South Korea has deported a Korean-born American for praising North Korea, President Park Geun-hye said on Monday adding that an anti-Korean law was necessary in South as the two countries are technically at war.
The news came as Park also said that South was willing to have a political dialogue for resolve the differences between the two siblings.
The South Korea-born American, recognised as Shin Eun-mi, is understood to have spoken well about the reclusive nation, in contrast with the popular beliefs. Shin, who came to South as a tourist last year, held public speeches in favour of the Kim Jong-un's regime and also wrote online articles supporting North Korea.
She also blamed the South Korean media for propaganda and alleged them of being responsible for the bitterness between the two countries, Reuters noted.
When asked about the National Security Law which dictates the anti-North statute that the woman is accused of violating, Parks said:
"Not all countries face exactly the same circumstances. We need the very minimum of law to ensure security in this country as we remain in a standoff with the North, and the law is enforced according to that."
This came after a Justice Ministry official announced earlier that Shin had been deported for violating both the National Security law and the immigration control law.
"She was taken to the (airport) and was expelled, and is barred from re-entry for the next five years," the official said requesting to be anonymous, Reuters reported.
Meanwhile, President Park said in the same conference that she was prepared to hold talks with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.
In the national televised press meet, she said that she would "meet with anyone if necessary to open the path of a peaceful unification".
In his New Year's Day address, Kim had that said that "depending on the mood and circumstance", there would be "no reason" not to hold a high-level meet with his southern counterpart.