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S. Korea urges N. Korea to denuclearize

All Headlines 11:48 March 05, 2016

SEOUL, March 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea urged North Korea on Saturday to abandon its nuclear weapons program after Pyongyang warned of a stern response to the recent U.N. sanctions on the regime.

On Friday, the North threatened to take "strong and merciless actions" in protest of the U.N. Security Council's adoption of unprecedentedly tough sanctions over the country's nuclear and long-range rocket tests earlier this year.

"We hope North Korea will abandon its nuclear weapons development, choose the path of peace wished for by the U.N. and the international community, and wake up from the delusion that nuclear weapons will protect its regime, and we once again strongly urge it to choose the path of sincere change toward denuclearization," Seoul's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

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