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Park calls for resolving N.K. nuclear issue as first step toward building nuclear-free world

By Chang Jae-soon THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye proposed to global leaders Monday that ending North Korea's nuclear program should be the first step toward an ambitious vision to make the world safer without nuclear weapons. Park issued the appeal in a speech at the opening ceremony at the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, saying Pyongyang's pursuit of atomic bombs poses grave threats to world peace because nuclear material from the communist nation could end up in the hands of terrorists.

Ukraine crisis no excuse for nuclear proliferation

The UN chief said Monday that the failure to live up to promises to Ukraine in return for giving up its nuclear weapons should not discourage others from abandoning their atomic arsenals. Opening a major summit of world leaders devoted to nuclear security, Ban Ki-moon said Russia's absorption of Crimea had "seriously undermined" the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, under which Ukraine handed over its Soviet-era nuclear weapons in return for guarantees of sovereignty from Western powers and Moscow.

US, Japan in historic plutonium return deal

Japan pledged Monday to return hundreds of kilos of weapons-grade uranium and plutonium given to Tokyo for research during the Cold War era, in the first major deal announced at a summit on nuclear security. "By removing this nuclear material, we can prevent the risk of nuclear terrorism," Japan's special nuclear advisor, Yosuke Isozaki, said on the sidelines of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague.

Park calls for resolving N.K. nuclear issue as first step toward building nuclear-free world

By Chang Jae-soon THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye appealed to global leaders Monday that ending North Korea's nuclear program should be the first step toward an ambitious vision to make the world safer without nuclear weapons. Park issued the appeal during a speech at the opening ceremony for the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, saying Pyongyang's pursuit of atomic bombs poses grave threats to world peace because nuclear material from the communist nation could end up in the hands of terrorists.

Park calls for resolving N.K. nuclear issue as first step toward building nuclear-free world

By Chang Jae-soon THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye appealed to global leaders Monday that ending North Korea's nuclear program should be the first step toward an ambitious vision to make the world safer without nuclear weapons. Park issued the appeal during a speech at the opening ceremony for the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, saying Pyongyang's pursuit of atomic bombs poses grave threats to world peace because nuclear material from the communist nation could end up in the hands of terrorists.

China hails Park-Xi summit in The Hague

BEIJING, March 24 (Yonhap) -- China on Monday hailed bilateral talks between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping in The Hague, saying the summit gave the two nations a "boost" to further enhance bilateral relations. Park and Xi held the meeting on Sunday on the sidelines of a global nuclear summit in which North Korea's nuclear weapons program topped the agenda. Both sides also agreed to work together for the conclusion of bilateral free trade talks at an early date.

China hails Park-Xi summit in The Hague

BEIJING, March 24 (Yonhap) -- China on Monday hailed bilateral talks between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Chinese President Xi Jinping in The Hague, saying the summit gave the two nations a "boost" to further enhance bilateral relations. Park and Xi held the meeting on Sunday on the sidelines of a global nuclear summit in which North Korea's nuclear weapons program topped the agenda. Both sides also agreed to work together for the conclusion of bilateral free trade talks at an early date.

Park discusses economic cooperation with Dutch PM

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye met bilaterally with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday and discussed ways to expand economic cooperation and exchanges between the two countries, her office said. The meeting took place in The Hague on the sidelines of a global leaders' summit on anti-nuclear terrorism opening later Monday for a two-day run. South Korea hosted the biennial Nuclear Security Summit in 2012 that was initiated by U.S. President Barack Obama in 2010.

World leaders meet as Ukraine crisis strains East-West ties

World leaders gather in The Hague on Monday for talks set to be dominated by the crisis in Ukraine, with Russia facing possible exclusion from the G8 club of rich nations as punishment for its actions. US President Barack Obama has called an emergency Group of Seven summit to discuss what steps to take against Russia for its absorption of Crimea, which has forced Western leaders to rethink their relationship with Moscow after a post-Cold War period in which they sought to usher Moscow into the broader international community.

Park holds talks with China's Xi

THE HAGUE, Netherlands, March 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday for talks expected to have focused on North Korea, as they gathered in The Hague for an international conference aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism. It was their fourth meeting since they took office last year.
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