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In the National Assembly, the second hearing was held today for the government’s investigation into the October 29 disaster.
Public Administration and Security Minister Lee Sang-min, who appeared as a witness, said “I will do my best in the position given to me” despite repeated calls from the opposition to resign, and the ruling party supported the Minister Lee, saying it was a political insult from the opposition.
Reporter Yoo Chung-hwan reports.
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Minister of Public Administration and Security Lee Sang-min attended the hearing.
When asked if he had any intention of resigning, he dismissed it as not.
“The responsibility for the investigation and the disaster has been focused on the people who did rescue work on the spot and on the people below. Is there no room for resignation?”
“In any case, I will replace it with the words that I will do my best in the position I am currently given.”
As the disaster manager, he acknowledged his responsibility, but did not say how he would take responsibility.
“As Minister, answer me. Has the state been responsible for the safety of its people?”
“I admit my faults.”
“How will you fulfill your responsibility? How will you fulfill your responsibility before the people?”
“I told you there are many ways to fulfill your responsibilities.”
The word ‘accident’, not disaster, appeared again.
“On behalf of the government to the bereaved families who lost loved ones in the Itaewon ‘accident’ that happened on October 29…”
“The Itaewon accident, while talking about it, there were parts that were still worried that there was an intention to reduce the meaning of this event.”
The ruling party defended the pressure to resign as a political insult.
“They threaten you with lies. They force you too much to resign, and for whom and for what purpose are you holding the hearing?”
The grieving family became resentful in the ongoing struggle.
“My child died walking… he died on the way home…”
There were protests against the minister.
“Minister Lee Sang-min. Why, why did he never come to our children… Who ordered him?”
The debate regarding the last statement of Minister Lee Sang-min, who said that there was no list of bereaved families, was also repeated.
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“The Seoul Metropolitan Government did not hand over the list. If you check with the Seoul Metropolitan Government, you will know.”
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“What the secretaries remember is that it is difficult to secure a list because of privacy protections.
In response to criticism from the opposition for blatant perjury, Minister Lee explained that he was not aware of the situation.
This is Yoo Chung-hwan from MBC News.
Video commentary: Seo Doo-beom / Video editing: Jang Dong-jun
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