Lee says N. Korea's arms development will undermine basis for its regime

Park Sae-jin Reporter() | Posted : April 26, 2013, 09:49 | Updated : April 26, 2013, 09:49
Outgoing President Lee Myung-bak warned on Feb. 15 that if North Korea continues to spend money to build weapons, it will eventually undermine the foundation for the North Korean regime, a presidential spokeswoman said.

"If North Korea continues to waste money on developing military weapons, it will be difficult for the North to maintain its regime," Lee said in a breakfast meeting with a group of foreign policy and security advisers at Cheong Wa Dae, the spokeswoman, Lee Mi-yon, said. President-elect Park Geun-hye is set to take office on Feb. 25.

President Lee was apparently referring to nuclear tests North Korea has conducted for the past years. On Dec. 12, Pyongyang conducted its third nuclear test in defiance of objections from the international community.

Participants of the meeting shared the view that even if the U.N. Security Council imposes additional sanctions against North Korea, there will be a limit in resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, the spokeswoman said.

They said a change of the North Korean (political) system and reunification are fundamental solutions to the problem, she said.
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