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Suu Kyi criticizes N. Korea for failing to promote democratic values

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Nobel peace laureate and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday criticized North Korea for failing to promote democracy and democratic institutions.

"I am somebody who believes in democratic values and democratic institutions, and somebody who does not believe in violence, but my views are probably not exactly shared by the leaders of North Korea," Suu Kyi said at a press conference in Ulan Bator when asked about her opinion on North Korea.

"So obviously, one tends to think that if we believe in democracy, that democratic values are best, but that is not what authoritarian regimes believe," she said in an apparent reference to North Korea's government led by Kim Jong Un.

Suu Kyi said democratic countries should not force people in countries such as North Korea to follow the path to democracy, but should "make them see why that path might be best for their countries as well."

The 1991 Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy icon reaffirmed her eagerness to become Myanmar's president, saying, "Asked whether or not I would like to be president in 2015, I think I'd better say yes."

Some analysts say Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, which has led the country's efforts for democratic reform, could take power in parliamentary elections slated for 2015, increasing the chance for Suu Kyi to lead a government in the future.

"I think it is only natural that any political party that is seriously engaged in politics should want its leader to become the head of government," she said. "So certainly, I would like to become the head of the government, head of the state, both, at the same time."

When asked to assess the human rights situation of Tibetans living under Chinese rule, Suu Kyi said in a public event earlier Tuesday that it is "very difficult" to interfere with China's internal affairs, while at the same time maintaining commitment to human rights.

Suu Kyi said she is personally devoted to Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism, "But at the same time, I'm aware of my responsibility as a politician and the responsibility to maintain good relations with all our neighbors, including China."

Suu Kyi attended the event with Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj at the State Palace.

She is on a six-day visit in Mongolia through Friday.

==Kyodo

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