Anchor: President Park Geun-hye has strongly denounced North Korea’s leadership for being indifferent about the people’s lives and solely focusing on maintaining power and pursuing its self-interests. During a meeting with her key secretaries, she said that there will be no denuclearization talks with North Korea and the issue of its WMD program will be dealt with at the UN Security Council.
Our Bae Joo-yon has more.
Report: Chairing a meeting of her senior secretaries on Thursday, President Park Geun-hye said it is unbelievable how the North pursued a fifth nuclear test and boasted about successfully testing a new rocket engine while its people are suffering from the worst floods in decades.
Park said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is obsessed with developing nuclear weapons and missiles using an astronomical amount of funds, while completely neglecting the people’s livelihood.
[Sound bite: South Korean President Park Geun-hye (Korean)]
“North Korea will no longer engage in dialogue on abandoning its nuclear weapons. I believe that the North’s nuclear and missile threats will worsen.”
On recent calls for inter-Korean dialogue, Park said the reason the North continuously pushed forward with nuclear tests is not because South Korea and the international community failed to hold talks with Pyongyang. She stressed rather, that the history of the North’s nuclear weapons development proves it is the opposite case.
The president said that the North’s leadership could engage in sudden provocations as the international community is discussing stronger sanctions against the North.
Park said on behalf of the government and herself, the best efforts will be exerted and all means will be mobilized to defend the country and the people and shatter Kim’s obsession.
She said the government will first take active steps in order to produce new international sanctions at the UN Security Council that will make the North abandon its nuclear ambitions. She also vowed to work separately with various countries to pressure the North.
The president then stressed the need for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery in South Korea to maintain a strong defense posture and to repress the North’s threats through nuclear deterrence, such as the U.S.’ nuclear umbrella.
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio News.