National Security Law Should be Abolished: Roh

    September 05, 2004 20:34

    Only three days after the Supreme Court announced its position that it opposes the abrogation of the National Security Law, President Roh Moo-hyun said Sunday that he believes the law should be abolished, setting the stage for a possible clash between the divided administrative, legislative and judiciary.

    During an inverview with MBC, the president said, "The National Security Law has been used to supress those who were against the government. So, if we want to move toward a society that respects human rights, isn't it better to abolish such an old legacy? It would be better to send it to a museum sealed," and added, "When we abolish the Security Law, we would be able to say that Korea has become a civilized country." He also said that if necessary, the Criminal Law may be revised to include some parts of the National Security Law.

    President Roh Moo-hyun expresses his opinions on economic and political issues on MBC’s “Sisa Magazine 2580.”


    Seeminly conscious of the rulings of the Supreme Court and Constitutional Court that the Security Law ban on praise of North Korea is constitutional, the president said, "We should not continue to talk about the Security Law in terms of the principle of law..."

    In response to this, Grand National Party Policy Committee Chairman Lee Han-gu accused the president saying, "The president's remarks can be seen as challenge to the constitutional system." GNP Spokesman Im Tae-hee also said, "We cannot make any concessions when it comes to national security."

    On Thursday, the Supreme Court expressed its deep concern over the abolishion of the National Security Law in its ruling, saying, "Possibilities are still left open for North Korea to try to overthrow our system." Concering the president's suggestion to revise the Criminal Law to replace the Security Law, the court also said in opposition, "We should be careful in taking a measure that allows the country to disarm itself."

    (Shin Jeong-rok, jrshin@chosun.com)
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