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South Korean President to hold press conference on scrapped airport plan

31 Mar

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak



SEOUL, March 31 (KATAKAMI.COM)  — President Lee Myung-bak plans to hold a press conference later this week to express his position on the government’s decision to abort a major airport construction project, his aides said Thursday, amid fierce backlash from local residents, authorities and lawmakers, YONHAP NEWS AGENCY reported.

“The president is scheduled to express his position tomorrow,” a senior official at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said on the condition of anonymity. “The format will be a press conference.”

Lee made a campaign pledge to construct a new airport in the southeastern region, called “Yeongnam” in Korean, but the government announced a decision Wednesday to scrap the plan, citing a lack of expected economic benefits.

A Cheong Wa Dae source said Lee is expected to express regret over the reversal rather than offering a direct public apology. (*)
 
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