Her father was a staunch anti-communist, but Park has shown a willingness to work with North Korea. She met privately with former leader Kim Jong Il during a visit to Pyongyang in 2002 and has vowed to ease Lee’s hard-line policy to Pyongyang.
That might be difficult, however, with a belligerent Pyongyang fresh off the surprising success of a rocket launch that the South, the United States and others say was a cover for testing long-range missile technology. North Korea’s state media has repeatedly said that her presidential ambitions are an attempt to bring back her father’s dictatorship.
Associated Press writers Sam Kim and Youkyung Lee contributed to this report. Follow Klug on Twitter: (at)APklug.