South Korea’s new president Yoon Suk-yeol said in his inaugural speech on Tuesday that he has “a bold plan” to improve the North’s economy if Pyongyang abandons nuclear aspirations.
“While it is true that North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs pose a threat not only to our security and that of Northeast Asia, the door to dialogue will remain open,” Yoon told some 40,000 people in the gardens. of the National Assembly, the South Korean parliament.
“If North Korea truly embarks on a process to complete denuclearization, we are ready to work with the international community and come up with a bold plan that will greatly strengthen North Korea’s economy and improve the quality of life for its people,” the statement said. conservative.
Yoon argued that North Korea’s disarmament will bring “peace and prosperity” to the peninsula and also stressed the need to boost domestic growth.
“Our society is plagued by divisions and social conflicts that threaten our freedom and our liberal democratic order,” said the new president.
Yoon won the presidential election on March 9 by just 247,000 votes (0.07% of the total), defeating liberal Lee Jae-myung.
“I don’t think we can overcome this problem without first achieving rapid and sustainable growth,” which “will only be possible through science, technology and innovation,” Yoon said.
The leader of the Popular Power Party began his single five-year term at midnight (3 pm on Monday in Lisbon), with a videoconference with the chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), Won In -choul, about neighboring North Korea.
Yoon, a former attorney general, ordered military commanders to maintain military readiness and said “the security situation on the Korean peninsula is very serious.”
North Korea has carried out 15 ballistic missile launches since the beginning of the year, the last of which was on Saturday.
The UN Security Council is meeting in an emergency tomorrow, at the request of the United States, to discuss North Korea’s latest tests, diplomatic sources said on Monday.
Observers indicated that, in recent months, satellite images show signs that the North is preparing for a nuclear test at facilities in the northeast of the country.