South Korea’s Ruling Party Clarifies Security Terms with U.S. and Japan

SEOUL — The ruling People Power Party (PPP) of South Korea issued an apology on Friday for mistakenly using the term "alliance" instead of "security cooperation" to describe its security relationships with the United States and Japan. This linguistic correction comes amid sensitive regional dynamics and historical tensions.

According to Yonhap News Agency, a spokesperson for the PPP, the term "alliance" used in a recent party commentary was incorrect and not reflective of the official stance, which emphasizes "security cooperation." This clarification was necessary after the commentary sparked significant backlash from opposition members, particularly due to historical grievances with Japan dating back to its colonial rule over Korea from 1910 to 1945. The party has reiterated its commitment to accurate and precise language in discussing international relations, especially in contexts sensitive to historical conflicts.

The controversy reached the national legislature earlier in the week during an interpellation session where Rep. Kim Byung-joo of the Democratic Party criticized the PPP's terminology, inciting a heated exchange among lawmakers. The Democratic Party's floor leader, Park Chan-dae, later expressed regret over the harshness of the remarks, indicating a tumultuous debate within parliamentary ranks over the nature of South Korea's international security arrangements.

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