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Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party.   © Kyodo

Denuclearization before talks, South Korea's Ahn says

Centrist candidate takes tough line on North weeks before election

HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL -- North Korea needs to take action toward giving up its nuclear weapons before any dialogue with the South takes place, Ahn Cheol-soo, the centrist People's Party candidate in the presidential election, told The Nikkei in a written interview.

Despite earlier gains in the polls, Ahn now trails front-runner Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party of Korea by more than 10 points. Ahn is apparently moving to regain his momentum ahead of the May 9 vote by talking tough on the North to win over conservatives and independents.

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