South Korean president pledges "strong response" against North
Monday, April 01, 2013 - 01:45
April 1 - As the industrial zone jointly run by the two Koreas continues to operate, South Korean President Park Geun-hye pledges a strong and swift military response to any North Korean provocation. Sarah Toms reports.
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South Korean President Park Geun-hye has promised a "strong response" to any North Korean aggression - as tensions escalate on the peninsula. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENT PARK GEUN-HYE SAYING: "If there is any provocation against South Korea and its people, there should be a strong response in initial combat without any political considerations." North Korea has issued multiple warnings of attacks on US and South Korean targets - to which the US has responded with a show of military hardware. At the weekend, thousands of North Koreans held a rally to support the country as it said it was entering a state of war with the South. North Korea has been angered both by UN sanctions imposed after its nuclear test in February and joint US-South Korea military drills. But few analysts think the North would risk full-blown conflict. (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) SOUTH KOREAN UNIFICATION MINISTRY SPOKESMAN KIM HYUNG-SEOK SAYING: "The ideal future of the inter-Korean relations is that both Koreas move forward to the future of co-prosperity and peace. And it (the Kaesong Joint Industrial zone) is a very important and symbolic project, which can become one of the routes for the future." And despite Pyongyang cutting a military hotline -- the last official direct link with Seoul -- it's business as usual. Workers from South Korea continue to cross into the industrial park, a key money maker for the North.
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