N. Korea rocket launch casts shadow over South election
SEOUL (AFP) - North Korea's rocket launch underscores national security issues in South Korea's looming presidential election, and challenges the two candidates' stated aim of closer engagement with Pyongyang.
Although analysts are divided about the impact of the launch on the actual outcome of the Dec 19 ballot, they largely agree that the eventual winner will now face new constraints in moulding his or her own North Korea policy.
The conventional wisdom suggests that the conservative front-runner Park Geun Hye from the ruling New Frontier Party will benefit from any heightened public concern in the wake of Wednesday's launch.
Ms Park is the daughter of South Korea's late military strongman Park Chung Hee and her party is traditionally seen as strong on national security and North Korea in particular.