South Korea slams North over issuing ‘rude’ questionnaire


Fri, Dec 27, 2013 - Page 6

South Korea yesterday slammed North Korea for issuing a “rude” questionnaire which urged South Korean President Park Geun-hye to choose between peace and confrontation.

The South’s Ministry of Unification said instability was growing in and around the Korean Peninsula because of Pyongyang’s “unethical and irrational” attitude.

“North Korea must bear in mind that our government and the international community are watching and assessing how it behaves,” the ministry said in a statement.

The statement came a day after a North Korean state body in charge of inter-Korean affairs issued an open questionnaire, addressed to the South’s president, through its official news agency.

“Confidence or confrontation?” the questionnaire from the secretariat of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea said.

The committee described Park as a US “stooge” who has strained cross-border relations with a policy of “fierce confrontation” with North Korea.

“Park Geun-hye must not forget the tragedy of her father who ended up in a disgraceful death after losing public confidence. Now it’s time to make a final, right choice,” it said.