[EDITORIALS]Real facts need to come outRegarding the results of the recent summit meeting between Seoul and Washington, strange things are happening. On the same issue, the explanations given by both sides are exactly the opposite.
Even between the Foreign Ministry and the Blue House, the explanations given have different colors.
First, there is the issue of what sort of discussions took place between the two sides in regard to sanctions against the North. A senior official with the South Korean Embassy in Washington said President Roh Moo-hyun asked the U.S. treasury secretary to conclude an investigation of the Macao-based Banco Delta Asia, because a prolonged investigation could have a negative influence on the six-party talks, which have been long stalled.
Nevertheless, the Blue House spokesman disputed this notion. The spokesman said the president only said it was important that the enforcement of U.S. law and the efforts to resume the six-party talks were in accord with each other and that he didn’t request an end to the U.S. probe.
It’s common sense that the embassy in question and the administration at home work together before explaining the results of a summit meeting. Nevertheless, with such common sense absent, the Blue House has come out disputing the words of a senior official from the embassy, which was at the center of a working-level summit meeting. How can one call such a government a “reliable government” when it seems so confused?
Following the summit meeting, Song Min-soon, the Blue House’s chief advisor on security consultations, said the two sides had agreed on a “broad common approach” to revive the six-party talks. He made it look like it was a grand achievement.
Nevertheless, a senior U.S. official said Seoul had come up with the wording of those efforts to resume the nuclear talks and that it was not important to focus on the words themselves. The official said it was instead important to come up with a measure that could have real effects.
This proves clearly that the two leaders didn’t agree on the wording of the measure and that Washington does not agree that a vague method should resolve an issue.
It’s the first duty of a public official to make known the real facts of a South Korea-U.S summit meeting, which is at the center of the people’s attention.
Thus, it is only then when the people can make their own judgments. Stop trying to solve issues with shortcuts.
The people are not that dumb.