MOON SWORN IN
The human rights lawyer says he’s willing to go North to seek peace
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
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.
The Plutonium Uranium Extraction Plant separations facility at the Hanford Works.