Park Geun-Hye became South Korea’s first female president Monday, vowing zero tolerance with North Korean provocation and demanding Pyongyang “abandon its nuclear ambitions” immediately.
As leader of Asia’s fourth-largest economy, Park, the 61-year-old daughter of late military strongman Park Chung-Hee, faces challenges of slowing growth and soaring welfare costs in one of the world’s most rapidly aging societies.
Taking the oath of office less than two weeks after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test, Park called on the regime in Pyongyang to “abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay” and rejoin the international community.
“North Korea’s recent nuclear test is a challenge to the survival and future of the Korean people, and there should be no mistake that the biggest victim will be none other than North Korea itself,” she said.
1. She's a bit of a legacy, certainly, given her ancestry.
Hopefully, she has better security than her father did...
Park Chung-Hee He ruled with an iron fist for the next 18 years until his assassination, and remains a divisive figure—credited with dragging the country out of poverty but reviled for his regime’s human rights abuses.