March 13, 2019 13:27
President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday accepted a minor opposition party's proposal to create pan-governmental agency to reduce air pollution.
Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said Moon instructed presidential policy secretary Kim Soo-hyun during a visit to Brunei to accept the proposal. Kim said the presidential office will ask former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon if he is willing to head it.
Bareun Mirae Party leader Sohn Hak-kyu proposed the idea at a party meeting last Friday, saying Korea and neighboring countries should work out together to solve the fine dust problem.
"Ban has extensive international experience such as concluding the Paris Climate Accord in 2015 and is trusted by both conservatives and progressives here," Sohn said. "He will be able to handle the matter well while cooperating with neighboring countries including China."
Ban was recently contacted by Cheong Wa Dae and will make his decision when he receives an official offer, a source said.
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