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U.S. envoy warns N. Korea against conducting nuclear test
SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. special envoy warned North Korea Thursday against conducting a possible nuclear test, a day after Pyongyang hinted that it might push ahead with a nuclear test to retaliate against the U.N. Security Council resolution.

   "Whether North Korea tests or not, it's up to North Korea. We hope they don't do it, we call on them not to do it. It will be a mistake and a missed opportunity if they were to do it," said Glyn Davies, the U.S. special envoy on North Korea policy, when asked about the possibility of a nuclear test by North Korea.

   "This is not a moment to increase tensions on the Korean Peninsula. This is the opportunity (for North Korea) to seize the moment" to engage with the outside world, Davies said.

   Davies spoke to reporters in Seoul after meeting with his South Korean counterpart, Lim Sung-nam.

   Seoul officials have said that Lim and Davies discussed follow-up measures after the U.N. resolution that widened sanctions against North Korea for its defiant December rocket launch.

   North Korea angrily responded to the U.N. resolution, saying it will bolster its "nuclear deterrence."

   kdh@yna.co.kr
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