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Park vows to punish those responsible in ferry disaster, irrespective of ranks
APRIL 22, 2014 01:16  
President Park Geun-hye said on Monday, 밒 will force out without fail civil servants who are only wary of their job security and seek to keep their posts, adding, 밄y thoroughly identifying (the causes of the Sewol뭩 sinking) in various phases, the government will sternly hold those responsible for negligence, irregularities and bad practices.

While presiding over senior presidential secretaries meeting on the day, Park said, 밒f all people distrust civil servants, there is no reason for the civil servant to remain in the post. She went on to say, 밣eople who provided cause for the accident by disregarding manuals and people who violated their own obligations or overlooked illegal acts in the process of the ship뭩 sinking, should be held accountable under civil and criminal codes, irrespective of their rankings.

On the captain and some crewmembers who escaped by abandoning passengers trapped in the ill-fated ferry, Park made condemnation, saying, 밫heir acts are absolutely unacceptable and can never be forgivable, and are akin to murder.

The president also criticized that 밫he government뭩 crisis response system and early response should be reflected upon as well. She said, 밅urrently, there is the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters, but in order to ensure cooperation and coordinated response between officials at the disaster site and the government ministries, we need a more powerful control tower to cope with disasters, instructing her administration to 밻xamine related measures at the earliest date possible.

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