Moon Marks 4th Year in Office

  • By Lee Hyun-yi

    May 10, 2021 13:21

    President Moon Jae-in delivers an address at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Monday. /Yonhap

    President Moon Jae-in delivered a special address to mark his fourth year in office at 11:00 a.m. Monday.

    In the televised speech, Moon reflected on the past four years and explained how he plans to govern in his final year in office.

    He touched on all the major issues including COVID-19 vaccinations, economic recovery and skyrocketing real estate prices. He then took questions from reporters, only 20 of whom were admitted due to coronavirus restrictions.

    Moon promised to focus "all efforts" on solving these issues in a "steady and cautious" way, adding that the remaining year is as important as the last four.

    He claimed the end of the coronavirus epidemic is "in sight" as the government is speeding up vaccinations and vowed it will do its best to achieve four percent economic growth this year.

    Moon also pledged to cooperate closely with U.S. President Joe Biden to find a breakthrough in stalemated relationship with North Korea. When they meet later this month, "we will explore a way to restore dialogue between South and North Korea, as well as North Korea and the U.S., and take the step of peace and cooperation again," he said.

    Asked about criticism over yet more corruption and sleaze among recent nominees for ministerial posts, he claimed that objections from the opposition were "unilateral" and do not mean the candidates are unfit for office.

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