President Moon Jae-in has expressed deep disappointment over the current political strife at the National Assembly at a crucial time when hundreds of bills are sitting in parliament.
"The 20th National Assembly has been constantly crippled. Broken politics, in which political strife is put ahead of people's livelihoods and party interests ahead of the people, has killed off normal politics."
President Moon's made that criticism in a meeting with senior aides on Monday.
It comes after the main opposition Liberty Korea Party pushed for a filibuster last Friday to block the fast-tracking of bills to revise the election law and establish an anti-corruption investigative unit.
The filibuster motion led to the cancellation of the plenary session, which also prevented the passing of some 200 bills, including next year's budget and bills that could better ensure children's safety in school zones.
The president strongly urged parliament to handle them swiftly, for the sake of the people and the economy.
"Each of these bills is 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 also reflected on the achievements made at the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit and the Mekong-Korea summit in Busan last week.
He cited enhanced cooperation in free trade, science technology, agriculture and infrastructure.
He especially highlighted that ASEAN's support will be of great help to the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.
But while advancing the 'New Southern Policy,' the president also raised the importance of creating synergy with the 'New Northern Policy,' which aims to boost political and economic ties with northern countries like Russia.
Park Hee-jun, Arirang News.