Round-up: Today’s top stories in the morning papers in Korea (February 17, 2017)
1. The Constitutional Court has set the last hearing for February 24. Interim Chief Justice Lee Jung-mi says during the 14th hearing that the court set a date for the final hearing on examining witnesses.
The impeachment clock ticks no matter what. Let’s get it over with.
2. Former presidential secretary, Jung Ho-sung’s statement, was open to the public which South Korean President Park Geun-hye advised him to listen to the opinion of Choi Soon-sil regarding revision of presidential speech. Jung stated that he sent emails to Choi almost every day and talked to her on the phone every day. He also added that Choi and Park exchanged documents several times day.
Housewife Choi Soon-sil had an extremely busy life. She should be rewarded.
3. Whenever national emergencies including Sewol Ferry disaster and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) occur in Korea, the Park Guen-hye administration has fostered social conflicts rather than resolving the situation. Pundits say that the voices of victims were completely ignored which can be found from the example of forcing Korea-Japan agreement on comfort women.
Fools rush in when angels fear to tread. The Park government may not survive without North Korea. They are the true pro-North Korea forces.