Park Geun-hye was more concerned with national image than compensation for forced labor

Former Blue House official testifies ex-president instructed to “make sure we aren’t humiliated”  

Ex-president Park Geun-hye said “make sure we aren’t humiliated” while instructing her staff to send the Supreme Court the government’s opinion about its second review of a lawsuit requesting compensation for Koreans forced to provide labor during the Japanese colonial occupation, according to the person who served as senior secretary for foreign policy and security at the Blue House at the time. Park’s remarks apparently reflected her concerns that South Korea’s national prestige would be damaged if the Supreme Court finally recognized Japan’s responsibility for compensating the victims of forced labor.

The work journal of Kim Gyu-hyeon, former senior secretary for foreign policy and security, was made public when Kim appeared as a witness in the trial of Im Jong-heon, 60, former deputy director of the National Court Administration on May 13. Presiding over the trial was Hon. Yun Jong-seop, a judge with the 36th Criminal Division of the Seoul Central District Court.

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