Leader Lee Jae-myung on the chopping block for “Cheonan narrative controversy”

The Cheonan controversy has flared up again. Until now, the Cheonan controversy has mostly been a sharp confrontation between liberals and conservatives and the ruling and opposition parties, but this time is different. Former Democratic Party of Korea Innovation Chairman Lee Hae-kyung’s remarks about the Cheonan self-destructing have shaken the leadership of Democratic Party of Korea leader Lee Jae-myung. The aftershocks are continuing in political circles amid assessments that it has fueled Lee’s theory of responsibility, which has been shaken by various judicial risks메이저놀이터.

Lee Jae-myung, leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, attends the ‘Democratic Party of Korea-Liang Daewoo Trade Union Youth Policy Meeting’ at the party’s office in the National Assembly on Aug. 8. Yonhap
Lee Jae-myung’s leadership under fire over “Cheonan self-destruction” controversy

Four days after former Democratic Party of Korea Innovation Chairman Lee Hae-kyung resigned amid controversy over his past remarks, aftershocks are continuing in political circles over Lee Jae-myung’s leadership.

On the 5th, Lee was appointed as the head of the party’s innovation committee, but controversy erupted when Lee’s past remarks such as “Cheonan self-destructed” and “Corona came from the U.S.” became known. Eventually, Lee resigned after nine hours.

Since then, there have been calls for Lee to step down for failing to take responsibility for the verification, mainly from lawmakers such as Lee Sang-min. “What happened in the party is the sole responsibility of the party leader,” Lee said in a statement, but when asked by reporters how to overcome the crisis, he remained tight-lipped about expressing regret or apologizing, saying, “The way to solve the problem is to find better talents and listen to many people’s opinions to make better innovations.”

Democratic Party lawmaker Jung Sung-ho, who is considered a pro-Myung-kye leader, said, “It is necessary for Lee to express an appropriate level of regret,” but drew a line in the sand, saying, “Lee’s resignation puts the party in crisis.”

Kwon Chil-seung, chief spokesman for the Democratic Party of Korea, bows his head as he expresses his regret to the soldiers and bereaved families of the Cheonan during a briefing at the National Assembly’s communication center in Yeouido, Seoul, South Korea, on July 7. Yonhap1
In the process, the controversial remarks of Kwon Chil-seung, the chief spokesman of the Democratic Party of Korea, also became an issue. Kwon, who had made controversial remarks about former Cheonan captain Choi Won-il, who had called for Lee’s dismissal, saying that he was “ridiculous for killing all his men,” met with Choi in person the previous day to apologize. Despite Kwon’s apology, which he said was “inappropriate,” the National Assembly has submitted a proposal to discipline him to the National Assembly’s special committee on ethics.

“He continued his absurd conspiracy theories even after Lee resigned as chairman of the innovation committee,” said Yoon Jae-ok, a member of the National Assembly, adding, “It’s surprising that the Democratic Party tried to recruit him as chairman of the innovation committee.”

The Democratic Party’s Cheonan narrative that comes up every now and then

This isn’t the first time the Democratic Party has come under fire for its Cheonan story. In March of last year, former Democratic Party of Korea spokesperson Lee Kyung-woo sparked controversy when he said during a televised debate with Jang Ye-chan, a top member of the People’s Power Youth, “It’s quite a dangerous statement to say that (the Cheonan sinking) was North Korea’s fault and not ours.” In June 2021, Cho Sang-ho, vice chairman of the Democratic Party of Korea’s Legal Affairs Committee (and former full-time deputy spokesman), said in a broadcast that “(Captain Choi Won-il) was promoted with the same subordinates as when he was born.” Cho met with Choi in person to apologize.

In 2020, during the Moon Jae-in administration, controversy erupted when Park Sun-won, the head of the National Intelligence Service’s planning and coordination office, who hails from the 386th generation of the movement, was quoted as saying, “The Lee Myung-bak government has already concluded that it was a torpedo attack and is looking for evidence to support it,” during the 2010 attack on the Cheonan.

Former President Moon Jae-in’s official stance on the attack was that North Korea was responsible, but his treatment of the families and survivors of the Cheonan was different.

Former South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook pay their respects at the memorial to the 46 soldiers of the Cheonan after the 6th West Sea Defense Day ceremony at the Cheonjabongham and Nojeongbongham of the Navy’s 2nd Fleet Command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, March 26, 2021. Yonhap News Agency
In 2018, 2019 and 2022, Moon missed the Seawater Defense Day ceremony, which commemorates the bombing of the Cheonan, the Yeonpyeong naval battle and the shelling of Yeonpyeong Island. However, he did attend in 2020 and 2021, when the general election and Seoul and Busan mayoral by-elections were held, respectively. On March 27, 2020, during a wreath-laying ceremony at the Seohae Defense Day commemoration at the National Military Cemetery of Daejeon, Yoon Cheong-ja, the mother of the late Sergeant Min Pyong-ki, asked him to “tell us if this (the Cheonan bombing) was North Korea’s doing or whose doing,” to which he replied, “The government’s official position hasn’t changed.”

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President Yoon has frequently worn clothing and hats with the Cheonan logo, showing his interest in the incident. When he visited Cheong Wa Dae on April 1, the day of the eighth national and local elections, he chose to wear a black T-shirt with the Cheonan logo and a baseball cap. While still in office, he met with the families of the Cheonan, reiterated that the incident was caused by a North Korean attack, and criticized the Moon administration, saying, “I don’t understand the attitude of this government.”

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