The new South Korean president said on May 10 that he would provide North Korea with what he called a “bold plan” to strengthen the economy of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, in exchange for complete denuclearization.
Yun Suk-yul said after holding an inauguration ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, to replace President Moon Jae-in.
Yun said in him Inauguration speech The resumption of North Korea’s nuclear test threatened global security, but “the door to dialogue remains open so that this threat can be resolved peacefully.”
“If North Korea embarks on a process to truly complete denuclearization, we will work with the international community to present a bold plan to significantly strengthen North Korea’s economy and improve the quality of life of its people. I’m ready to do it, “he said.
Yun added that the denuclearization of North Korea “will greatly contribute to the lasting peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and beyond.”
Yun promised to strengthen his stricter stance on North Korea and U.S. security efforts during the campaign, and if North Korea shows signs of an imminent attack, a preemptive attack may be needed. Said there is.
South Korean military officials said on May 7 that North Korea launched a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) into the sea off the east coast from Sympo, a port city that stores submarines and SLBM test firing equipment.
North Korea’s 14th missile test in 2022 took place three days before President Yun’s inauguration and before a meeting with US President Joe Biden on May 21 in Seoul.
Japan also detected the launch and claimed that the projectile was a short-range ballistic missile. Japan’s Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi said on May 10 that it appears to be the same model as the SBLM Pyongyang tested on October 29, 2021.
On April 26, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to accelerate the development of his country’s nuclear weapons while overseeing a huge military parade displaying intercontinental ballistic missiles.
“The nuclear forces of our republic should be fully prepared to fulfill their responsible mission and to exercise their unique deterrence at all times,” Kim said.
South Korea has called for a formal declaration to end the Korean War of 1950-53 in order to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula. But North Korea argues that it needs to end the US “hostile act” against North Korea before a formal treaty to end the war. The two countries agreed on an armistice agreement in 1953.
The United States has repeatedly stated to North Korea that it has “no hostile intentions” and has expressed its intention to negotiate with North Korea without preconditions.
Reuters contributed to this report.