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S. Korean opposition leader warns DPRK against nuclear test

May 7, 2012 - Seoul

The new interim leader of South Korea' s main opposition party on Monday warned the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) against a nuclear test.

"I once again warn North Korea (DPRK): It should immediately stop (preparations for) a third nuclear test, which would do much harm and absolutely no good," Park Jie-won, who was recently elected the interim leader of the Democratic United Party, told a party meeting.

Park, who also serves as the floor leader of the center-left party, added South Korea and the United States should still engage the DPRK in encouraging its leadership to abandon its nuclear program.

The lawmaker was a close confidant to late President Kim Dae- jung, whose so-called "sunshine policy" of engagement with Pyongyang resulted in a historic summit with late DPRK leader Kim Jong-il in 2000.

The remarks by the new opposition leader coincide with speculation over a potential nuclear test by Pyongyang after its botched attempt last month to launch a long-range rocket mounted with an observational satellite. Seoul and Washington, among others, believe it was a disguised missile test.

Experts and government officials here have said the DPRK appears to be ready to conduct a third nuclear test and is awaiting a "political decision."

The DPRK's previous two nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009 were both followed by missile tests. (Xinhua-ANI)


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