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Skoria’s new leader offers support if North Korea denuclearizes

by Hyung-jin Kim

Seoul, South Korea ( Associated Press) — South Korea’s new president says he will present “an audacious plan” to improve North Korea’s economy if it does denuclearize.

Eun Suk Yeol made the offer during a speech at his opening ceremony in Seoul on Tuesday.

Yoon says the doors to talks will remain open to resolve North Korea’s nuclear threats. He says his government will be ready to work with the international community to present “an audacious plan” that will significantly strengthen North Korea’s economy and improve the livelihoods of its citizens.

Yun, who previously took a tough stance on North Korea, has avoided strong words amid concerns about North Korea’s preparation for a nuclear test. But it was unclear whether North Korea would accept his offer as the North had previously rejected similar proposals to provide incentives linked to progress in nuclear disarmament.

This is a breaking news update. Associated Press’s earlier story is below:

Conservative Yun Suk Yeol took office as South Korea’s president on Tuesday, facing a tougher mix of foreign policy and domestic challenges than other South Korean leaders recently faced at the start of his presidency. Were were

The former top prosecutor began his five-year term at midnight Monday by taking command of South Korea’s 555,000-member military and receiving a briefing on North Korea from his military chief at the new presidential office in central Seoul, formerly the Defense Ministry building .

Won In-chol, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told him in a video conference that he was ready to conduct a nuclear test if North Korean leader Kim Jong Un decides to do so. Yoon then ordered military commanders to maintain a firm military readiness, noting that “the security situation on the Korean peninsula is very serious.”

Yoon is to take the oath of office and deliver his inaugural address at a formal ceremony in Seoul on Tuesday morning.

Since winning the election in March, Yoon, who advocates a more rigid approach towards North Korea, has been denied a honeymoon period. Polls show that less than 60% of respondents expect him to do well in his presidency, an unusually low figure compared to his predecessors, who received around 80%–90% before entering office. Was. According to a Gallup Korea poll released last week, his approval rating as president-elect was 41%, with outgoing moderate President Moon Jae-in rating 45%.

Yoon’s low popularity is partly to blame on the sharp divide between conservatives and liberals, and on controversial policies and cabinet choices. Some experts say that amid challenges such as North Korea’s growing nuclear arsenal, an intensifying US-China rivalry and pandemic-ravaged livelihoods, even foreign policy novice Yun has not shown a clear vision of how to save the world’s 10th-largest economy. How to navigate

“Our foreign policy, national security and economy are all in crisis. Yoon should have presented some vision, hope or leadership to show how he can pull the masses together in these difficult times. But I don’t think they have shown such things,” said Professor Chung Jin-young, former dean of the Graduate School of Pan-Pacific International Studies at Kyung Hee University.

With US-led nuclear disarmament talks at a standstill, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently threatened to use nuclear weapons against his rivals and is reportedly preparing to conduct his first nuclear test in nearly five years. Huh.

The US-China conflict is creating a distinct security dilemma for South Korea as it struggles to strike a balance between Washington, its main military ally, and Beijing, its biggest trading partner.

During his campaign, Yoon accused Moon of leaning too heavily toward North Korea and China and away from Washington, exploiting ties with Japan, Korea’s former colonial ruler, for domestic political purposes.

He has vowed to abandon Moon’s appeasement policy toward North Korea, strengthen South Korea’s alliance with the United States, and improve relations with Japan. Critics say Yun’s policies will lead to confrontations with North Korea and China, although he is likely to strengthen trilateral South Korea-US-Japan security cooperation.

Professor Chung said South Korea must accept that it cannot force North Korea to reduce or reduce the US-China standoff. He added that South Korea should instead focus on strengthening its defense capability and that the US coalition should “never dare North Korea to think of a nuclear attack on us.” He said that South Korea should also prevent the deterioration of relations with Beijing.

Domestically, some of Yoon’s key policies could face a deadlock in parliament, which remains controlled by liberal lawmakers until a general election in 2024. The Liberals recently flexed their legislative muscles by passing a controversial bill aimed at curtailing the investigative powers of state prosecutors. Critics say the bills are meant to prevent Yoon from investigating possible wrongdoing by the Moon administration.

Shaken by the massive Omicron boom in recent months, Yoon must rebuild South Korea’s pandemic response. The COVID-19 crisis has battered an economy that is already battered by a bleak job market and rising personal debt. Yoon Ko also inherited the failures of Moon’s economic policy, which critics say allowed house prices to skyrocket and widen one of the worst rich-poor gaps between developed countries.

Choi Jin said “the challenges faced by Yoon at the beginning of his presidency are the most difficult and most regressive” among South Korean presidents elected since the late 1980s, the country’s de facto democracy after decades of dictatorship. The period seen as the beginning of. Director of the Seoul-based Institute of Presidential Leadership.

Yoon, 61, has also invited criticism from some of his conservative supporters – by moving his offices from the mountainous Blue House presidential palace. Yoon said going to the center of the capital is meant to better communicate with the public, but critics question why they have made it a priority when they have many other urgent issues to deal with.

Some of Yoon’s cabinet choices are embroiled in allegations of moral lapses and misdemeanors. His health minister was accused of using his position as the head of a university hospital to help his children get into medical school. The nominee denied the allegation.

Yoon, a novice in domestic party politics as well as foreign policy, was the prosecutor-general for Moon before he resigned and joined the main conservative opposition party last year after internal feuds with Moon’s political allies. Went.

Choi said that Yoon has not yet established his solid power base within the conservative camp, one of the reasons he faces low approval ratings.

Some experts say that if the two leaders agree on steps to boost South Korea’s national security and economy, US President Joe Biden’s planned visit to Seoul next week may be a way to boost public confidence in his leadership. is a good opportunity.

The prospects for the initial round of Yun’s presidency also hinge on the election of the mayor and governor on June 1. Choi said that if the Liberals win more local government positions while maintaining a majority in parliament, “things will be really difficult for Yoon.”


Associated Press writer Kim Tong-hyung contributed to this report.

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