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Politics of hatred

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By Na Jeong-ju

President Moon Jae-in, during a meeting with his aides at Cheong Wa Dae, Monday, made some interesting remarks that show how he perceives the ongoing political conflict over Justice Minister Cho Kuk.

Regarding criticism from political opponents that his appointment of Cho has sharply divided the nation, Moon said he sees what is happening in the country over the justice minister as a positive thing for democracy. He said he disagreed with the opinion that the people are now divided.

"In a democratic society, all people can have their own views over certain issues and express them freely. This is positive," Moon said, referring to the massive pro- and anti-Cho rallies taking place in Seoul.

He noted he has listened to the various opinions of the public "with a grave heart." He then defended Cho and his prosecution reform drive, saying there was a "unified voice" from the public demanding a brand-new prosecution. "The........

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