Yoon, who was sworn in at the ceremony held in the square in front of the National Parliament, assumed his duty that will last until 2027.
Speaking at the ceremony attended by more than 40 thousand people, including foreign delegations, the 61-year-old new President emphasized “dialogue with North Korea and the market economy”.
Yoon said, “I stand before you today with humility in the face of the trust and responsibility you have placed in me, and with the awareness of my serious duty to rebuild the nation.” said.
“The call of our generation is to build a nation that embraces liberal democracy and provides a thriving market economy,” said Yoon, underlining the “values of freedom and sustainable peace.”
Yoon stated that they will strive to resolve the “threats” posed by North Korea through peaceful methods and dialogue, and noted that they will “continue the dialogue despite the threat”.
“North Korea’s nuclear weapons programs are a threat not only to us but to the security of Northeast Asia.” However, Yoon said that “the door to dialogue will remain open to resolve this threat peacefully”.
“We are ready to work with the international community to present the ‘bold plan’ that will greatly strengthen its economy if the North truly goes through full denuclearization,” Yoon said. he said.
The wife of US Vice President Kamala Harris, Doug Emhoff, Chinese Vice President Wang Chishan, Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa and former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio attended the ceremony.
Han Duck Soo will serve as Prime Minister in the 5-year Yoon administration.
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