SKorea’s Park: time to play hardball with North


SEOUL: South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday said a fundamentally new approach was needed to derail North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, marked by an uncompromising, assertive response to Pyongyang’s provocations. In a speech to the National Assembly ahead of upcoming parliamentary elections, Park warned that South Koreans had, over the years, become “numb” to the threat from their northern neighbor, and said it was time to take a more courageous stand. The speech came a week after Park took the unprecedented step of shutting down operations at the jointly run Kaesong industrial estate in North Korea, triggering an aggressive response from Pyongyang.



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