President Moon to hold new year press conference this week

SEOUL, President Moon Jae-in will hold a press conference this week to address his administration's policy objectives for the new year, South Korea's presidential office said Sunday.

The first press conference by the president in 2019 will start at 10 a.m. Thursday, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

Moon will first give a keynote speech for about 20 minutes explaining the direction and tone of his major policies for the new year. He will then take questions from local and foreign journalists from 10:25 a.m.

It will be Moon's second new year press conference since he took over the office in May 2017.

In the 100-minute press event, Moon is expected to give his plans and thoughts regarding various issues ranging from local politics, the economy and inter-Korean relations.

An official from Cheong Wa Dae said Moon will host a question-and-answer session with reporters by himself to facilitate better communication.

"We plan to have the question-and-answer session be like a town hall meeting, and the president will take questions and give his answers in a comfortable atmosphere from beginning to end," a Cheong Wa Dae official said. "In last year's press conference, there were no follow-up questions, but this time, the president could take follow-up questions, depending on the situation."

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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