S Korea’s Park seeks to reboot unification drive

February 26, 2014 - 12:00:00 am
SEOUL:  South Korean President Park Geun Hye vowed yesterday to map out a fresh path to Korean reunification, building on a recent thaw in cross-border ties despite the North’s anger over South-US military drills.

In a speech marking her first year in office, Park, who had campaigned on a promise of greater engagement with Pyongyang, said she was setting up a committee to work out “systematic and constructive” plans for unifying the divided peninsula.

Her national televised address coincided with the conclusion of a six-day North-South reunion for family members separated since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The event was the first of its kind raised hopes of a sustained upswing in relations between the prosperous, democratic South and the impoverished, totalitarian North.

“For true peace... it is necessary to make preparations for reunification that will open a new era on the peninsula,” Park said in her address.                        AFP