Ban ki moon
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to reconsider the plan to launch a long-range rocket.

Ban, who is currently on an official visit to his native Republic of Korea to attend the two-day Nuclear Security Summit that will begin on Monday, met President Lee Myung-bak in Seoul on Saturday.

The meeting focused on issues such as the situation on the Korean peninsula, global nuclear security and the crisis in Syria. Both the leaders discussed the serious concern of many nations about North Korea's planned rocket launch.

Ban and Lee Pyongyang wanted North Korea to reconsider its decision in line with its recent undertaking to refrain from long-range missile launches.

During the meeting, Ban shared the deep concern of South Korea about dislocated people from North Korea, and encouraged the concerned parties to do their utmost to find a mutually agreeable solution.

He commended the leadership role of Lee in advancing the international community's efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism and strengthen the global nuclear security and safety regime.