Moon Jae-in

Outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Monday called for the resumption of dialogue with North Korea in a farewell speech ahead of the inauguration of conservative Yoon Suk-yeol.

“Peace is a requirement for our survival, a requirement for prosperity,” Moon said during a speech at the Blue House, the South Korean presidential residence in Seoul.

“I sincerely hope that the efforts to denuclearize and institutionalize peace will continue with the resumption of dialogue between the South and the North,” he added.

Moon said his five-year term helped transform “a pre-war crisis on the Korean peninsula”, referring to the 2017 exchange of threats of attacks between Pyongyang and Washington into a “dialogue phase”.

Moon’s role as a mediator was instrumental in getting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and then US President Donald Trump to hold a series of historic summits in 2018.

Moon himself, in turn, met with Kim three times.

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