SEOUL, June 24 (Xinhua) -- South Korea's Prime Minister nominee Moon Chang-keuk offered to resign from his candidacy Tuesday, two weeks after being nominated for the government's No. 2 post, amid rising criticism for his past pro-Japanese comments.
Moon said during a televised press conference that he decided to withdraw his candidacy as it would help President Park Geun-hye who has wished for national unity and reform.
The nominee has been under strong pressure to withdraw the nomination for his past comments. In his speech at a church in 2011, Moon described the 1910-45 Japanese colonial rule of Korea and the subsequent division into the two Koreas as"God's will."
The remarks outraged many South Koreans who still have a deep resentment against Japan for its reluctance to repent past atrocities.