New South Korean President says he’s open to visit North Korea

Published on : Wednesday, May 10, 2017

New South Korean PresidentNewly-elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that he is willing to visit North Korea, and to negotiate with China and the United States over the controversial deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.

Moon won 41 percent of the vote, beating conservative Hong Joon-pyo, who finished at 24 percent, and centrist Ahn Cheol-soo at 21 percent.

He said, “I will be president for all South Koreans.” Moon’s victory with just 40 percent of the vote shows deep ideological divisions in South Korea. In the South Korean election system, the candidate who gains the most votes is declared the winner, even if that total is less than a majority of the electorate.

Many of Moon’s supporters said that they like his domestic policy agenda for increasing government spending for jobs and education. But some are unsure about his pro-engagement polices on North Korea that his conservative opponents have labeled as weak on national security.

Moon said yesterday that the next South Korean president should take on a more active and discreet role in working with both the United States and China to bring North Korea to international talks to resolve the nuclear standoff.


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