Sunday, November 28

Lee Jae-myung “The aim for unification is already too late… North Korea must be held accountable for provocations

Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung, two days before the 11th anniversary of the Yeonpyeong Island bombardment, climbs up to the cemetery with his wife Kim Hye-kyung to pay tribute to the cemetery of the Yeonpyeong Island shelling war dead at the Daejeon National Cemetery in Yuseong-gu, Daejeon, on the 21st. yunhap news

Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung said, “It is already too late for us to pursue unification. Candidate Lee emphasized security as well, saying, “I will definitely hold the corresponding responsibility for (North Korea’s) illegal provocations against civilians.” It is interpreted to have put forward a pragmatic and flexible stance toward North Korea to differentiate it from the Moon Jae-in administration, which has been criticized by conservatives for being dragged into North Korea.

Candidate Lee said in a conversation with students from Seoul National University and regional base national universities held at the Chungnam Contents Enterprise Support Center on the 20th, “It’s just like unification. In the academic world these days, the expression ‘de facto unification’ is used, but I think it would be better (I want)” he said.

Candidate Lee’s remarks are interpreted to emphasize unification and to pursue economic benefits by maintaining a state of peace rather than creating a political conflict between the two Koreas. Candidate Lee said, “Peace itself has economic value. That alone costs a lot more.”

Candidate Lee continued, “It is clear that a sublime peace is better than a war that has been won. If there is a war, millions of people will die, everything we have accomplished will be destroyed, and only Japan will be excited. During the reconstruction, Japan was revived. It was like that in the past,” he said. The intention is that if a civil war broke out, Japan would only increase the production of military supplies and lead to economic growth, just as it did when the Korean War broke out in 1950.

Candidate Lee visited the cemetery of the Yeonpyeong Island shelling war dead at the National Cemetery in Daejeon on the 21st and announced a policy of retaliation without exception in case of North Korean provocations. Candidate Lee met with reporters after visiting the cemetery and said, “The South and the North are in a military confrontation and there are various difficult situations, but I must say that I will not tolerate North Korea’s unilateral provocation under any circumstances.” Illegal provocations will be held accountable.”

Candidate Lee said, “The soldiers who died (in the North’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island) are young flowery youths. Candidate Lee’s visit to this day was held ahead of the 11th anniversary of North Korea’s shelling of Yeonpyeong Island on the 23rd. Candidate Lee also shared on social media that day, saying, “A surprise attack on civilians living without a declaration of war is an unacceptable and unacceptable atrocities.”

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