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Main opposition alliance urges inter-Korean summit Updated: 2014-06-13 06:41:25 KST

Main opposition alliance urges inter-Korean summit
Addressing a full National Assembly on Thursday, Park Young-sun, floor leader of the main opposition New Politics Alliance for Democracy, called for an inter-Korean summit as soon as possible.

"The National Assembly should create a special committee that will focus on preparing an environment for peaceful reunification on the Korean Peninsula."

Park also called for reviving past agreements with North Korea, such as the September 19th Joint Statement of 2005, which calls on Pyongyang to give up its nuclear programs in exchange for economic and political concessions.
The floor leader also pushed, once again, for a thorough investigation into April's ferry disaster.

"An investigation without boundaries is the order from the people. The very first task for the National Assembly in the second-half of the year is to conduct a thorough probe into the Sewol-ho ferry tragedy."

Park made a case for comprehensive reforms in the government and parliament, saying failures in the government system were one of the causes of the accident.
She also sounded the alarm about the nation's aging nuclear power plants.

"A nuclear power plant disaster is like an atomic bomb. The nuclear industry has been tarnished with corruption scandals, which sets the stage for a major accident like the ferry disaster."

The main opposition floor leader called for anti-corruption bills targeting high-ranking government officials to be swiftly passed at the National Assembly.
She said that Korea's bureaucrats have long enjoyed landing jobs after retirement at companies and public institutions which has contributed to the lax management of safety regulations.

"Park also pledged that the main opposition alliance would make Korea a better place to live by reducing youth unemployment, household debt and the growing social income gaps.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."
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