Park suggests peace steps on North

AFP-JIJI

South Korean President Park Geun Hye proposed small peace steps Wednesday with North Korea, including a park on their tense border, but said the communist state has to give up its nuclear weapons.

In an address to the U.S. Congress, Park said any fresh “provocations” by North Korea would be “met decisively.” But she also said she hoped to build trust with Pyongyang, saying the demilitarized zone dividing the peninsula “must live up to its name — a zone that strengthens peace, not undermines it. It is with this vision in mind that I hope to work toward an international park inside the DMZ. It will be a park that sends a message of peace to all of humanity.”

Park said the North has to respond first to build trust, telling the joint meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives, “As we say in Korea, it takes two hands to clap.”