Rival Parties Step Up Attacks On NLL, Jeongsu Foundation Issues
The ruling Saenuri Party has called on the main opposition Democratic United Party to agree on launching a special parliamentary inquiry to find out IF late President Roh Moo-hyun did in fact offer to nullify the Northern Limit Line.
There have been claims that late President Roh, for whom the DUP's presidential candidate Moon Jae-in served as chief of staff, disavowed the N-L-L during an inter-Korean summit in 2007.
The DUP has refused an inquiry, saying the accusations are false and politically motivated.
[Interview : Lee Hahn-koo, Floor Leader
Saenuri Party] "The opposition party keeps rejecting our request to run a parliamentary inquiry over the NLL matter and won't allow us access to the files from that time. I think the DUP's presidential candidate Moon Jae-in should explain why the party's rejecting all our offers if there's nothing to hide."
The opposition party, on the other hand, stepped up its attacks on the ruling party, over the controversial Jeongsu Scholarship Foundation, which the ruling party's presidential candidate Park Geun-hye chaired for seven years until 2005.
The DUP claims the foundation was "stolen" from its original founder Kim Ji-tae by Park's father, late President Park Chung-hee, and therefore, the foundation itself must be returned to Kim's family, or to society.
But Park Geun-hye said during a press conference on Sunday that, Kim actually donated his foundation, and that it wasn't pried away from him.
A local court ruled this year that, Park Chung-hee's military government threatened Kim to give up his foundation against his will.
Park later corrected her statement saying that her words were misinterpreted.
[Interview : Chung Sye-kyun, Lawmaker
Democratic United Party] "Park has been criticized for her comments regarding her father's 1961 military coup, the deaths of political prisoners during her father's rule, and now the Jeongsu Foundation. She clearly lacks the qualities to represent Korea."
And in regards to the ruling party's accusations that Kim involved himself with Japanese colonial authorities at the time, the opposition party fired back saying that, Park's father was the one who went to the Imperial Japanese Army Academy to protect the Japanese regime.
Lee Ji-yoon, Arirang News.
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