President Park Geun-hye vowed on Sunday that South Korea will not seek compromise with North Korea over issues of missile threats, adding that recent defections of North Koreans, including high-ranking officials, have also exposed the Kim Jong-un regime's tyranny.
"Although its people are suffering from a flood and economic trouble, North Korea is threatening the peace and future of Koreans by concentrating on nuclear weapons and missiles," Park said in a video message at a sports event for those who fled from five North Korean provinces to the South. "We will not surrender to or compromise with them."
The United Nations Security Council and South Korea have been working on a fresh resolution to punish North Korea for its fifth nuclear test in September and other missile launches. Pyongyang also test-fired a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile Saturday, although it ended in a failure, according to the South Korean military.
Park also asked support from South Koreans to boost the government's effort to drive North Korea's change.
"South Korea will make all-out efforts to end North Korea's provocations by cooperating closely with the international community and to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, as well as peaceful unification," she said. (Yonhap)