Presidential office hails Pres. Park's achievements since election winUpdated: 2013-12-19 (KST)
Marking President Park Geun-hye's first anniversary of her election win on this Thursday, the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae has hailed her achievements, saying her successes have paved the way for the next four years of her term.
Senior presidential press secretary Lee Jung-hyun says the administration has focused on policies designed to improve people's livelihoods and made strides on the diplomatic frontand denied accusations that the president "lacks communication" with the people.
For diplomatic achievements, the press secretary cited the normalization of the inter-Korean industrial complex at the border town of Gaeseong,.. and the Korean government's timely announcement of its new air defense zone without causing major diplomatic frictions.
He noted that Seoul has made clear that North Korea can't win any concession by playing up threats or staging provocations against the South and that any progress in inter-Korean relations will have to be based on mutual trust.
On the question of the Korea Air Defense Identification Zone, Lee says the Korean government averted potentially acute diplomatic rows with neighboring countries by actively engaging in dialogue with leaders of nations interested in the matter to explain the situation around the Korean peninsula and Seoul's needs to introduce such airspace.
The rival parties, however, blame each other for the past year of political deadlock.
The main opposition Democratic Party accused President Park of failing to show political leadership to unite the nation divided by controversies over a proposed overhaul of the nation's spy agency, which allegedly meddled in last year's election.
The ruling Saenuri Party, for its part, held the opposition responsible for creating months-long standoff by questioning the legitimacy of President Park's election win.
Kim Ji-yeon, Arirang News.
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