South Korea is Done Dancing With North
South Korean President Park Geun-hye will defend her hardline response to North Korea’s recent nuclear test and rocket launch in an address to the National Assembly in Seoul Tuesday.
Following North Korea’s recent moves, Park has abandoned virtually any hope of negotiating with the Kim Jong Un government and has joined with allies Washington and Tokyo to step up efforts to coerce Pyongyang to capitulate.
Sunday the Park administration justified closing the jointly run Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea last week, saying that 70 percent of the income generated at the complex was used to finance the North’s nuclear program.
The United Nations has banned North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile technology and has imposed four rounds of increasingly stronger sanctions since 2006.
Pope Visits Mexico's Poorest State
Pope Francis travels Monday to heavily indigenous Chiapas, Mexico's poorest state, where he will preside over a Mass conducted in three indigenous languages. He then visits Morelia, the capital of the western state of Michoacan where farmers in 2013 took up arms to battle the so-called Knights Templar drug cartel.
On Sunday, Francis held an open air Mass for some 300,000 Roman Catholic faithful in Mexico City's suburb of Ecatepec. The pontiff spoke out against the drug trade and associated violence; a central theme of his five-day visit.
"Let's get that in our heads, with the devil there is no dialogue," he said while urging the faithful to resist vanity, pride and wealth. Francis urged Mexicans to be on the "front lines'' in forging their country's future.