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Park Says South Korea Must Rid World of Nukes, Not Develop Them

  • President Park speaks in written interview with Bloomberg
  • Trump says he's open to South Korea building nuclear arsenal
Park Geun Hye.

Park Geun Hye.

Photographer: Seong Joon Cho/Bloomberg

South Korean President Park Geun Hye said her nation must take the lead in ridding the world of nuclear weapons -- not develop its own arsenal as Donald Trump has advocated in recent days. 

"I have a strong conviction that the vision for a nuclear-free world must begin with the Korean peninsula,” Park said in a written interview with Bloomberg News before a two-day summit on nuclear security in Washington, starting Thursday. "The Korean government maintains an unwavering stance in support of denuclearization.”