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(LEAD) President hints at appointment of FM nominee despite opposition

All News 11:01 June 15, 2017

(ATTN: RECASTS lead; UPDATES with more details, additional information)

SEOUL, June 15 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in urged the opposition parties Thursday to again consider his nominee for new foreign minister and give their blessing, saying that is what the people want and that he is ready to do what people want.

"I will follow the people's command. I ask the opposition parties to aslo respect what the people wish," the president said in a weekly meeting with his top secretaries.

Moon's remarks came after the opposition-led parliament missed its Wednesday deadline to issue a report on the outcome of a confirmation hearing for Foreign Minister nominee Kang Kyung-wha, which took place last week.

The president asked the parliament to try again and issue a report, as required by law.

However, he apparently offered his ultimatum as well.

"In the past, confirmation hearings for new ministers did not even exist. It is the opposition's role to thoroughly check and verify a nominee during a confirmation hearing. But the final decision based on the outcome of such a hearing is for the people to make. The president, I believe, has a chance to once again look back on the nomination based on the people's decision," the president said.

"Kang is a confident and great woman," he said. "She has been recognized and praised for her abilities as a diplomat in the United Nations and the international community. As they say, she is a global figure. I believe it is about time we had such a global figure as our foreign minister."

bdk@yna.co.kr
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