South Korea president Park apologises to ferry disaster relatives
Published on May 17, 2014 1:37 AM
SEOUL (AFP) - President Park Geun-Hye made a direct apology Friday to relatives of the victims of South Korea's ferry disaster and vowed to reform the country's safety standards from scratch.
"I apologise again for the government's insufficient response," Park said at a meeting with 17 relatives who were invited to her presidential office.
It was the first time she has made an expression of regret directly to the victims' families, who had criticised a previous apology she issued during a cabinet meeting as impersonal.
"I will push for fundamental reform of the safety system of our society to prevent the recurrence of a similar disaster," Park told them.
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