Yoon issues apology over Itaewon crowd crush, promises safer nation



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We start with news that President Yoon Suk-yeol has issued an apology over the deadly Itaewon crowd crush in Seoul.
He made the remarks earlier Monday at a meeting on how to improve safety systems to prevent future accidents, with President Yoon saying he will personally oversee an overhaul of safety systems deemed inadequate and in need of revision.
Yoon Jung-min reports.

An 'apology' was how President Yoon Suk-yeol started a safety review meeting on Monday.
It's a scene not too unfamiliar in the wake of similar messages sent by the South Korean leader over the past week, but this time, it sounded more like a formal apology directed toward the public.


"As president in charge of protecting the lives and safety of the people, I am deeply sad and heavy-hearted. I am sorry for the bereaved families who are facing an indescribable tragedy and the people sharing pain and sadness."


He vowed to double down on efforts to ensure no such accident happens again, for which he said the government will completely overhaul existing disaster and safety management systems, and take bold action to improve complicated "structural" issues.


"Fellow Koreans, our government will do its best to make Korea a safer place to live through the handling of this accident, a thorough investigation, and overall innovation in the safety management system. I, myself, will take care of it."


The meeting largely focused on how to better manage safety where there are large crowds, as well as the first response system.
And not just manuals and systems, but the President also stressed the need to properly detect a crisis and promptly report it, calling for more tailored safety rules for subways, malls, stadiums and concerts.

Yoon also signaled a major reform in the way the police handle situations with such risks and promised to get to the bottom of the Itaewon incident and hold accountable those responsible for the major accident.

Present at the meeting on Monday were Cabinet members, other government officials and experts from the private sector.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.

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