South Korea says 'new era' possible for Koreas

People watch a TV screen reporting South Korean President Lee Myung-bak delivers New Year's speech to the nation, at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. South Korea's president opened the door Monday to possible nuclear talks with North Korea and warned the neighboring country to avoid any provocations, saying the Korean peninsula is at a crucial turning point. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

January 2, 2012 9:24:13 AM PST
South Korea's president urged rival North Korea on Monday to use the transition of leadership after Kim Jong Il's death to usher in a new era of peace on the tense Korean peninsula, even as he warned the North against any provocations.