Moon Jae-in becomes President of South Korea
Thursday, May 11, 2017
assumed the office of of yesterday. He was announced the winner of Tuesday's election, with 41.1% of the vote, and sworn in yesterday at the . Moon is succeeding the impeached President .
Moon has promised to unite his country, which faces tensions due to the corruption scandals of the previous president. He has also vowed to promote peace between the two Koreas. One way Moon is attempting to improve the relationship between South Korea and North Korea is by reopening the Kaesong Industrial Region, an industrial park on the Korean border jointly run by both Koreas. Moon also wishes to reform , a type of conglomerate run by powerful families. An example of a chaebol is , whose vice-chariman was arrested for allegations of bribery under the previous president Park Guen-hye.
In more international affairs, Moon has said he is reconsidering the China.(Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) deployments of the , as he believes they could damage relations with
Moon's parents were North Korean refugees. He worked as a human rights lawyer after serving in the South Korean special forces.
- "South Korea's Moon Jae-in sworn in vowing to address North" — , May 10, 2017
- Kim Tong-Hyung (South Korea's new president is already making big moves — including reconsidering the US anti-missile system" — , May 10, 2017