President Criticizes North Korea Sympathizers at Memorial Event

President Myung-bak Lee gave a speech at the Memorial Day event on the 5th of June.
After the havoc caused by Lim Su-kyung [covered by koreaBANG here], the President directed strong criticism against the pro-North force [or jongpuks], implying that they are denying South Korea and they are practising patriotism only with their tongues. This was part of the speech (5 June) given at an event commemorating Korean War veterans and victims (Memorial Day, 6 June)  The political embroilment that has taken over Korea has reached  heights on the Internet, now trending and becoming on of the most talked about topics on the internet, the following article attracting close to 10,000 comments alone on Korean portal site Daum.

From Newsis:

President Lee says ‘it is miserable there are people who deny the Republic of Korea’

‘Anyone can be patriotic from their teeth forward’ – strong criticism of the jongpuk force

President Lee Myung-bak launched another attack of criticism against the ‘jongpuk force’ in the Korean society on the 5th of June, saying ‘it is miserable to see people who think negatively inside while the rest of the world is recognising [South Korea].’

On this day, President Lee had a luncheon with people of national merit and their families who were invited in remembrance of the month of patriots and veterans. He emphasised that ‘we come to think of those present here, more as the relationship between South and North Koreas stiffens and the society becomes confused.’

‘What length (we) went to save our nation; how we protected the Republic of Korea from a divided country, until it achieved the present state,’ he added, expressing regret about the confusion of identity in some parts of the country.

President Lee emphasised that ‘North Korean people are still suffering from starvation, whereas our GDP is over $20,000 and population over 50 million,’ and that ‘I think you should feel proud [of your country].’

His words seem to exhibit a strong dissatisfaction about the behaviour of some politicians in the opposition party, including that of Lim Su-kyung of the Democratic Union Party, who lighted a new spark on the ‘jongpuk controversy’ by insulting a North Korean defector student as a ‘traitor.’

Previously, on the 28th of May, he has also made an intense criticism during his online and radio speeches, saying ‘claims by North Korea are problematic, but the jongpuk force within the country who repeat their claims word by word is even more problematic.’

‘Anyone can be patriotic from their teeth forward…but not everyone can be a patriot who sacrifices his life,’ he criticised.

‘Every single (man of national merit) protected the present Republic of Korea and contributed to the safety of our society that we have today,’ he stressed.

‘For that reason we should always thank them, and appreciate them even more as the history moves on,’ he added.

The event this day included words of thanks from Kim Deok-nam (Head of Disabled Veterans’ Association), a proposal of toast by Kim Eung-su (elder war veteran) and speeches by families of war victims, such as Park So-young (wife of the deceased Colonel of the Air Force, Oh Chung-hyeon).

About 240 people participated in the event, including Baek Seon-yeop (former Army Chief of Staff), elder veterans of the Korean War such as Eung-su Kim (former Commander of the 6th Corps), the bereaved of the victims of wars and attacks in Yeonpeong-do and contributors to the spread of patriotism, as well as members of the veteran association who have attended the event every year.

Comments from Daum:

Carry_me_back:

Well, there is even a fucking rat [referring to President Lee] who denies the BBK incident.

지퍼사이에찡긴좆:

I get the impulse to sock him in the jaw way too often.

머털도사:

This country allows a conman to be the President.. a shitty country this is….

하늘:

It is miserable for me to see the present and future of the Republic of Korea that voted for a President like you.

litengut:

It is miserable to see the President.

cyberhyuns:

I want to say ‘anyone can be a President from their teeth forward.’

서민호:

It enrages me to see an Osaka Jap who denies Korea.. [President Lee was born in Osaka, Japan]

어리석은맘길위에내려놓자:

That’s a bloke who dropped out of the Army diagnosed with lung disease [Lee was dismissed from compulsory military conscription], and then got drunk overnight with Chung Ju-yung of Hyundai just a month after that ke ke ke ke Please show us your patriotism from your teeth forward, to do the least… Every time that fucking rat [President Lee] opens its mouth, it jabbers lies and nibbles at the dignity of our country.

hopeman:

When he didn’t even do the National Service…. His words have no power at all….

러브게임:

This man probably felt noting else worked so far…. So he just goes… Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie!! Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie!! Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie!! Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie Commie!!

오늘은구름:

How many days does he have left [on his presidency]? Ah, so frivolous and directionless…

쟈니 유:

Lim Su-kyung who called Kim Il-sung her father… resign from your lawmaker position and return to North Korea.

휴우우:

It doesn’t seem right to criticise the President of a country by unearthing his past and calling him a rat, however many wrongs he had committed, until his presidency is over… Anyway it really doesn’t feel right to make a personal attack.. And also it’s wrong to shift all blame to Mister President. Some people even say, ke ke, that it is all Mister President Myung-bak Lee’s fault that the shares are not rising in value~

jockypark:

Let’s give him what he has done well. President Myung-bak Lee has made not so small a contribution towards improving our national dignity and the country in general.

심판위원:

All the jongpuk albas are mobilised to the comment list. This board is red all over, spit-spit! The North Korean 2nd cyber company members.

ㄸㄹ:

The advanced countries have [GDP of] about $40,000 to $50,000. Even the Eastern European countries like Slovenia and Croatia have [GDP of] $20,000. So how is our country advanced?

est:

‘Anyone can be patriotic from their teeth forward.’ Sure, you said that.

소머리:

Who’s in denial here……Go on and care about wrapping up [your term].

sky777:

It is fucking miserable to me that I am living under the same sky as you (the fucking rat).

엽이:

Wouldn’t it be more appropriate to say ‘denying oneself’ rather than ‘denying the Republic of Korea.’;;;; I like and love my country.

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  • Paul M

    I think we now know what the theme of the next presidential election campaign is going to be.

    Oh and … sofa?

  • glenn

    Time to send those NK supporters to North Korea so that they will know how fun it is to work in salt mines and live under KIM JONG UN’s “me-litary first” rule.

  • Digitalsoju

    The president does bring up a good point. I’m baffled how some people support North Korea, especially within the government.

    • lonetrey

      True, but does it do any good when it’s a corrupt government official pointing out the NK-supporters to get support for himself?

      Based on his past exploits, I have a hard time believing this was done out of “patriotic” interest and am more inclined to think he’s doing it out “self” interest instead…

  • dim mak

    >young people will always hate conservative leaders no matter what they do
    Oh Korea ;_;

    This is why China has a one party system

    • ric

      good point

  • lamster

    President Lee emphasised that ‘North Korean people are still suffering from starvation, whereas our GDP is over $20,000 and population over 50 million,’

    Faces of North Korean children are the living testimony even after 63 years what happens to human genetic composition once they are exposed to heavy toxic chemicals and radiation bombings. It’s effects are permanent and non curable for eternal generations. North Koreans don’t look the way they do because they are starving. They look different from South Koreans because of higher exposure to these chemicals.

  • C84

    Honestly, this “President” is such a US ass-kisser. He has his head buried so far up Obama’s ass, I cringe at the idea of someone like him continuing to lead SK. The relations with China and North Korea have suffered so much under this idiot, it will take many years just to put the relations back to normal. I really hope SK does the right thing and elects a liberal government which will end the alliance with the US and start being neutral or leaning towards China so that we can resolve the NK problem once and for all.

    • GyopoMash

      This reminds me of a quote from my Korean co-worker’s father who used to work for the union in the 1990s. “Love America and we will never seek peace with North Korea, the rest of the world, and ourselves.” I’m sorta scared right now. Are the Conservatives in the Republic of Korea wrong in the first place? I’m leaning towards a strong yes.

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