Families of Ferry Victims Slam Park's Apology

The families of ferry disaster victims who are still missing on Tuesday criticized President Park Geun-hye's tearful apology to the nation.

"There was nothing in the speech about the 17 people who are still missing," Kim Byung-kwon, a leader of the families, said in a televised press conference. "Perhaps the president doesn't value the lives of these people."

Jeon Su-young, one of the high-school teachers who died in the ferry disaster off the southwest coast, smiles in this file photo taken on Teachers Day last year, her first year in the job. The message on the blackboard reads Jeon Su-young, one of the high-school teachers who died in the ferry disaster off the southwest coast, smiles in this file photo taken on Teachers' Day last year, her first year in the job. The message on the blackboard reads "Teacher! We Love You."

The families also expressed regret that Park made no reference to various requests they made in a recent meeting with her.

They also expressed concern that Park's decision to dismantle the Coast Guard for its failure to rescue most of the passengers will disrupt the search for the missing victims.

englishnews@chosun.com / May 21, 2014 10:28 KST