North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is "hard to trust" and "hard to predict," President Park Geun-hye told the BBC in an interview broadcast Monday.
She was referring chiefly to the North's abrupt cancellation of reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War. "It's hard to trust someone who doesn't honor their promises." However, she said, "We will keep the door to dialogue open and continue our efforts to build trust."
The interview with BBC took place on Oct. 29 ahead of Park's visit to France, the U.K. and Belgium.
But she added, "We must make sure that we do not repeat a situation where North Korea says it will engage but instead buys time to advance the sophistication of its nuclear weapons."
In another interview with French daily Le Figaro the following day, she said she was willing to meet the North Korean leader "at any time if it is necessary for development in the South-North relations or peace on the Korean Peninsula."