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Park Geun-Hye became South Korea's first female president Monday, with Thailand's woman prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra given an honoured position at the inauguration ceremony. (Includes video of Psy's performance in which the Thai PM is clearly visible.) 

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Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra was singled out for a special greeting by brand new president Park Geun-hye at the inauguration ceremony on Monday, and then had the best "seat" in the house for a Gangnam Style show.


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New South Korea president warns the North

AFP and Bangkok Post 

SEOUL – Park Geun-Hye became South Korea's first female president Monday, vowing zero tolerance with North Korean provocation and demanding Pyongyang "abandon its nuclear ambitions" immediately.

As leader of Asia's fourth-largest economy, Ms Park, the 61-year-old daughter of late military strongman Park Chung-Hee, faces challenges of slowing growth and soaring welfare costs in one of the world's most rapidly ageing societies.

Taking the oath of office less than two weeks after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test, Ms Park Geun-Hye called on the regime in Pyongyang to "abandon its nuclear ambitions without delay" and rejoin the international community.

"North Korea's recent nuclear test is a challenge to the survival and future of the Korean people, and there should be no mistake that the biggest victim will be none other than North Korea itself," she said.

"I will not tolerate any action that threatens the lives of our people and the security of our nation," Ms Park said, while promising to pursue the trust-building policy with Pyongyang that she had promised in her campaign.

"I will move forward step by step on the basis of credible deterrence," she added.

Media reports from Seoul said that Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra congratulated the new president with a wish she would be a successful woman leader.

Ms Yingluck and Ms Park shook hands for the cameras recording official inauguration events in Seoul on Monday.

The two then moved into a private room for talks. South Korean sources said Ms Park may have raised the hope that South Korean firms would get contracts in the post-flood water-management schemes.

Ms Yingluck, spokesmen said, pressed the idea of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between Thailand and South Korea, as well as expanding bilateral trade to US$30 billion by 2016, a goal already set last year.

Ms Yingluck left Seoul Monday night for Hong Kong, and another two-day official visit.

The video begins with Psy speaking in Korean for about one minute. PM Yingluck enters the picture at about the 1:40 mark and you will see her often for the rest of the four-and-a-half minute clip sitting/standing just behind the singer.


single out – to choose one person, organisation, etc. from a group for special attention เลือกเฉพาะ, เลือกจากกลุ่ม
brand new – extremely new ใหม่ล่าสุด
inauguration – an official ceremony to celebrate that someone is starting an important new job พิธีสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
vow – to make a formal and serious promise to do something สาบาน, ปฏิญาณ
tolerance – the willingness to accept somebody/something, especially opinions or behaviour that you may not agree with, or people who are not like you การยอมรับความคิดเห็นของผู้อื่น, ความอดกลั้น
zero tolerance – no tolerance
provocation – something that causes an angry or violent reaction or which is intended to so การยั่วยุ
abandon – to stop doing an activity before you have finished it เลิก
ambition – the desire or determination to be successful, rich, powerful, etc; something that you want to do or achieve very much ความทะเยอทะยาน, ความปรารถนาอันแรงกล้า
immediately – happening right after something else with no delay; right away ทันที
challenge – something that needs a lot of skill, energy, and determination to deal with or achieve สิ่งที่ท้าทาย, การท้าทาย
soaring – rising very quickly to a high level พุ่งพรวดขึ้น
welfare – help given, especially by the state or an organization, to people who need it; good care and living conditions สวัสดิภาพ
rapid – happening quickly อย่างรวดเร็ว
ageing – growing old สูงวัยขึ้น
oath of office – a formal promise to carry out the duties of an important job คำสาบานตนเข้ารับตำแหน่ง
regime – a government that controls a country, especially in a strict or unfair way รัฐบาลที่ขึ้นมาปกครองโดยการยึดอำนาจ
survival – the fact or state of continuing to live or exist, especially in difficult conditions การอยู่รอด
victim – someone who has been affected by a bad situation, such as a disaster, illness or an accident เหยื่อผู้เคราะห์ร้าย
threaten – to put at risk; to put in danger ทำให้ตกอยู่ในความเสี่ยง
security of a nation
– the protection or the safety of a country’s secrets and its citizens การรักษาความมั่นคงแห่ง่ชาติ
pursue – to try to achieve something ดำเนินตาม, พยายามเพื่อให้ได้มาซึ่ง
trust – a feeling of confidence in someone that shows you believe they are honest, fair, and reliable  ความเชื่อใจ, ความไว้วางใจ
policy – a set of plans or action agreed on by a government, political party, business, or other group นโยบาย
campaign – a planned series of activities designed to persuade voters to vote for a particular candidate or political party การรณรงค์หาสียง
credible – able to be believed or trusted น่าเชื่อถือ
deterrence – a thing that makes somebody less likely to do something (= that deters them)  การยับยั้ง,การกีดขวาง
congratulate – to praise someone about their success, good luck or happiness on a special occasion แสดงความยินดี
source – a place where information comes from; someone who gives information แหล่งข่าว
scheme – a plan that is developed by a government or large organisation in order to provide a particular service for people  แผนการ โครงการ
comprehensive – complete and including everything that is necessary ที่ครอบคลุม
bilateral – involving two groups or countries สองข้าง, เกี่ยวกับกลุ่มทางการเมืองสองกลุ่ม

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