Tuesday, September 07, 2004
NATIONAL SECURITY LAW MUST GO
So says ROK Unification Minister Chung Dong-young (Chông Tong-yông):
Unification Minister Chung Dong-young said yesterday that abolition of the National Security Law is the government's policy, deepening the political and public conflict over the fate of the controversial draconian measure.I happen to agree that South Korea would be a better place without the National Security Law. But this article reveals, once again, my abysmal ignorance: is the wording of the National Security Law explicitly (and solely) anti-communist in nature? My understanding always was that although the law was used by ROK dictators to suppress dissent in the name of anti-communism the wording was in terms of threats to national security, not anti-communist national security threats. Anyone out there know better?
"Our government's position is to repeal the security law. The thing left is for the National Assembly to discuss and decide the matter," Chung said at a meeting with reporters.
The remarks of the minister responsible for inter-Korean relations followed hard on the heels of a call by President Roh Moo-hyun for the anti-communist law to be repealed.