In November 2016, when discussions on the president’s impeachment were in full swing. Former President Park Geun-hye’s mind was filled with other issues as she faced the greatest political crisis. It was a matter of signing the Korea-Japan Military Information Security Agreement ( GSOMIA ).
The Ministry of National Defense announced the promotion of Korea-Japan GSOMIA on October 27, 2016. There was a barrage of criticism from the opposition party and civic groups, saying that the Japanese army had been allowed to invade. As the so-called ‘Choi Soon-sil incident’ erupted, former President Park found herself in a state of trouble.
Even as the clock ticked on her impeachment in the National Assembly, former President Park frequently received reports from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and checked the progress of GSOMIA먹튀검증 negotiations with Japan. She even recalled that former President Park herself said, “Someone would have thought that the president, who was already backed into a corner, was crazy because he was pursuing unpopular policies.” Why did former President Park push for Korea-Japan GSOMIA, which was sure to worsen public opinion amidst her crisis?
Former President Park Geun-hye’s memoir, serialized in ‘The JoongAng Plus’, revealed the full story of the ‘Korea-Japan GSOMIA agreement’ on the 6th. The story behind the Korea-Japan GSOMIA, which has been shrouded in mystery, is detailed, including the background behind the push for Korea-Japan GSOMIA, which is expected to face strong opposition amid the impeachment crisis, and several requests from former U.S. President Barack Obama. He also described in detail how he felt when GSOMIA, which had been difficult to achieve, was on the verge of being canceled by the Moon Jae-in administration, as well as the benefits that both Korea and Japan could gain through GSOMIA. In addition, he also left an evaluation of the Yoon Seok-yeol government’s agreement with Japan to restore the Korea-Japan GSOMIA.
Former President Park has been working on writing with the JoongAng Ilbo memoir team since last April. The background is about 10 years from when he took over as chairman of the Grand National Party’s emergency committee in 2011 until he was released from prison with a special pardon in 2021. Previously , Korea-Japan comfort women agreement ( https :// www.joongang.co.kr / article /25196717) and the relationship with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ( https :// www.joongang.co.kr / article /25196960), etc. He looked back on the entire Choi Soon-sil incident, the special prosecutor’s investigation and trial, North Korea’s nuclear test, civil servant pension reform, Sewol ferry disaster, THAAD deployment, conflict between the party and the government, etc. As I look back, I plan to honestly reveal my thoughts as the person in charge of state affairs.
The Japanese media showed great interest in former President Park’s memoir, with the Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s largest daily newspaper, giving significant coverage to former President Park’s memoir on the ‘Korea-Japan comfort women agreement’ on the 5th.