S. Korea's new president demands North drop nuclear ambitions
SEOUL (REUTERS) - South Korea's new president Park Geun Hye urged North Korea on Monday to abandon its nuclear ambitions, and to stop wasting its scarce resources on arms development, less than two weeks after the country carried out its third nuclear test.
Ms Park, 61, the daughter of South Korea's former military ruler Park Chung Hee, is the first female president of prosperous South Korea and one of her campaign promises was to engage with the North if it halted its nuclear weapons plans.
"I urge North Korea to abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay and embark on the path to peace and shared development," she said after being inaugurated on Monday.
North Korea is ruled by Kim Jong Un, the third of his line to hold power in Pyongyang and the grandson of a man who tried to assassinate Ms Park's father.