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S. Korea leader's aides mum on briefings

Jan. 11, 2013 at 11:21 AM

SEOUL, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- An aide to South Korean President-elect Park Geun-hye said a decision not to discuss policy briefings her transition team receives is meant to avoid confusion.

Several several media representatives criticized the decision, saying it may indicate the team is choosing to ignore the public's right to know, Yonhap reported.

On Friday, the transition team received briefings from the ministries of defense and welfare and other agencies and offices

"We decided not to offer a press briefing on the specific contents," transition committee spokesman Yoon Chang-jung said. "The transition committee will consistently stick to the overarching principle that it will try to communicate and connect with the people."

Yoon said the decision not to provide information about the sessions was to avoid "unnecessary policy confusion."

The briefings practice is followed because the sessions provide insight into policy development for the incoming administration, Yonhap said.

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