Unlike Roh Tae-woo, who decided to hold a funeral as the head of the Blue House, he said that it was not worth thinking about discussing the head of the state with Chun Doo-hwan. Roh Tae-woo, who left a will to ask for forgiveness and even apologized, is different from Chun Doo-hwan. Chun Doo-hwan's wife, Lee Soon-ja, who visited Roh Tae-woo's funeral today (28th), did not say anything when asked if he had any intention of apologizing.

This is the first news reporter Koh Ji-hyun.


Lee Cheol-hee, senior presidential secretary for political affairs, explained that the case was different with Chun Doo-hwan in relation to Roh Tae-woo's decision as head of state.

[Lee Chul-hee / Blue House Chief of Political Affairs (CBS Radio): (Roh Tae-woo) He also left a will to ask for forgiveness, and the bereaved family apologized in the meantime, and 5/18 (group) also found and apologized… .]

Regarding Mr. Jeon, who did not apologize at all, the head of state even said that the grave of the national cemetery was not worth thinking about.

In the background of Roh Tae-woo's decision as head of state, he drew a line that he could think of contributing to national unity, but not Goryeo, ahead of the presidential election.

However, he added that he fully sympathizes with the criticism that the decision of the head of state is inappropriate, adding that the historical and national evaluation of this person does not end just because he becomes the head of state.

Prime Minister Kim Bu-gyeom, who served as chairman of the funeral, was courteous, saying that it is time to evaluate the merits and achievements.

[Kim Bu-gyeom/Prime Minister: It seems that the time has come to overestimate merit and engineering and record it in history.]

In the midst of this, Chun Doo-hwan's wife, Lee Soon-ja, visited the mortuary with his eldest son Jae-guk this afternoon on behalf of Jeon, who is battling blood cancer.

Mr. Lee told the bereaved family that he could not come with Mr. Jeon due to poor health, and Mr. Noh said that he shared old stories and health issues.

After the condolences, reporters asked if he would apologize for the 5/18, but Mr. Lee did not say anything.

[Lee Soon-ja / Chun Doo-hwan's wife: (Aren't you going to apologize for the 5/18 victims?) …


Mr. Lee, surrounded by three bodyguards, got into the vehicle and left the mortuary.

(Video coverage: Chan-soo Lee, video editing: Jin-hwa Choi) 

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