"Support for North Korea and diverse inter-Korean exchange programs will be expanded as long as the North cooperates with peace efforts on the Korean Peninsula by refraining from provocations and joining the international community," said a high-ranking official at Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. He requested anonymity.
Citing the approval of a shipment of tuberculosis medicine by a private South Korean charity group to the North, the first aid package under the Park government, the official stressed the differences in how Park will deal with the communist North compared to former President Lee Myung-bak.
"Park's key principle is that any political incidents will not wholly suspend humanitarian aid and inter-Korean exchange programs," he said, "It's certain that Park's policy toward Pyongyang will be different from that of Lee."
Seeking peace and stabilization of the Korean Peninsula, the Park administration that took office late last month has embraced a "trustpolitik" doctrine to normalize inter-Korean relations that have been rocked by uncertainties in the past.
"The key to more support and exchanges is how transparent the North Korean regime is," said the senior official, calling for patience and cooperation between the two sides.