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Uploaded on Jul 29, 2010

And separately in South Korea today, the country's prime minister offered to resign. It's not the first time he's offered to step down from the job.

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Un-chan offered his resignation on Thursday. It comes as his efforts to prevent the relocation of the nation's capital failed.

Prime Minister Chung took office in September as a top supporter of President Lee Myung-bak's idea to revise the previous government's plan to relocate part of the government ministries to a new town.

[Chung Un-chan, South Korean Prime Minister]:




"We prepared a new plan as a far-sighted national policy to revise the original bill about Sejong City. It's regrettable that we could not accomplish it and I feel guilty because I could not stop our country from wasting national power and plunging into confusion in the future."

President Lee criticized the relocation plan as pork barrel spending and a waste of taxpayer money.

Chung's comments come as South Korea's ruling party secured a surprise win in parliamentary by-elections on Wednesday. It took more than half of the seats up for grabs, boosting the political standing of President Lee Myung-bak who had been fighting speculation his rule was entering a "lame duck" period.

[Chung Un-chan, South Korean Prime Minister]:




"I believe our President has good condition and opportunity now to make a fresh start of his second half presidential term. So I think now is the right time to offer my resignation as a government employee who is responsible for our national affairs."

Chung also offered his resignation in July, but it wasn't accepted by the president. Chung says he'll continue to serve until a replacement is found.

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