A man whose 17-year-old child was killed in the April sinking of a South Korean ferry, the country`s worst maritime accident in decades, said he is ready to move on, tired of the political wrangling and mud-slinging four months after disaster struck.
South Korean families who lost loved ones in April`s ferry disaster are demanding accountability from the government, but some have grown weary of strident activists adopting their cause for political ends.
South Korea needs to quickly find additional space where it can store its spent nuclear fuel because some of its temporary storage capacity will be full by 2016, an independent body that advises the government on nuclear issues said on Monday.
Francis made his comments, some of them unscripted, in an address to about 70 bishops from 35 Asian countries gathered in the town of Haeme, south of Seoul, on the next-to-last day of his trip to South Korea.
Pope Francis has generally avoided hot-button "culture war" issues like abortion, arguing that the church`s doctrine on the sanctity of life is well-known and that he`d rather emphasize other aspects of church teaching.
Pope Francis warned of the "cancer" of despair that afflicts outwardly affluent societies and called on South Korean Catholics to reject "inhuman economic models" at a mass for 45,000 people on Friday on the first papal trip to Asia in 15 years.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye urged the creation of a nuclear safety consultative group in Northeast Asia, given the high number of nuclear power plants in the region and public concerns over safety.
Two Japanese Cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine in a move likely to aggravate already tense relations with neighbours China and South Korea, which see it as a symbol of Tokyo`s militarist past.
Pope Francis said dialogue and not "displays of force" would bring peace to the divided Korean peninsula as he began a visit to South Korea that the nuclear-armed North marked with a series of rocket launches.