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North Korea takes diplomatic offensive to UN

Published on Jan 25, 2014 2:42 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - North Korea took its demand for a thaw in ties with South Korea to the United Nations on Friday, urging its rival to "end the vicious cycle of slandering and hatred." UN ambassador Sin Son-Ho gave a rare press conference setting out the North's proposals to avoid a "nuclear holocaust" and condemning South Korea's planned war games with US forces.

But the envoy would not answer questions about Pyongyang's apparent diplomatic drive for better relations, which South Korea has already expressed doubts about.

"Any war on the Korean peninsula will help big powers fish in troubled waters and bring unimaginable destruction to Koreans," Sin said, calling for international pressure to halt the exercises.

Sin said the annual Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, due to be held by US and South Korean forces next month, should be moved to the United States.

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