Seoul: new president asks Pyongyang to “completely denuclearise”

New South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol called on North Korea in his inaugural address Tuesday to “completely denuclearize”, warning that Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal posed a threat to global security.

Yun promised his northern neighbor that if he “truly engages in the complete denuclearization process,” he will come up with a “bold plan” to revive his economy.

Governor Yoon Seok-yeol was sworn in as President of South Korea for a five-year term, in a huge ceremony held in the National Assembly Square in the capital, Seoul.

“I swear to the people that I will faithfully fulfill the president’s duties,” said Yoon, 61, who assumes the presidency. in one moment in relations with the North are very tense.

In his swearing-in speech, the new South Korean president called on North Korea to “completely denuclearize”, warning that Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal poses a threat to global security.

Yun promised his northern neighbor that if he “truly engages in the complete denuclearization process,” he will come up with a “bold plan” to revive his economy.

In the first minute of his official term starting at midnight Monday through Tuesday, Yoon, in quality of commander in chief of the armed forces, received his first briefing from military personnel in a fortified underground room at the State Crisis Management Center at the Presidential Palace in Seoul.
“Today we are facing multiple crises,” he added, including the COVID-19 pandemic, supply chain problems and global conflicts that “cast a shadow over us.”

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Yoon is a former Attorney General who is fresh out of politics and was elected president in March after beating his opponent narrowly and with popular support of just 41%, one of the lowest rates in the history of South Korean democracy.

During his election campaign, Yun called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a “rude boy” and promised his constituents to “teach him good behavior.”
North Korea anticipated Yun’s inauguration ceremony with a new one test conducted on Saturday, during which it launched a sea-to-ground ballistic missile.

This was the fifteenth test questyear for the nuclear-armed state, which launched an ICBM in March for the first time since 2017.

The United States has warned that Pyongyang could take over test nuclear power plants in the coming weeks.

For five years, former South Korean President Moon Jae-in he pursued a policy of dialogue with Pyongyang, but Yun saw this “submissive” approach as a complete failure.

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