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S. Korea to use every possible way to put pressure on N.K.: foreign ministry

All News 15:49 September 29, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea will use every possible way to push North Korea to take the road to denuclearization, the foreign ministry said Thursday, adding that it is closely working with the international community to apply more pressure on Pyongyang.

"We will press the North to come out and take the road of denuclearization by using every possible means," Cho June-hyuck, a foreign ministry spokesman, said at a regular press briefing.

"We are closely cooperating with the international community to keep sending messages to the North and also working closely with the U.S for all-out diplomatic effort," he added.

The spokesman made the remarks in response to a request for comments on the U.S.' move to urge other countries to sever diplomatic ties with the communist state.

In a statement prepared for a Senate hearing on Wednesday (local time), Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel asked foreign countries to "downgrade or sever diplomatic and economic ties" with the North, the latest measure intended to put more pressure on Pyongyang in the wake of its fifth nuclear test earlier this month.

Cho said that efforts will be made to create an environment that would force the North to change its thinking by making it hard to carry out its usual activities.

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