Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (January 17, 2017)
1. Choi Soon-sil appeared for the impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye as a witness and denied all the charges with a sharp retort against the power abuse scandal and intervention of various rights and interests. While Choi argued that she did not receive a penny from Korean conglomerates, she does not know former presidential secretary Kim Ki-chun and President is not involved in this case.
What happened to the word that Choi said, “I have committed a grave sin?” Influence-peddling is not some joke.
2. South Korean special prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Samsung’s vice chairman Lee Jae-yong, saying that President Park and Choi Soon-sil shared benefits. Judging from a variety of circumstances, prosecutors say that Park and Choi are like an economic community.
So Park and Choi are like needle and thread? They probably want to sew each other’s mouth shut.
3. The former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon offered words of encouragement to President Park, saying that she can hopefully handle the situation well. Ban also added words of comfort, saying, “I should deliver the message in person but it is regrettable that the situation does not work out as I hoped it would be.”
Why does Ban say “handle the situation well” when he mentioned about “Miracle of Gwanghwmun Square (candlelight vigil)?” Is Ban against the impeachment of President Park?