South Korea launches new safety agency after criticism over handling of April ferry disaster

November 19, 2014 4:45 AM

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South Korea launches new safety agency after criticism over handling of April ferry disaster

A government official walks by a signboard of newly created Ministry of Public Safety and Security at government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. South Korea's President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday nominated a retired navy general as head of the new broader safety agency to be created in the aftermath of April's ferry sinking that killed more than 300 people. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man) (The Associated Press)

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won delivers a speech during an inauguration ceremony of the newly created Ministry of Public Safety and Security at government complex in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014. South Korea's President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday nominated a retired navy ge...

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