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(2nd LD) Park says she trusts her troops in handling N. Korea's provocation

All Headlines 04:30 May 08, 2013

(ATTN: CORRECTS typo in 7th para; ADDS photo)

WASHINGTON, May 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday she would fully trust an assessment and response by her troops in case of a future North Korean provocation.

"If North Korea engages in provocation, I will fully trust the judgment of our military," Park said during a joint press conference with U.S. President Barack Obama after their summit talks at the White House.

"So if our military makes a judgment which they feel is the right thing, that they should act accordingly. And this is the instruction that I had made," she added.

Park reaffirmed that Seoul would make Pyongyang pay the price for any provocations.

Park emphasized that the North will have to make a right choice as early as possible, as the South is ready for inter-Korean talks and cooperation.

"We also shared the view that realizing President Obama's vision of a world without nuclear weapons should start in the Korean Peninsula," Park said.

Obama said he agrees with Park's approach toward North Korea revolving around a vision of bringing peace and stability to the peninsula through a process of building mutual trust.

"President Park's approach is very compatible with my approach and the approach that we have been taking together for several years now," Obama said.

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