if it does not give up the nuclear programs.

On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted the toughest-ever resolution punishing North Korea for its nuclear and long-range rocket tests earlier this year.

"The government will take all kinds of strong and effective measures against North Korea until it gives up the nuclear programs and become a responsible member of the international community," the chief executive said at the ceremony.

The president also said that the military should maintain strong readiness so that Seoul can show determination against provocations disrupting stability on the Korean Peninsula.

Park then said the South will beef up various capabilities to defend itself against possible cyberterror attacks and the infiltration of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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