SK Election Untouched by Missile Furore

first_img By Park Seong Guk – 2012.12.03 2:09pm News “Even if North Korea launches [a long-range missile], they will be unable to have a significant impact on the upcoming presidential election,” President Lee Myung Back told reporters at the Blue House on the 2nd.“I cannot say for certain whether North Korea will shoot the missile before the presidential election,” he admitted. “However, North Korea has intervened in every other election… They intervened in my election in 2007, and also in the recent legislative election.”“But all it has done is worsen the opinion of the South Korean people toward North Korea,” he added. “There may well be a candidate that North Korea prefers, but they have no power to influence the election.”Musing on the situation North Korea finds itself in more generally, President Lee went on, “With the emergence of its new young leader Kim Jong Eun, North Korea is faced with an opportunity for change. They are at a crossroads; whether to struggle to live with nuclear weapons or to abandon their nuclear programs and join the international community on the road to prosperity.” He asserted, “One thing that is for certain right now is that, unlike in the past, time is not on North Korea’s side. Because of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and the development of long-range missiles, the people’s lives are becoming more difficult. China’s position is also that North Korea must focus on the people’s livelihoods.”“The U.S. and China are both with South Korea in hoping for change and opening in North Korea,” he concluded, adding, “I hope that General Secretary Xi Jinping’s new administration will play a positive role in bringing change to North Korea.” North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with China News Facebook Twitter There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News SK Election Untouched by Missile Furore Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News AvatarPark Seong Guk SHARElast_img read more