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Former Saenuri head condemns Park's N. Korean policies

All Headlines 17:02 October 13, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- Rep. Kim Moo-sung, a former head of the ruling Saenuri Party who is also considered as a potential candidate for next year's presidential race, made a rare criticism of President Park Geun-hye's North Korean policies on Thursday.

"North Korea is approaching the completion of its nuclear capabilities," Kim said during a parliamentary audit on the country's foreign ministry, adding South Korea "failed" to implement proper inter-Korean policies and Park cannot avoid the criticism.

"South Korea, the only separated country in the world, acted as a bystander on Pyongyang's nuclear issue, rather than treating it as its own issue," Kim said, adding Park did not slap proper sanctions against the North.

Kim added the South Korean government must roll out realistic diplomatic efforts against the North, adding it must drop idealism.

Rep. Choo Mi-ae, the head of the main opposition Minjoo Party of Korea, echoed the view, adding Park and Former President Lee Myung-bak's policies are responsible for the development of North Korean nukes, rather than appeasement approaches made by previous liberal administrations of Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun.

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