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Under right conditions will visit Pyongyang: S.Korea's Moon

Kenny Thornton | 10 May, 2017, 14:25

South Korea is a key United States ally, but when it comes to relations with the country's northern neighbor, Moon could find himself at odds with President Donald Trump.Whereas Park and her conservative predecessors took a hard-line approach toward the North, Moon believes that policy isn't working-he points to the reality that North Korea has continued to develop nuclear weapons.

"Our two countries have extensive cooperation on political, economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges in the bilateral, regional, and multilateral spheres", Abella said.

Moon won 41 percent of the nearly 33 million votes cast, the National Election Commission said.

The surprising speed with which Moon assumed office - one day after election - was because the country's former president, Park Geun-hye, had been impeached and removed from office, leaving a caretaker government in control. He also said he is prepared to negotiate over a contentious missile-defense system deployed in the country by US that Beijing objects to.

Exit polls in South Korea predicted a win for left-leaning, former human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In after the country's historic elections on Tuesday. Even if the remaining uncounted votes go to Hong, he will not defeat Moon.

National elections are public holidays in South Korea and figures showed a turnout of 77.2% - the highest for 20 years in a presidential poll. While tensions are high over the North's nuclear and missile programs, Moon said he backed engagement with Pyongyang.

With around 34 percent of the vote counted, Moon had 39.36 percent of the vote followed by conservative Hong Jun-pyo at 26.71 percent and centrist Ahn Cheol-soo with 21.8 percent.

Stroman, Pillar lead Jays past Indians 4-2 in ALCS rematch
The Blue Jays and their fans had to figure there would be plenty more moments like that but the winter turned ugly for both sides. Pillar made a full-extension diving grab in deep center to rob Ramirez of a seemingly certain extra-base hit.

Former Secretary of Defense William J. Perry told Vocativ during a Reddit AMA that since Moon would likely seek dialogue with North Korea, and since Trump has already said he is open to such a dialogue, that the relationship between the two leaders could be "off to a good start".

The White House congratulated Moon, saying it looked forward to working with him to strengthen the longstanding U.S.

Moon, whose campaign promises include a "National Interest First" policy, has struck a chord with people who want the country to stand up to powerful allies and neighbors.

Moon, 64, is expected to have his first conversation with Trump in a phone call Wednesday, Yonhap news agency said, citing unnamed Seoul diplomats.

He has been critical of the two previous conservative administrations for failing to stop North Korea's weapons development.

A Moon Jae-in presidency would represent a real shift in attitude towards North Korea.


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