January 08, 2020 08:30
President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday said he hopes to see North Korean leader Kim Jong-un live up to his promise to visit Seoul this year and called for the two Koreas to mend their relations.
During his annual New Year's address, Moon pointed out that this year marking the 20th anniversary of the first inter-Korean summit.
He also proposed joint efforts to get the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and called for consultations to field a unified Korean team to compete in this summer's Tokyo Olympics.
He reiterated his administration's commitment to resuming inter-Korean projects that had been held back due to international sanctions against the North.
Moon also vowed to improve the economy in a way that can be felt by Koreans, mentioning the word "economy" 17 times, as many as the word "peace."
He also again pledged to stabilize home prices, signaling tougher measures and saying his administration "will never be defeated in the war against real estate speculation."
The government last month announced a new set of measures to contain soaring property prices, but they ironically led to price increases for Jeonse or Korean-style deposit leases in Seoul.
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