On Tuesday, Yoon Suk-Yeol was sworn in as South Korea’s new president. The swearing-in ceremony was celebrated in a huge ceremony at Seoul’s National Assembly.
Yoon Suk-Yeol said, “I solemnly swear before the people that I will faithfully perform the duties of the president”. He promised an “audacious” plan for North Korea and reinforced the South’s democracy and freedom.
The former prosecutor won the election with a slim margin in March by promising to “sternly deal” with the threat posed by Kim Jong Un’s regime. He spoke in front of the parliament calling North Korea’s nuclear weapon program a “threat” to the region.
However, he added that the door to dialogue and peaceful resolution remains open and would like to help improve life in North Korea in return for greater security. He said that if North Korea embarks on a process to complete denuclearization, his government is prepared to work with the international community to present an audacious plan that will vastly strengthen North Korea’s economy. According to him. Denuclearization would “greatly contribute to bringing lasting peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula and beyond”.
As part of his election campaign, Yoon promised to take a tougher stance against North Korea; a departure from Moon’s approach that had consistently promoted peaceful reconciliation.