Korea’s Opposition parties urge Yoon to accept special counsel probe into Marine’s death

Cho Kuk, left, leader of the Rebuilding Korea Party, and Park Chan-dae, floor leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, attend a press conference demanding President Yoon Suk Yeol accept a special counsel probe over a Marine's death, outside the presidential office in Seoul, May 11. Yonhap

The main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and five other opposition parties jointly called on President Yoon Suk Yeol on Saturday to accept a special counsel investigation into the military’s response to a Marine’s death last year.The six — the DPK, the Rebuilding Korea Party, the New Reform Party, the Justice Party, the Progressive Party and the New Future Party (Saemirae) — held a press conference near the presidential office to demand Yoon not veto a special counsel bill passed by the opposition-controlled National Assembly last week.”Is it asking for too much to ask for the truth on why a young Marine died while supporting flood recovery operations and whether there was external pressure during the course of the investigation?” said DPK floor leader Park Chan-dae.

“The president exercising his veto authority will not hide the truth,” he added. “If he exercises his veto authority, the people will not tolerate it.”Cpl. Chae Su-geun died during a search mission for downpour victims in July 2023.The DPK has pushed for a special counsel investigation on allegations that Yoon’s office and the defense ministry inappropriately interfered in a military investigation into his death.Yoon voiced reservations about a new probe during a press conference Thursday, saying if the ongoing investigation by the police and the Corruption Investigation Office for High-ranking Officials is insufficient, he “will be 카지노사이트킹 the first to call for a special counsel probe.”

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