December 3, 2022

President Yoon Suk-yeol mentioned Wednesday South Korea has no hostile intentions towards North Korea and is prepared to hold out assist tasks for the impoverished nation so long as Pyongyang exhibits agency dedication to denuclearization.

The remarks, made in a press convention marking his 100 days in workplace, got here days after he unveiled what he described as an “audacious” supply to rebuild the North’s financial system if the regime takes substantial steps towards denuclearization.

“What I meant … was not that they’ve to finish denuclearization earlier than we do one thing. What I meant was that so long as they reveal agency dedication, we are going to do what we are able to do to assist them,” Yoon mentioned, referring to his proposal unveiled in his Liberation Day tackle Monday.

President Yoon Suk-yeol holds a information convention on the presidential workplace in Seoul on Aug. 17, 2022, on the event of his a centesimal day in workplace. (Yonhap)

Yoon additionally made clear he holds no hostile intentions towards Pyongyang.

“Guaranteeing regime safety is just not one thing the Republic of Korea authorities can do,” Yoon mentioned, utilizing South Korea’s official identify. “However neither I nor the Republic of Korea authorities desires the established order modified unreasonably or by drive in North Korea.”

Shortly after the press convention, South Korea’s navy mentioned it had detected two cruise missiles launched from North Korea into the Yellow Sea early within the morning, apparently in protest of South Korea-U.S. navy workouts.

North Korea considers the mixed workouts to be an invasion rehearsal and has claimed its nuclear weapons program is a method to ensure regime survival within the face of “hostile” U.S. intentions.

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The presidential workplace mentioned Nationwide Safety Adviser Kim Sung-han held a safety assembly and was briefed on the launch by the Joint Chiefs of Employees. He additionally checked the navy’s readiness posture.

Yoon’s “audacious plan” includes numerous applications that will be applied in phases, together with a large-scale meals program, help for energy era, and infrastructure and port tasks, within the occasion the North takes severe steps to denuclearize.

Yoon mentioned it will additionally embrace offering diplomatic assist to “normalize U.S.-North Korea, North Korea-U.S. relations.”

When requested if he plans to suggest talks with the North to be able to talk about his plan, Yoon mentioned he has famous the necessity for dialogue with Pyongyang since his marketing campaign.

“Nevertheless, I mentioned talks between the leaders of the South and the North and talks and negotiations between key working-level officers shouldn’t be a political present however useful to the precise institution of peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia,” he mentioned through the press convention.

Yoon mentioned the denuclearization roadmap he unveiled on Liberation Day is just not the identical as earlier proposals as a result of it doesn’t require the North to completely dismantle its nuclear weapons program first however quite seeks a denuclearization dedication from the North.

“Provided that we suggest an agenda first can we await the opposite aspect’s response, and solely then will it’s attainable to have significant conferences or talks crucial for the institution of peace on the Korean Peninsula,” he mentioned.

Yoon dismissed requires South Korea’s personal nuclear armament to counter North Korea’s nuclear improvement, saying he believes the Non-Proliferation Treaty regime is a crucial and important premise for lasting world peace.

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“That’s the reason, underneath any circumstance, I plan to consider constructing simpler and stronger prolonged deterrence as a precedence process,” he mentioned.

On the historic disputes between South Korea and Japan, Yoon reiterated his perception that the 2 sides will be capable to resolve them by strengthening “future-oriented cooperative relations.”

Concerning options to a dispute over the South Korean Supreme Courtroom’s ruling ordering Japanese corporations to compensate Korean victims of wartime pressured labor, Yoon mentioned the federal government is “deeply contemplating” methods to compensate the victims in a method that doesn’t battle with Japan’s sovereignty issues.

“I’m optimistic,” he mentioned.

On the potential for offering deadly weapons to Ukraine to assist its struggle towards Russia, Yoon declined to expose particulars, saying solely that the federal government plans to do its finest to assist the Ukrainian folks regain freedom and get well their destroyed nationwide property at an early date.

Yoon opened his press convention by itemizing the accomplishments of his administration in its first 100 days in workplace, together with its shift to a personal sector-led financial system, regulatory reforms and rebuilding of the alliance with america.

The press convention got here as Yoon’s picture has been badly in want of a makeover following weeks of falling approval rankings, largely attributable to poor personnel selections within the presidential workplace and the federal government.

Yoon mentioned he humbly upholds the general public sentiment and can completely look into the assorted issues which were raised.