September 15, 2017 11:36
President Moon Jae-in has been chosen as a recipient of the 2017 Global Citizen Award by Atlantic Council, a U.S. think tank, Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday.
Two other recipients are Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese star pianist Lang Lang.
Since he took office in May, Moon has been "implementing strong reform policies to resolve daunting, major issues ranging from eradicating deep-rooted problems that exist in the political and economic system to addressing the North Korean nuclear crisis and creating jobs," the Atlantic Council said.
The obscure think tank started the awards in 2010 and has somewhat indiscriminately doled them out to famous names, from former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
Moon will accept the award on Sept. 19, when he is in New York to attend the UN General Assembly.
Meanwhile, as the first leg of his U.S. itinerary Moon is also going to visit a Catholic monastery in New Jersey next Monday, which became the home of a hero of the Korean War.
Leonard LaRue was the captain of the SS Meredith Victory, a U.S. merchant marine cargo ship, that evacuated some 14,000 refugees from Hungnam in North Korea to safety during the Korean War. He spent the rest of his life as a monk at St. Paul's Abbey in Newton.
Moon's parents were among those evacuated by the Meredith Victory, and he wants to express his gratitude to LaRue, who died in 2001.
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