Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (February 2, 2017)
1. Ban Ki-moon, the former UN Secretary General, declared that he would not run for next presidential race. Ban said, “I am very disappointed about some people who are obsolete, intolerant, and egoistic.” He also added that he came to conclude that it was pointless for him to walk with them on the same path.
Ban must be very upset because he was not chosen by the people who are obsolete, intolerant, and egoistic.
2. The approval rating of Moon Jae-in, the former leader of Democratic Party of Korea, skyrocketed even after the so-called ‘Public sentiment in Lunar New Year’s Day’, marking 35.2%. According to the Realmeter survey that excluded Ban Ki-moon who dropped out of the presidential race, the approval rating of Hwang Kyo-an reached 12.1% while An Hee-jung marked 11.1%, Lee Jae-myung 9.9%, and Ahn Cheol-soo 9.3% respectively.
So Hwang who thinks he is the president is likely to enter the race then. I will roll out the welcome mat.
3. President Park Geun-hye was aware of China’s retaliation against the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in last October and was considering to bring disputes to World Trade Organization (WTO). This represents that the government which denied the possibility of China’s carrying out trade retaliation was aware that they were wrong three months after the government announced THAAD deployment plan.
I smell conspiracy of Choi Soon-sil. I know I am right.