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Leaders of coalition party hold first press conference

Updated March. 10, 2014 08:11

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The first press conference jointly held by Democratic Party Chairman Rep. Kim Han-gil and Ahn Cheol-soo, the chairman of the New Politics Promotion Committee, on Sunday at the National Assembly was distracted from the beginning.

The placard prepared by the main opposition Democratic Party that says “spy fabrication by the National Intelligence Service” became a problem. The phrase was immediately revised to “evidence fabrication by the National Intelligence Service.” Because of the commotion, however, the entrance of Kim and Ahn had to be made later than scheduled.

The audience started being stirred up as the conference was delayed for over 10 minutes. Meanwhile, a staff member’s replacing the word “spy” to “evidence” on the placard was broadcast live.

Democratic Party Rep. Byun Jae-ill said, “The revision of the placard represents that (the party) does not deny the possibility that Yoo Woo-sung is a spy,” adding, “(the revision) was made not to provide any unnecessary reason for an attack by the Saenuri Party.” It is said that the revision was requested by the New Politics Promotion Committee. This sends a signal that the coalition, which can be described as “chemical fusion,” will not be easily achieved.

In the press conference, Kim and Ahn urged the medical community to refrain from shutting doors and refusing treating patients, saying, “Neither causes nor justifiable demands can precede the health and life of patients. They proposed the establishment of “a consultative body for the reinforcement of the public nature of medical services and improvement of medical system” that includes both the ruling and opposition parties and the government, in order to solve the issue.

With regard to the spy scandal involving a public servant of the Seoul city government, the two leaders urged the adoption of special prosecution once more.

“The intelligence agency’s evidence fabrication has damaged the fundamental basis for people’s confidence in judicial order, and resulted in considerable instability in foreign relations as well as national security,” said Kim and Ahn. “It is hard to understand why the president is taking such an irresponsible attitude in a situation where the (Korea’s) prosecutors’ office is being criticized by a foreign government for submitting fabricated documents as evident.” They urged the president to “take a decisive action now to prevent the reoccurrence of such an event.”