NKorea vows to achieve nuclear-free Koreas

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - December 31, 2009

North Korea also said Friday that it will strive to develop good relations and friendship with other countries, while calling for an end of hostile relations with the United States in a New Year message.

The message said, "It is the consistent stand of the (North) to establish a lasting peace system on the Korean Peninsula and make it nuclear-free through dialogue and negotiations."

North Korea traditionally marks New Year's Day with a joint editorial by the country's three major newspapers representing its communist party, military and youth militia force. The editorial was carried by the North's Korean Central News Agency.

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