South Korea shifts to ‘uncompromising’ stance on North Korea
15-Feb (Deutsche Welle) — Addressing South Korea’s National Assembly on Tuesday, South Korean President Park Geun-hye has called for a new approach in her country’s relations with North Korea.
“It has become clear that we cannot break North Korea’s will to develop nuclear weapons through existing means and goodwill,” Park said it remarks carried on national television. “It’s time to find a fundamental solution for bringing practical change in North Korea and to show courage in putting that into action.”
…”[The South Korean government] will take stronger and more effective measures to make North Korea bitterly realize that it cannot survive with nuclear development and that it will only speed up regime collapse,” Park said.
Her comments echo the sentiment shared by the US and Japan, both South Korean allies. This week South Korean officials are scheduled to discuss the possibility of deploying a missile defense system with their American counterparts. South Korea would host such a system, which risks drawing the ire of Beijing.