L.A. Times: South Korea's new president takes office, signals willingness to engage in talks with North Korea
South Korea’s new president took office on Wednesday promising a more accessible and trustworthy administration — and signaling an immediate change in tone on dealing with North Korea’s emerging nuclear threat.
Moon Jae-in, a lawyer and former opposition leader, took the oath about midday — roughly 12 hours after he declared victory in a dramatic, two-month election contest to replace the country’s disgraced former president, Park Geun-hye.
In a national address, Moon sought to reassure South Koreans that their new president would be different, especially after a tumultuous several months of scandal and political upheaval that sent millions of them into the streets, week after week, seeking change.
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