Democratic Party presidential candidate Lee Jae-myung said in relation to former President Park Geun-hye’s pardon, “formally, it may seem like a violation of the promise to limit the right to amnesty for corrupt offenders.”
Candidate Lee appeared on KBS this morning and said this, adding, “But you have to understand the unavoidable aspect.”
Candidate Lee premised that “the presidential pardon is a part that requires a high degree of political judgment,” and then said, “Since the situation changes and the will of the people changes, even if the situation changes, applying the principles or standards of the past as it is will lead to a bigger problem. There is confusion,” he said.
Earlier, on the day of the amnesty announcement, Candidate Lee said, “I understand President Moon Jae-in’s anguish and respect his difficult decision,” and expressed the need for a sincere apology from former President Park.
Candidate Lee said, “My basic position is that the higher the status, the greater the responsibility.”
Nevertheless, he said, “Isn’t the president made that decision by combining all of our opinions, the voices of the people, and historical responsibilities?” .
Candidate Lee also said, “I also receive a few texts such as ‘I am leaving the party, but I support Lee Jae-myung’.”
However, he said, “I wonder if the president didn’t give much consideration to his health,” he said with the intention of understanding President Moon’s decision, saying, “I am very concerned about what would have happened if the health problem had progressed to a serious situation.”
Candidate Lee said that he had never heard of a discussion about amnesty before, and said, “It is a very sensitive matter, and I was holding an opposing position, so I think the president thought that the aftermath and various elements of conflict would be shouldered alone.” also said.
In addition, when asked if he had spoken to Lee Cheol-hee, senior presidential secretary for political affairs, in advance, he replied, “I’m talking in general, but I’ve never talked about the specific pardon of former President Park.”
Regarding the impact of this amnesty on the presidential election, he said, “I’m not sure.” “The phenomenon is that there are always crisis and opportunity factors, and the ups and downs mix. I’m not sure whether to do it or not.”
(Photo = National Assembly Photo Reporters, Yonhap News)