South Korean president urges North Korea to abandon nuclear ambition

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:23 GMT, Oct 1, 2015 |

South Korean President Park Geun-hye on  today  (Thursday) urged North Korea to abandon its nuclear armament and the development of long-range missiles as the country celebrated the 67th anniversary of Armed Forces Day.

 Amid rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, the South Korean army commemorated the day that South Korean forces broke through the 38th parallel in 1950 during the Korean War.

 “North Korea immediately should stop development of its nuclear programme and long-range ballistic missile, which is an obstacle to world peace and threats the fate of our people. If the North Korea keeps developing its nuclear weapons, it would strengthen its isolation as well as fail to open the ways to develop economy,” Park said at a ceremony.

 In mid-September, the North announced a plan to fire a long-range rocket that it says is for a space program. It also said it was working to improve its nuclear arsenal.

North Korea is expected to launch an upgraded long-range ballistic missile, which would violate international sanctions, as it prepares to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of its ruling Workers’ Party of Korea on Oct. 10.