President Park Geun-hye was briefed by foreign, defense and unification ministers abouttheir respective policy directions in 2016, which focused on resolving Pyongyang's nuclearissue through stronger sanctions and pressure rather than dialogue and consultations.
It was a sharp turn from last year's policy reports to Park, which were centered on endingthe era of the divided Korean Peninsula and preparing for a new era of a reunified Korea.
The turn into a tougher stance came as the DPRK claimed on Jan. 6 that it had tested itsfirst hydrogen bomb. It marked the fourth nuclear test in the DPRK and the second sincetop DPRK leader Kim Jong Untook power in 2011.
The South Korean foreign ministry submitted its plan to Park that will place its top priorityon resolving the DPRK's nuclear issue by diplomatically pressuring Pyongyang to give upits nuclear weapons program.
Seoul will pursue the strongest ever resolution at the UN Security Council, while increasingthe trilateral dialogue channels with Washington, Beijing and Tokyo. The country will alsocall on China and Russiato play constructive roles in resolving the nuclear issue on theKorean Peninsula.