SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s new president, Park Geun-hye, is pursuing a policy that seeks to re-engage North Korea with dialogue and aid after five years of standoff. But she told her military Monday to set aside political considerations and respond strongly should North Korea attack.
“I consider the current North Korean threats very serious,” Park told the South’s generals Monday. “If the North attempts any provocation against our people and country, you must respond strongly at the first contact with them without any political consideration.
“As top commander of the military, I trust your judgment in the face of North Korea’s unexpected surprise provocation,” she added.
Her response contrasted with the more dismissive attitude that South Korean leaders have usually taken toward North Korean threats.
But the White House says that despite warlike rhetoric from North Korea the Obama administration has not seen changes in the regime’s military…
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