Six months in office, Pres. Park receives high points on N. Korea policy & diplomacy
More than half of the people here in the nation believe President Park is doing a good job.
Her approval rating has steadily increased since her inauguration in February to 54 percent according to a recent survey released by Gallup Korea on August 16th.
President Park's North Korea policy is where she earned the most points during the past six months.
She consistently maintained a firm stance against Pyongyang, even after the North unilaterally shut down the inter-Korean Gaeseong Industrial Complex in April.
She made it clear that there will be no compromises made on such provocative behavior.
Her strategy eventually drew the North back to the negotiating table, which resulted in a joint agreement between the two Koreas stating there will not be further halts at the business park and the two will work towards globalization of the complex.
"I hope that the two Koreas can use this agreement as an opportunity to correct wrong practices in past inter-Korean relations and start a new relationship in which the two sides can prosper together."
President Park also proved her strength in diplomacy.
During the bilateral summits with U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, President Park was able to secure full support from both countries on her push for a trust-building process with North Korea.
However, she saw her lowest approval rating in April in the early weeks after she took office due to botched nominations for key members of her new administration.
The tax code overhaul announced earlier this month also faced strong backlash from the opposition party and much of the public that criticized the proposal for increasing the burden on the middle-class.
The finance ministry quickly put forth a revised version of the tax code proposal, but many experts criticized President Park's economic team for being ignorant on what helps people's livelihoods.
The presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae explained that if the first six months were a period to set up the blueprint for the Park administration, it will now speed up its efforts to push ahead with actual measures to revitalize the economy and create more jobs.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.
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