Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (August 18, 2016)
1. Defense Minister Han Min-koo visited Seongju in Gyeongbuk Province and took a deep bow to the residents, asking to respect the South Korean government’s decision to install the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD). The minister said, ‘accepting the government’s decision would be difficult but installing the THAAD battery was inevitable to defend nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.’
Deploying the THAAD system must be inevitable as government officials had the Cheong Wa Dae luncheon with luxurious dishes of truffles, caviar, and shark’s fin. It is not the last supper, you know.
2. The Sewol Special Committee will uncover new evidence based on the transcript of the Coast Guard’s trunked radio system (TRS) during the hearing early next month. The committee plans to reveal the unknown truth based the TRS transcript analysis during the third round of hearing.
That is why the government does not provide room for a hearing. I know what they think.
3. President Park Geun-hye’s emphasis on ‘national unity’ before inauguration is realized unexpectedly through this reshuffle. Korea’s mass media including Chosun, Joongang, Donga, Hangyeoreh, and Kyunghyang strongly criticized on the reshuffle in unison on the 17th, the next day after the Cheong Wa Dae’s announcement.
Well, it is something that you cannot laugh at. The president achieved mass media unity.