(WASHINGTON) — South Korean President Park Geun-hye told a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Wednesday that a nuclear North Korea is intolerable and unacceptable.
Park, who only became president earlier this year, has already had to deal with several provocations from Pyongyang, centering around its desire to become a nuclear power.
However, the first woman to lead her country asserted, “The republic of Korea will never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea.”
After holding talks the day before with President Obama, Park said her American counterpart insists that a world one day free of the threat of nuclear war must begin on the Korean Peninsula.
She told lawmakers that whenever North Korea provokes a crisis, the international community first responds with sanctions, then offers concession to get Pyongyang to stop, essentially giving the North more time to build up its nuclear capabilities until history repeats itself.
“It is time we put an end to this vicious circle,” Park said.
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