South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won is to hold an emergency press conference at 10:00 am (0100 GMT), his office said, when he is expected to address widespread criticism over the government's response to the April 16 ferry disaster.
The Sewol ferry sank on a routine trip south from the port of Incheon to the traditional holiday island of Jeju.
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