Moon cites success in peace-building efforts

SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in said Thursday his regional peace initiative and efforts to reach out to Asian countries are bearing fruit, suggesting no immediate shift in his major diplomatic strategy.

He made the remark in a roundtable with representatives from the Asia News Network (ANN) at his office, Cheong Wa Dae.

On his government's diplomatic policy, he cited two big changes from those of predecessors.

"First, it is to realize the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of a peace regime through an improvement in South-North relations and North Korea-U.S. ties, (namely) diplomacy and dialogue," he said.

The second is to promote Seoul's diplomatic and trade partnerships with Asian nations via the New Southern Policy and the New Northern Policy, he added.

"I think (we) have been pulling off success so far on both," he said.

The president requested South Korean and foreign news outlets to pay keen attention to his government's initiative.

The ANN, founded in 1999, is a coalition of 23 leading news organizations from South Korea and 20 other Asian nations.

In 2018, it chose Moon as the Person of the Year for his peacemaker role, highlighted by three rounds of summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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