Pres. Park to meet ruling and opposition leaders on Monday
The main opposition Democratic Party has a very clear idea about what should be the main agenda during Monday's talks.
DP leader Kim Han-gil emphasized on Sunday, that the nation's spy agency's alleged meddling in last year's presidential election should be front and center of talks with President Park and the ruling Saenuri Party.
The opposition party has been staging a street protest campaign for more than a month and a half, demanding direct talks with the president over the issue.
Kim also stressed the presidential office should clear up doubts over Prosecutor General Chae Dong-wook's sudden resignation last Friday.
The opposition party accuses the Blue House of pulling strings to take him down, as it was not happy with Chae's handling of recent political issues.
"The Democratic Party will never turn a blind eye to the authorities' attempts to tame the nation's prosecutors. I will reveal the truth and let those in charge take responsibility."
In response, the presidential office, which has yet to accept the resignation, and the Saenuri Party said there's no pre-determined agenda for the talks, so the issue could be discussed over at the three-way talks.
However, they made clear they'd like to focus on issues related to the livelihoods of citizens, rather than political issues.
The ruling party also brushed aside claims the presidential office played a part in Prosecutor General Chae's decision to step down.
"The Prosecutor General's resignation was spurred by a personal issue. It's not appropriate to turn the issue into a political talking point."
The offer for the three-way talks was made by President Park last Thursday to address the deadlock in parliament that stemmed from the National Intelligence Service's alleged attempt to swing public opinion in favor of the ruling party in the run-up to the presidential election in December.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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