North Korea's Nuclear Issues'
President Moon Jae-in made a visit to the United States and the G-20 summit meeting, and stated that there were successful outcomes, such as taking the initiative on North Korea.
However, he also stated that we should face reality more strictly as it was realized that Korea lacks practical power to take the initiative on issues within the Korean Peninsula.
Lee Kyung-hee has more.
President Moon presided over a Cabinet meeting, and he personally explained the outcomes of the G-20 summit meeting and his visit to the United States.
He assessed that many great outcomes were made through the summits and one-on-one meetings. For example, South Korea was able to speak about its position on issues with North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.
<Moon Jae-in / President> "I believe we had great results. We were able to form an international consensus as we brought up North Korea's nuclear issues as an agenda despite the fact that issues on North Korea's nuclear program were not an agenda for the G-20 summit."
The peace initiative of the Korean Peninsula proposed in Berlin has a far way to go. However, he also stated that North Korea has no choice but to accept the initiative saying that the initiative is the way that South and North Korea should take to develop their relationship.
However, he also stated that we should strictly accept the fact that South Korea has no realistic power to take the lead on nuclear issues with North Korea, and also added that South Korea should enhance its diplomatic capability so that it can accomplish its goals as South Korea prioritizes national interests.
<Moon Jae-in / President> "Issues within the Korean Peninsula are the most imperative issue that we have. However, in reality, we do not possess the power to resolve and negotiate on the issues."
President Moon also stated that international organizations, such as OECD, predicted the recovery of the global economy, and also mentioned about the necessity to distribute supplementary budget stating that countries are doing the best in a bid to follow the growing economy trend.
<Moon Jae-in / President> "This will be the power that makes the economy of South Korea rise out of the 2 percent growth rate."
This was the second time that President Moon presided over a Cabinet meeting since the 27th of last month. The number of newly appointed State Council members outnumbered the number of existing State Council members thanks to the participation of Yoo Young-min, the minister of science, ICT and future planning, and Chung Hyun-back, Minister of Gender Equality and Family, who were appointed through the electronic approval system.
Lee Kyung-hee reporting for Yonhap News TV
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