North Korean inspectors return home after checking Olympic facilities in South

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We start with a city in shock and despair following a horrific tragedy.
Authorities in the southeastern city of Miryang are attempting to figure out what caused Friday's deadly fire at a local hospital.
A day after the blaze, President Moon Jae-in visited the site of the disaster and met with the grieving families of the victims.
Our chief Blue House correspondent Moon Connyoung has more.
It's a sight the South Koreans have seen one too many times.

A grim-faced president walking in to offer his condolences to families in despair.


"The families of the victims pleaded to the president to make improvements to the system. One family member asked President Moon, have you not pledged to make this society safer for the people?
Another requested for a thorough review of the first response system to disasters."

The hospital fire on Friday is the second deadly blaze in the country in just over a month and now questions are being asked about its safety regulations.


South Korean officials rushed to identify 37 victims of a hospital blaze and pinpoint the cause on Saturday as South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited the burnt-out building and decried "one tragedy after another" to strike the country.

"It's tragic, and it hurts me to see this kind of tragedy repeat, even as the government has vowed to make this country safe."


With one of the world's fastest aging populations, the government of South Korea has faced much criticism in recent years over poor safety standards... especially in the wake of the 2014 sinking of the Sewol-ho ferry which killed more than 300 people, most of them teenagers.

President Moon pointed to loopholes in the existing mandatory safety and fire prevention measures and vowed to toughen these regulations.

"The current fire safety regulations differ for nursing homes and regular hospitals. Sprinkler requirements for buildings also depend on the size of the space. We need to toughen the law to make sure safety requirements are imposed based on the use of the space."

"Given that there has been a string of big fire accidents in recent weeks, experts say, the Moon administration will need to tighten the screws and come up with a tougher, much more effective set of safety regulations.
That's especially true for President Moon Jae-in who took power last May vowing to make his disaster-prone country a safer place to live. But, public skepticism over his ability to deliver has deepened with a string of tragedies in recent weeks, including this one on Friday.
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House."



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