Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (July 15, 2016)
1. President Park Geun-hye urged the nation ‘to stop unnecessary debates over a decision to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system.’ She also asked for ‘understanding in its decision, saying it is hard to discuss the issue openly due to its importance.’
And then she left for Mongolia, leaving behind all these controversial issues. Does this mean to shut up?
2. Han Min-koo, the South Korean defense minister, said ‘he will himself show health risks associated with electromagnetic radiation emitted by THAAD’s radar by standing right next to the radar before Seongju residents when the system is deployed. What the Seongju residents’ response was to live there.’
The minister probably cannot live there as his family is against it. This means that his family opposes the deployment of THAAD.
3. There is rising controversy over the fact that the South Korean government promoted government officials who were in charge of Sewol Ferry tragedy to higher ranking positions. The Ministry of Public Safety and Security says two years have passed since the disaster took place and some of these officials deserve to be promoted considering their performance assessment.
The ministry tells the public to forget about the tragedy since two years have passed. That is what they think.
4. The so-called the government-launched ‘alternative Korean history textbooks’ are postponed and expected to publish by the end of March in 2018. The textbook supplements are also expected to be delayed as they have to refer to writing criteria of the government-initiated textbooks.
We do not know the writing criteria, writers, or contents. Are they writing an epic novel or what?