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UN Chief Considering North Korea Visit

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U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon holds the trophy of Seoul Peace Prize during the award ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, October 29, 2012.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon holds the trophy of Seoul Peace Prize during the award ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, October 29, 2012.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he would consider a trip to North Korea as part of his efforts toward peace on the Korean peninsula.

Ban, a South Korean, made his comments Tuesday as he received the 2012 Seoul Peace Prize.

"I will spare no effort to help both the South and the North move toward eventual reunification and a Korean peninsula that is peaceful and free of nuclear weapons," Ban said."As secretary-general, I am committed to doing my utmost to play any role in helping to advance peace on the Korean peninsula. That includes visiting North Korea, under the right conditions."

He also said he looks forward to the day when North Korea "heeds the international community's call" by giving up its nuclear weapons and improving the lives of its people.

Ban was chosen for the Seoul Peace Prize because of what the selection committee called his "outstanding achievements in resolving and preventing international conflicts." He is the first Korean to receive the prize.

The two Koreas have been technically in a state of war for more than 60 years. The agreement that ended the 1950-53 civil war was only a truce.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.
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