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S.Korean PM nominee offers to withdraw candidacy

English.news.cn   2014-06-24 09:24:59

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.

Editor: Yang Yi
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