South Korean opposition: Restored aid premature

A leading South Korean presidential contender criticized the government Monday for rushing to resume aid to North Korea, saying that stern actions should be taken with the North until it totally dismantles its nuclear weapons programs. Park Geun-hye, who is seeking the nomination of the conservative Grand National Party for the December vote, said Seoul's current policy of engagement had failed because it gives North Korea no incentive to reform. "Lacking all principles, the administration's policy of giving and then giving some more has actually held back change in North Korea," she told reporters. In the wake of its first-ever explosion of a nuclear device last year, North Korea agreed in February to start dismantling its weapons programs and shut down its main atomic reactor by a Saturday deadline.