With hundreds of bills awaiting a vote in parliament, President Moon Jae-in has criticized lawmakers for what he says is the misuse of bills that are directly linked to people's livelihoods, especially those that could better ensure children's safety.
This comes after the main opposition Liberty Korea Party's push for a filibuster led to the cancellation of a plenary session last Friday, which has led to paralysis.
Here's the President.
"Each of these bills are important to the people, designed for their lives, safety, welfare and the economy. I earnestly request that parliament swiftly handles the bills and returns as a body that serves the people, instead of one that causes the people to worry."
President Moon was speaking in a meeting with his senior aides this afternoon.
He expressed particular disappointment over the delay in next year's budget bill, which he says is essential to reviving the Korean economy.
He also reflected on the progress made last week at the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit and the Mekong-Korea summit in Busan.
Citing enhanced cooperation in free trade, science technology, infrastructure and his peace initiative, President Moon said the two sides succeeded in greatly deepening their partnership.