My heart is heavy when I realize even with those apologies I won‘t be able to soothe all the disappointments and anger that I‘ve caused. Looking back, I’ve been so grateful for the past 18 precious years of my political career.
From when I first entered politics in 1998 until today as president, I have tried my best to work for the people and the country. I never pursued private interests or bore a single selfish motive. All those projects and incidents that are mentioned now were initiated for public interest, while I had no personal advantage from pursuing such projects.
But it is my fault that I did not take enough caution with the people around me. I will explain in detail about the incidents in the near future. I have spent every sleepless night thinking about what I should do for the sake of the country and people at this moment.
|Citizens at Seoul Station watch as President Park Geun-hye announces her willingness to give up her post in a TV broadcast, Tuesday. (Yonhap)|
I have let everything go now. My only wish is for the country to get back to its original course.
Once again, I would like to apologize to all the people. I am sincerely hoping political parties reach a wise decision for a hopeful future of South Korea.