Published : 2014-05-19 09:18
Updated : 2014-05-19 10:38
President Park Geun-hye on Monday morning apologized to the people for the government’s failed operation to save hundreds of passengers of the sunken ferry, holding herself responsible for the disaster.
The president, in her tearful speech, said she will carry out a series of sweeping reforms to improve the country’s safety standards and develop a new state emergency system in order to prevent further disasters like the Sewol. As part of her drastic reform measures, President Park said she will disband the Coast Guard for its failed rescue mission.
“As president (I am) responsible for the people’s lives and safety, and I offer a heartfelt apology for the pain the people have suffered,” Park said during her nationally televised address. “The ultimate responsibility for failing to respond properly to this accident lies with me.”
|President Park Geun-hye sheds tears as she on Monday delivers an apology for the government`s lax response to the ferry disaster. (Yonhap)|
|President Park Geun-hye bows after finishing her apologetic speech at Cheong Wa Dae on Monday. (Yonhap)|