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Singer Psy, center, performs during the inauguration of South Korea's President Park Geun-hye, not pictured, at parliament in Seoul on Feb. 25, 2013.
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South Korea's new president Park Geun- hye, center, salutes the national flag prior to her inauguration ceremony at the National Cemetery in Seoul on Feb. 25, 2013.
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Park Geun-hye salutes during her inauguration ceremony as the 18th South Korean president on Feb. 25, 2013.
Reuters reports — South Korea's new president Park Geun-hye urged North Korea on Monday to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and to stop wasting its scarce resources on arms, less than two weeks after the country carried out its third nuclear test.
"I urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay and embark on the path to peace and shared development," Park said after being inaugurated on Monday.
Park, usually an austere and demure figure in her public appearances, wore an olive-drab military style jacket and lavender scarf on Monday and smiled broadly and waved enthusiastically as a 70,000 strong crowd cheered her.
Rap sensation Psy was one of the warm-up acts on an early spring day outside the country's parliament and performed his "Gangnam Style" hit, but without some of the raunchier actions. Read the full story.