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President Park orders military to be ready to counter any North Korea provocations

Updated: 2013-12-25 AM 10:05:01 (KST)
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President Park demanded a thorough security posture from the military, so that North Korea wouldn't even dream of carrying out a provocation.
During her Christmas Eve visit to front line troops along the border with the North, President Park said the current political and security situation on the peninsula has become very serious, with the growing possibility of a North Korean provocation.


"If North Korea carries out a provocation, the military should firmly and severely retaliate to protect the safety of the nation and its people."
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The president added she has full faith in the judgment of the military and its commanders, and stressed that a strong awareness of national security is the only way to secure peace and prevent war.
This is the first time President Park has visited a military unit since her inauguration in February.
It comes after the South Korean government warned that Pyongyang could carry out a provocation in the coming months as part of efforts to stabilize its leadership following the execution of leader Kim Jong-un's uncle, Jang Song-thaek.
President Park also met with and encouraged soldiers at a boot camp.


"The faith they have in you soliders, who are protecting them on the frontline -- isn't that why they are able to go to work and carry on with their daily routines without any worries?"


She also assured the parents of the trainees through a video call, telling them about the enhanced facilities and culture of the military.


"I felt a bit disappointed, but at the same time relieved, when my son told me that the food they give you in the military units is better than the food I prepare for him."



"Don't you think he might have exaggerated so that you won't worry?"



Giving the soldiers a warm hug, the president told them that their military service is an opportunity to change their lives for the better if they maintain proper perspective.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News.


Reporter : jjeoh@arirang.co.kr

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bartektodde (USA) DEC 24, 2013    

President Park orders military to retaliate against any North Korea provocations

"If North Korea carries out a provocation, the military should firmly and severely retaliate to protect the safety of the nation and its people."

(Ms. Pak didn't "order" the military to retaliate. She said they "should" which implies a suggestion.) It's up to the military if they want to retaliate.