Originally posted on Segye and Newsis, but the Segye release translated into English on Korea Bang, apparently the Vietnamese government has asked the Republic of Korea to cancel official commemorative events marking the 50th anniversary of South Korean troops being deployed to [the now defunct state of] South Vietnam.
According to a “South Korean government official” (“정부 관계자는”):
“The year 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Korean army deployment to the Vietnam War, and the preparations for a commemorative event are under way in collaboration of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs (MPVA) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). We recently received a request from the Vietnamese government to refrain from holding a commemoration, placing the government in a predicament.”
The requests sounds legit, although I’ve only been able to find two Korean language publications that have reported it and both seem to be citing the same source.
Anyways, the Korean comment chatter appears to be quite sympathetic to the stated request. Korea Bang has been kind enough to translate many of the comments:
박감독: Don’t hold a ceremony. The deployment to kill people was anything but something to be proud of. I am sorry for the Vietnamese people. I hope that we will skip the ceremony, and express our condolences.
초록빛: I support the Vietnamese government’s stance. Consider how we slammed Japan’s Prime Minister Abe’s visit to the Yasukuni Shrine. If South Korea keeps on upholding our past, it will impose obstacles to the future partnership between the two countries. I don’t think highlighting veterans’ participation in the Vietnam War will boost military morale and honor. I think it is right to completely embrace the Vietnamese government’s request.
I hear ya Vietnam, but good luck in getting the commemorative events cancelled while Korea is under the Park Geun-hye administration. Her daddy did send over the troops, you know.