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To be guilty or not

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By Kim Ji-myung

Is the recent Cho Kuk chaos drawing nearer to a close with his resignation from the justice minister's position? I'm afraid not. People, including the opposition party, are still very wary of this powerful man second only to the president.

Although much of his and his family's criminal charges haven't been cleared up, he may remain a threat until his possible entry into the National Assembly or even as a presidential candidate in the next election.

His farewell statement, expressing his love for his "victimized" family, failed to move the people because it was his obsession to sit in the justice minister's seat that was the cause of the exposure of all the diverse and complicated family related problems. Once your speech loses truthfulness, it is hard to turn it around.

What is clear is that the Cho scandal clearly revealed the two vastly separate attitudes of Koreans. The pro-Cho groups, President Moon Jae-in and the ruling party on one side, and the rest on the other side stood in extreme antagonism. And so far there appears to be no hope of........

© The Korea Times