South Korean President Hardens Approach Towards North
South Korean President Park Geun-hye is warning North Korea that Seoul plans to take a harder approach towards the regime if it continues work on developing a nuclear weapon.
In a nationally televised address before the National Assembly Tuesday, President Park defended her decision to close the Kaesong industrial park. She repeated previous accusations that Pyongyang had siphoned the $100 million South Korean businesses pay in annual salaries to the 53,000 North Koreans employed at the park, and used it to fund their nuclear program.
Park told lawmakers since it was apparent that the current approach of diplomatic "goodwill" with North Korea has not worked, the government would take "strong and effective measures" to finally convince the North that its nuclear development program "will only speed up regime collapse."
UN Envoy to Meet Syrian Officials in Cease-Fire Push
U.N. envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura is in Syria where he is due to hold talks Tuesday with officials on implementing a cease-fire this week.
He arrived late Monday in the Syrian capital, Damascus, for the unannounced visit.
World powers agreed last week to a cessation of hostilities, set to begin Friday, in order to let badly needed humanitarian aid be delivered.
The cease-fire is meant to help make it possible to resume international peace talks that collapsed earlier this month in Geneva after just three days.
Since then, the violence has shown no signs of letting up. The Syrian government has continued an offensive backed by Russian airstrikes. A wide array of rebel groups also continue to fight in the country, each with different objectives and international backers.
World powers have said they hope to resume peace talks by the end of the month.