MOON SWORN IN

The hu­man rights lawyer says he’s will­ing to go North to seek peace

New Straits Times - - World -

SEOUL in­clud­ing the af­ter­math of the huge cor­rup­tion scan­dal that saw his con­ser­va­tive pre­de­ces­sor Park Geun-hye im­peached and swept him to power, but leaves the coun­try bit­terly di­vided.

Ahead of the swear­ing-in, he met lead­ing law­mak­ers of Park’s Lib­erty Korea party — which ac­cused him of be­ing a Py­ongyang sym­pa­thiser — to “beg” for their co­op­er­a­tion.

“I will be a pres­i­dent to all peo­ple,” he said in his speech, promis­ing to “serve even those who did not sup­port me” and re­main “at eye-level with the peo­ple”.

Af­ter the low-key cer­e­mony, he was driven through the streets of the cap­i­tal to the Blue House, stand­ing in the back of his limou­sine and wav­ing to sup­port­ers.

Moon took 41.1 per cent of the vote in Tues­day’s elec­tion, far ahead of Hong Joon-pyo of Park’s Lib­erty Korea party, on 24 per and there is no in­di­ca­tion of a spread of ra­di­o­log­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tion,” said Destry Hen­der­son, a Han­ford Emer­gency Cen­tre spokesman. cent, and cen­trist Ahn Cheol-soo on 21.4 per cent.

The 64-year-old is be­spec­ta­cled, re­served and mild-man­nered, although some crit­ics de­scribe him as bland, in­de­ci­sive and unin­spir­ing.

“I liked the no-frills in­au­gu­ra­tion and his down-to-earth style,” said Lee Jeong-mi, an of­fice worker here who watched him pass by.

“He re­ally looks like a true peo­ple’s pres­i­dent.” AFP

The nu­clear site, which is twice the size of Sin­ga­pore, was used to pro­duce plu­to­nium for the bomb that brought an end to World War 2. AFP

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South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook at the pres­i­den­tial Blue House af­ter his in­au­gu­ra­tion cer­e­mony in Seoul, South Korea, yes­ter­day.

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The Plu­to­nium Ura­nium Ex­trac­tion Plant sep­a­ra­tions fa­cil­ity at the Han­ford Works.

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