Korean PM says government will get to bottom of election scandal
In his first special statement to the nation on Monday, Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said President Park Geun-hye did not receive the assistance of the National Intelligence Service during last year's presidential election.
"The president did not receive any help from the National Intelligence Service and she has made it clear from the start that she will take whatever actions are necessary to uncover the truth."
Lawmakers have been wrangling over suspicions the spy agency launched an online smear campaign ahead of last year's close election to sway public opinion in favor of then-presidential candidate Park.
The prime minister also touched on the economy, which has recently shown signs of recovery.
The economy has expanded for two consecutive quarters and the number of new workers has been hovering at 400-thousand for the second straight month.
Saying that now is the time to focus on economic recovery, the prime minister called for cooperation between the government and lawmakers.
"The National Assembly and the government must work together for a swift passage of pending legislation aimed at stimulating the economy and improving the lives of the people."
Prime Minister Chung said the government will take seriously the issues raised during an ongoing parliamentary audit and come up with practical solutions to the problems.
Hwang Sung-hee, Arirang News.
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