Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 1, 2016)
1. Despite repeated suspicions surrounding Woo Byung-woo, senior secretary for civil affairs, President Park Geun-hye confirmed her confidence in Woo. South Korea’s opposition parties, Minjoo and People’s Party, work together to dismiss Woo and to push ahead with prosecutorial reform.
The reason for President Park lays her trust in the so-called ‘prickly city man’ Woo? It is lucky for her to find a man like him.
2. Seongju residents in Gyeongbuk Province who are devasted by the THAAD deployment, mess up the melon (or chamoe in Korean) field, the bread and butter for the local economy, and urge to withdraw the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. The farmers let out their pent-up anger because of the recent growing agricultural imports and falling price of melon by 30% due to THAAD deployment.
Politicians eat chamoe in front of the THAAD, and all Koreans buy 10,000 won chamoe for Seongju residents? What they need the public ‘chamhoe’ (or repentance), not chamoe (or melon).