South Korea's Park willing to hold summit with North Korean leader

Nov. 3, 2013 at 11:29 AM
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PARIS, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said she would agree to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but not as a one-time event or "simply for talks' sake."

"We are ready to help North Korea. My position is that I can hold a meeting at any time if it is necessary for development in the South-North relations or peace on the Korean Peninsula," Park said in an interview, Yonhap News reported.

"However, I am going to refrain from holding talks simply for talks' sake or holding talks as a one-off event. What is the most important is sincerity," said Park, who arrived in Paris Saturday and is scheduled to meet with French President Francois Hollande before going to Britain and Belgium.

Park said North Korea was "pursuing an impossible illusion" with its nuclear weapons program, which she said could cause the regime in North Korea to collapse.

"North Korea is ignoring the hunger and livelihoods of its people in order to maintain its regime. If North Korea continues to act like this, I think it will face difficulties from both inside and outside, and collapse on its own," Park said.

Park's meeting with Hollande will include discussions about trade and North and South Korean relations, Yonhap reported.

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