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S. Korea's Park: 'No North Korean Provocation Can Succeed'

South Korean President Says North Korea Needs to Make a Choicei
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May 08, 2013 9:52 PM
South Korean President Park Geun-hye addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives on Wednesday. South Korea's first female president told lawmakers that North Korea's leaders must choose between pursuing nuclear weapons and the welfare of their own people. VOA Congressional Correspondent Cindy Saine reports from a day of ceremony on Capitol Hill.
South Korean President Says North Korea Needs to Make a Choice
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye says President Barack Obama's vision of a world without nuclear weapons must start on the Korean peninsula, where the South lives in fear of a nuclear attack from the north.

President Park addressed a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday in Washington.

"The republic of Korea will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea," said President Park.

She thanked Congress for American support, calling the countries' friendship "second to none" as they work to improve their economies and create a path toward reunifying the Korean peninsula.  

She said this path to peace and unity starts with trust, but noted that, as they say in North Korea, "it takes two hands to clap."

"The pattern is all too familiar and badly misguided. North Korea provokes a crisis, the international community imposes a certain period of sanctions, later it tries to patch things up by offering concessions and rewards. Meanwhile, Pyongyang uses that time to advance its nuclear capabilities, and uncertainty prevails. It is time we put an end to this vicious circle," she said.

President Park is on a five-day U.S. visit, which began Monday at the United Nations.  

  • US Vice President Joe Biden and Speaker of the House John Boehner applaud South Korea President Park Geun-hye after she addressed a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, May 8, 2013.
  • South Korea President Park Geun-hye is applauded after she addressed a joint meeting of Congress in Washington, May 8, 2013.
  • President Barack Obama and South Korea President Park Geun-Hye shake hands at the end of a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2013.
  • President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-Hye meet in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, May 7, 2013.
  • South Korea President Park Geun-Hye meets with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at Blair House in Washington, May 7, 2013.
  • South Korea President Park Geun-hye is escorted by Maj. Gen. Michael Linnington during a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, May 6, 2013.
  • South Korean President Park Geun-hye lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, May 6, 2013.
  • South Korean President Park Geun-hye prepares to leave after presenting a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, May 6, 2013.
  • U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and South Korean President Park Geun-hye pose for a photo with staff members at U.N. headquarters in New York, May 6, 2013.

After meeting Tuesday with President Obama at the White House, Park said Seoul and Washington must not tolerate North Korea's recent wave of threats.

President Obama said the United States is ready to engage diplomatically with the North if it decides to embrace a "peaceful path."  

But he said the days when North Korea could create a crisis and elicit concessions are "over," calling the United States and South Korea "as united as ever" and North Korea "more isolated than ever."

The South Korean leader is heading a delegation of more than 50 South Korean business leaders and will stop Thursday in Los Angeles to meet with Korean entrepreneurs.

The trip is meant to send a strong message of unity to the North, which has gradually reduced the intensity of its war rhetoric, following weeks of threats of nuclear and conventional attacks against the United States and South Korea.

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