Park to call on gov’t to be fully prepared to cope with N.K. provocations

President Park Geun-hye is expected to call upon the government to maintain its vigilance against future North Korean provocations, her office said Sunday.

A source at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae told Yonhap News Agency that the commander-in-chief is on guard against possible flareups in cross-border tensions and even cyberterrorism attacks.

"With the North to celebrate the founding of its ruling Workers' Party of Korea on Oct. 10 and with the United States getting ready to pick its new president, Park is concerned that Pyongyang may lash out again," the official, who declined to be identified, said.

This view comes after the North detonated its fifth nuclear device on Sept. 9, the founding day of its regime, and threatened to further enhance its nuclear capabilities.

Right after the latest test, which came just eight months after the previous nuclear weapons detonation, Park ordered the government to be on its highest alert and keep close tabs on the North.

Other presidential aides said Park believes the next few weeks are critical in international efforts to curb the North's weapons of mass destruction (WMD) development drive.

"The goal is to maintain a firm stance against the North while pushing forward diplomatic measures to persuade the North to give up its WMD program once and for all," another official said.

He added that the president is expected to outline her plans for North Korea when she chairs a meeting of senior aides on Thursday.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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