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SEOUL, March 15 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye renewed her push Friday to have the contentious government reorganization plans pass through parliament, saying she can't realize her economic vision unless the proposal is approved as is.

Park made the remarks when she met with leaders of the ruling Saenuri Party to discuss how to break the deadlock in negotiations with the opposition party over the proposal. It calls for creating new ministries and other offices and reassigning responsibilities among existing ones.

The impasse has kept Park from completing the formation of her Cabinet in the way she wants.

The main sticking point in the negotiations is Park's plan to move the responsibilities for oversight of cable channels, Internet TV and other broadcasting outlets from the watchdog Korea Communications Commission to the science ministry to be created under the reorganization bill.

Park has repeatedly stressed that the convergence of broadcasting and communications technology is a future growth engine for the country, and that the envisioned transfer would help the government handle IT and broadcasting issues more efficiently.

But the opposition party has strongly opposed the idea, claiming it is an attempt to bring broadcasting firms under government control. Park has flatly denied the claim.

In Friday's meeting, Park stressed that it would amount to making the envisioned science ministry "hollowed out" without core functions if the proposed transfer of broadcasting-related responsibilities is scrapped.

"If these core (functions) are left out, it would be difficult for the future creation and science ministry to create new jobs and new demand," she said.

Early this month, Park had invited leaders of both the ruling and opposition parties to the presidential office in an effort to broker an agreement on the issue, but the opposition party rejected the invitation.

"It has been nearly 20 days since the government was launched, but no agreement has been reached yet on the government organization bill," presidential spokesman Yoon Chang-jung said earlier, adding that Park was forced to meet only with ruling party leaders as the opposition party rejected her offer.

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