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Ban Ki-moon urges N Korea to take denuclearisation steps

AP  |  Tokyo 

Former UN has urged North Korean leader Un to take concrete steps toward complete denuclearisation and gain the trust of the international community if he wants sanctions lifted.

Ban told on Monday that "this is the time" to achieve North Korea's denuclearisation after nearly a quarter century of unsuccessful efforts, and that the world should not lose this opportunity.

Ban, in for a event, said the nuclear crisis isn't over even though North has opted to engage in dialogue, and its nuclear weapons still need to be verified.

Kim sharply raised tensions with nuclear and missile tests last year, but suddenly reached out to South and the this year with a vague nuclear disarmament pledge.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 11:20 IST