Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (November 15, 2016)
1. A report says that President Park Geun-hye’s expression ‘unification hit the jackpot’ was Choi Soon-sil’s idea. Cheong Wa Dae argued that the word is first mentioned during the National Unification Advisory Council executive meeting on the 20th of June in 2013, which was irrelevant to Choi.
They do not consider the matter again. Not even once?
2. While prosecutors launched an investigation on Choi Soon-sil, there is growing interest on the possibility of seizing property accumulated by Choi. The legal circle said it is possible to confisticate illegal assets accumulated by Choi, but it may be difficult to seize property and other assets which Choi family has accumulated for a long time according to the existing law.
Let us enact a special law just like the Special law to redeem pro-Japanese collaborators’ property. It is called the Special law to redeem Park Geun-hye gate illegal assets.
3. Prime Minister nominee Kim Byung-joon said that the government either have to impeach the president or provide alternatives. Kim added that the authority should urgently appoint prime minister first and urge the president to face impeachment or step down.
Kim wants to become prime minister first and then acting president after impeachment or resignation.
4. South Korea’s civic group established the day as a ‘Day for banning water cannon’ when Baek Nam-ki was knocked out by police water cannon during a mass protest. The Baek Nam-ki Struggle Headquarters and civic and social groups gathered on the 14th at the memory wall commemorating Baek Nam-ki in Bosingak Park, proclaiming, “One year after water cannon attack and day for banning water cannon.”
Let us ban water cannon as tear gas has disappeared after establishing a day for banning tear gas.