South Korea’s president hardened her line with North Korea on Monday, demanding an unequivocal apology for recent provocations
as the two rivals struggled to negotiate their way out of a dangerous military standoff.
As gruelling talks between top negotiators from both sides entered a third day in the border truce village of Panmunjom, Park Geun-Hye insisted on North
Korea making a sincere gesture of contrition for mine blasts this month that maimed two South Korean soldiers.
North Korea “should make a clear apology… and ensure that there will be no further provocations,” Park said in televised comments to a meeting of
Otherwise, she added, Seoul would continue the border propaganda broadcasts that have infuriated Pyongyang and prompted threats of concerted military
strikes by the North Korean army.
The current standoff has already triggered a rare exchange of artillery fire across the border, with both sides ramping up the military rhetoric and
flexing their weaponry.
In the remarks to her aides, Park stressed that there would be “no retreat” in the face of North Korean threats.