S. Korean opposition leader warns N. Korea against nuclear test.SEOUL, May 7 Kyodo
The interim leader of South Korea's opposition party warned North Korea on Monday against conducting another nuclear test, saying such a move would ''do all harm but no good.''
''North Korea should halt (preparations for) a third nuclear test that would do all harm but no good,'' Park Jie Won, the new floor leader of the main opposition Democratic United Party in the National Assembly, told a gathering of senior party members.
Park, 69, a close confidante con·fi·dante
1. A woman to whom secrets or private matters are disclosed.
2. A woman character in a drama or fiction, such as a trusted friend or servant, who serves as a device for revealing the inner thoughts or intentions to the late former President Kim Dae Jung who held the landmark inter-Korean summit in 2000 that resulted in improved inter-Korean ties, is also serving as acting party chief until a new party leader is selected at a party national convention set for June 9.
He also called on South Korea and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. to take a softer approach to North Korea by beginning food aid and initiating efforts to preserve peace on the Korean Peninsula.
President Lee Myung Bak has taken a tough stand against North Korea since assuming office in 2008, demanding the North scrap its nuclear weapons development program and apologize a·pol·o·gize
intr.v. a·pol·o·gized, a·pol·o·giz·ing, a·pol·o·giz·es
1. To make excuse for or regretful acknowledgment of a fault or offense.
2. To make a formal defense or justification in speech or writing. for military provocations.
Tensions are running high amid growing speculation North Korea is set to carry out another nuclear test to save its lost face in the wake of its failed rocket launch last month.
North Korea previously carried out two nuclear tests