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Kim Reminds Minister Not To Meddle in Party Affairs

President Kim Dae-jung told the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister on Monday to refrain from making political remarks, according to a senior government official.

"Mr. Kim told the minister to faithfully implement his tasks as a minister," the official said, on the condition of anonymity.

The official was referring to an interview by the minister, Noh Mu-hyun, in which he was quoted as saying that "it is possible" that President Kim Dae-jung could give up his presidency in the ruling Millennium Democratic Party as well as forming a new cabinet with equal representation for both parties.

A reshuffle of party's leadership is expected to take place this week.

The interview was given for next month's edition of Shin Dong-ah magazine.

"It is the view of President Kim Dae-jung that one should focus on the ministry affairs," the official added.

"However, Mr. Noh has been making many remarks that have absolutely nothing to do with his work in the ministry," the official said. A ruling party official expressed concern that the remarks could deal a blow to Mr. Kim's plan to shakeup the party's leadership. However, the minister explained that the content of the interview had been "distorted." The Minister has the full text of the original interview to the president's office.


by Kim Jin-kook

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