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Moon Jae-in Sworn in as 19th S. Korean President

Written: 2017-05-10 12:23:06Updated: 2017-05-10 16:45:48

Moon Jae-in Sworn in as 19th S. Korean President

Anchor: Faced with mountains of difficult pending issues, ranging from security challenges to an economic slump, Moon Jae-in has been sworn in as South Korea's 19th president after a solid victory in Tuesday's election. During his inauguration ceremony, he vowed to become a president for all people and faithfully carry out his duties.
Our Bae Joo-yon has this report.

[Soundbite: South Korean President Moon Jae-in (Korean)] 
"I solemnly swear to observe the Constitution, protect the nation, work for the peaceful unification of the fatherland ... faithfully execute the duties of the president."

Moon Jae-in of the ruling Democratic Party has been sworn in as the 19th president of the Republic of Korea. 
At an inauguration ceremony held at the Rotunda Hall of the National Assembly which started at noon on Wednesday, President Moon took an oath of office before National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun.
In a speech following the oath of office, President Moon said his head was full of blueprints for opening a new era based on unity and coexistence and pledged to faithfully execute his job as the 19th president of the nation with humility. 
The new president promised to become a president for all people, apparently mindful of the division and conflict displayed during the fierce presidential campaign period. 
The president also pledged to reach out to opposition parties for dialogue and to communicate as partners for running state affairs. He also promised to reduce the power concentrated on his role as much as possible and run key institutions of power independently. 

He said that he will move his office from Cheong Wa Dae to a new place near Gwanghwamun Square and communicate with the public often. 
On foreign policies, Moon said his administration will launch sincere negotiations with the United States and China to resolve the issues surrounding the deployment of the U.S. THAAD antimissile system. He said he'll fly to Washington shortly, if necessary, and to Beijing and Tokyo, and Pyongyang if conditions are right. 
On appointments of senior officials, the president said he'll seek out competent personnel from across the nation regardless of whether they have supported him or not and appoint the most appropriate and capable people for proper positions.  
Moon began his presidency after the National Election Commission officially declared him the 19th president of the nation at 8:09 a.m. Wednesday, and assumed duties including as the command-in-chief of the military.
He won 41-point-one percent of the vote, beating out Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party who won 24 percent in a five-way race. 
Bae Joo-yon, KBS World Radio.

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