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South Korea Urges North to Stop Weapons Development

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People carry a huge South Korean national flag during a rally to mark the 67th anniversary of the Korean War in Seoul, South Korea, June 25, 2017.

On the anniversary of the beginning of the Korean war, the South's leader called on the North to stop its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

"The North continues provocative military actions such as launching a ballistic missile," South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told veterans and government officials at a ceremony Sunday honoring the 67th anniversary of the start of the 1950-1953 Korean war.

Amid fears that the North will conduct a sixth nuclear test this year in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, Lee called on Pyongyang to "come out on to the path of denuclearization on the Korean peninsula."

The Korean War ended in armistice in 1953; however, a peace treaty was never signed, leaving the two countries in a technical state of war.

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