The implication in Sam Jameson's news analysis in the Dec. 2 Times, "South Korea's Body Politic Braces for Still More Blows," that President Kim Young Sam has indirectly taken money from businessmen is totally unsubstantiated. It has damaged the reputation of the president and his family and the image of the Republic of Korea, as well.
We are dismayed that your prestigious newspaper would carry such an unfounded rumor without verifying its authenticity.
Inasmuch as President Kim has carried out drastic reforms without giving any sanctuary, it is unimaginable that he, or any member of his family, would receive money from anyone.
SOHN WOO-HYUN, Director-General
Foreign Media Bureau
Korean Overseas Information Services