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Obama observes Veterans Day in Korea


YONGSAN, SOUTH KOREA (KWWL) -- In South Korea Thursday, President Barack Obama took time to honor Veterans Day.

The president visited Yongsan Army Garrison, a U.S. military base, and took part in a wreath laying ceremony.

He also addressed U.S. troops and thanked them for their service to America.

The president talked about the history of the Korean War and the stark contrast that exists between North and South Korea.

"Today, the Korean peninsula provides the world's clearest contrast between a society that is open and one that is closed; between a nation that is dynamic and growing, and a government that would rather starve its people than change. It's a contrast so stark you can see it from space, as the brilliant lights of Seoul give way to utter darkness in the north. "

The president also issued a warning to North Korea about its nuclear program.

"Along the with the rest of the world, we have made it clear that North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons will only lead to more isolation and less security for them."

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