South Koreans are notorious for condemning other countries while ignoring own wrong doings. In fact, South Korea has never apologized nor paid any compensations to Vietnamese victims while Koreans are asking apologies and compensations from Japan for Japan’s annexation every month or so.
Now, Vietnam is starting to criticize South Korea…naturally.
Vietnam criticizes Korean leader for honoring war veterans – The Korea Times 2017-06-13
President Moon Jae-in’s recent remarks on South Korean soldiers who participated in the 1960-75 Vietnam War are fueling anti-Korean sentiment in the Southeast Asian country.
In a speech to mark the June 6 Memorial Day, Moon lauded the soldiers who fought in Vietnam for their contributions to economic growth in the 1960s and 70s.
“The soldiers resolutely answered the call of the Republic of Korea. In the middle of the jungle and under sweltering heat, they carried out their duties faithfully. That’s true patriotism,” Moon said. “Their sacrifice laid the foundation for the country’s economic growth.”
Moon spoke about the soldiers apparently to urge people to remember fallen national heroes. However, this angered many Vietnamese, who contend Korean soldiers massacred thousands of civilians during the war.
“We ask the Korean government not to talk or behave in a way that hurts the feelings of the Vietnamese people and has a negative influence on the two countries’ friendship and cooperation,” Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswomen Le Thi Thu Hang said in a press release, Monday.
The ministry has lodged a complaint with the Korean Embassy in Vietnam regarding Moon’s speech, the press release reads.
This is the Vietnamese government’s “first-ever official warning” against Seoul regarding its alleged wartime massacres, Ku Su-jeong, an activist who has long dealt with the issue, told The Korea Times.
“I’ve heard low-key messages from Vietnam through unofficial routes, but have never seen a message like this,” she said.