SEOUL: South Korea’s main opposition party leader called for the dismissal of the country’s prime minister for mishandling a planned military agreement with Japan.
Lee Hae Chan, head of Democratic United Party, said Prime Minister Kim Hwang Sik should be held responsible for pursuing the pact without parliamentary oversight, according to an e- mailed transcript of Lee’s comments from the party’s public relations office. Lee made the remarks at a meeting today with President Lee Myung Bak’s Chief of Staff Ha Geum Yeol, it said.
South Korea’s foreign ministry postponed the military accord, aimed at boosting intelligence sharing between the two countries, hours before it was to be signed Friday amid domestic opposition over the deal with the country’s former colonial occupier.
If the president doesn’t fire Kim, the parliament will seek a no-confidence motion to dismiss him, the transcript cited Lee as saying today. The foreign and defense ministers should also be held accountable, he said, without elaborating. (Bloomberg/aph)