President Park Geun-hye sat down with leading
figures of major political parties of the nation this afternoon.
Meeting for the first time since her ruling Saenuri Party lost parliamentary majority
in the last general election, all eyes and ears are on what the president and floor leaders
have discussed… and agreed. For more, we go to our presidential office
correspondent Song Ji-sun for more. Ji-sun, what do we have from that meeting
so far? Daniel.
President Park, floor leaders and chief policymakers of the three main political parties spoke
for about an hour and a half this afternoon. The meeting which kicked off in a friendly
mood, resulted with some quite notable agreements. First off… the president and leaders of
the three parties will meet on a quarterly basis… to communicate regularly and coordinate
policies. Meanwhile, the finance minister will soon
meet with chief policymakers of the three parties… to check up on livelihoods of the
public and devise measures to revitalize the economy.
Regarding North Korea policies, the president stressed the need to resolve Pyongyang’s nuclear
issue… and vowed to share more information on the nation’s security conditions with the
parliament. The ruling Saenuri Party suggested that the
administration creates a new position of State Minister for political affairs… TO which
Park responded the top office will review the proposal after revising related laws.
The president also showed support in requests from opposition parties… like revising the
special act on the Sewol-ho sinking case investigation, a disaster that claimed the lives of over
300 people, mostly high school students, in 2014.
Through today’s meeting,… President Park vowed to expand communication with lawmakers,
since cooperation from opposition parties is key to carrying out her policy initiative,
especially with a three-way parliament that no longer has a majority.
I’ll bring you more updates in our later newscast. Back to you.