Park proposes meeting with political leaders to discuss N. Korea

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : April 26, 2013, 10:00 | Updated : April 26, 2013, 10:00
President-elect Park Geun-hye on Feb. 6 proposed a meeting with leaders of the ruling and opposition parties to discuss the North Korean nuclear issue and security situation on the Korean Peninsula, her spokeswoman said.

"North Korea's planned nuclear test poses a serious threat to security on the Korean Peninsula," the spokeswoman, Cho Yoon-sun, said in a news briefing at the presidential transition committee's office in central Seoul.

Park's proposal comes as North Korea is widely expected to conduct its third nuclear test soon.

Those invited to attend the meeting include leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party and the main opposition Democratic United Party, and leading members of the National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee and the transition team's subpanel on foreign affairs, defense and unification.

President-elect Park has demanded that North Korea immediately drop plans to conduct its third nuclear test, saying that Pyongyang would face nothing but "stiffer" international sanctions if it presses ahead with the nuclear test plan.

The North Korean move comes after the U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the communist state's long-range rocket launch on Dec. 12 last year.
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