|President Park Geun-hye|
President Park Geun-hye on Monday reasserted the need to transfer broadcasting policies to a new science ministry in what appeared to be a move to pressure the opposition party into accepting the proposal and the broader government restructuring bill it comes under.
She also refuted the main opposition Democratic United Party's claim that the move is an attempt to control the broadcasting sector, saying she has no intentions to do so and the law would not permit it.
"There is no other purpose than to strengthen the country's competitiveness by creating a new growth engine and improving the people's lives by creating many good jobs," Park said in a news conference at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.
The transfer of broadcasting policies has been a key source of dispute between the ruling and opposition parties, which has prevented Park's government restructuring bill from passing the National Assembly. This has left the new government in limbo although a week has passed since Park was sworn in.
Park apologized to the nation for the deadlock in state affairs.
"I stand before you with a heavy and apologetic heart," Park said. "One week into the new administration, the government reorganization bill has still been unable to pass the National Assembly and caused serious delays to state affairs. This is unprecedented since the country's founding."
The future creation and science ministry was one of Park's core campaign pledges, which she said was aimed at building a creative economy powered by scientific and technological innovations.
"As the president of the Republic of Korea, I desperately feel that this is something I cannot step back from in order to (improve) the country's future," Park added.
Her address came shortly after the abrupt resignation of science minister nominee Kim Jeong-hoon, who said he was stepping down due to frustration over the prolonged parliamentary impasse.
"It is truly sad that (Kim) offered to resign after feeling discouraged by the reality of our politics," Park said. (Yonhap News)