Yoon Suk-yeol, South Korea’s new president, received his first briefing as commander-in-chief from the Joint Chiefs of Staff at midnight on Monday.
During a period of high tension on the Korean Peninsula, Yoon began his job from an underground bunker constructed at his new presidential office.
Hours later, Yoon was sworn in as president in Seoul’s National Assembly in a large official ceremony.
“I solemnly swear before the people that I will faithfully perform the duties of the president,” Yoon declared, pledging to be tough on Pyongyang.
Yoon, on the other hand, stated in his inaugural address as president that the door to dialogue with North Korea will remain open.
He added that if North Korea began a process of total denuclearization, South Korea was willing to submit an “audacious plan” to enhance its economy.
“While North Korea’s nuclear weapons programmes are a threat not only to our security but that of Northeast Asia, the door to dialogue will remain open so that we can peacefully resolve this threat,” Yoon said.
Yoon, 61, had won an election as the main conservative People’s Power Party’s standard bearer in March, less than a year after joining politics after a 26-year career as a prosecutor.
Courtesy Bol News