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South Korea’s new president says door ‘open’ for dialogue with North

South Korea’s new president, Yoon Suk-yeol, said on Tuesday that North Korea’s weapons programs pose a threat but that he is ready to provide an “audacious” economic plan if the North is committed to denuclearisation.

Mr Yoon gave the remarks in his inauguration speech after being sworn in at a ceremony in Seoul. He won a tight election in March as the standard bearer of the conservative People Power Party, less than a year after entering politics following a 26-year career as a prosecutor.

“While North Korea’s nuclear weapon programmes are a threat not only to our security and that of Northeast Asia, the door to dialogue will remain open so that we can peacefully resolve this threat,” he said.

South Korea's Yoon suggests 'audacious' economic plan if North Korea abandons nukes https://t.co/zh5NkcRd9A pic.twitter.com/WJ8GJasGuP

— Reuters (@Reuters) May 10, 2022
The newly-elected president, 61, will face two major problems as he takes office: a belligerent North Korea testing new weapons and inflation threatening to undermine an economic recovery following two years of COVID-19 gloom.


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