He is invested in full inter-Korean tensions. The new president of South Korea, Yoon Suk-yeol, called on Tuesday, May 10, North Korea to “complete denuclearization”. In his inauguration speech, he also claimed that his neighbour’s atomic arsenal posed a danger to global security. He added that if Pyongyang “truly commits to a process of complete denuclearization”he would be ready to present a “bold plan” to revive the North Korean economy.

The 61-year-old conservative takes office as increasingly belligerent North Korea has conducted a record 15 missile tests since January, including two last week. Seoul and Washington also suspect it of wanting to resume its nuclear tests soon. Tuesday at midnight, he attended his first briefing as head of the army with the highest officials of the general staff, in the bunker located under the presidential palace.

Elected narrowly in March, Yoon Suk-yeol, a former prosecutor new to politics, came to power with a popularity rate of barely 41%, one of the lowest in the history of South Korean democracy for a beginning of term, according to a recent Gallup poll. “Today we are facing multiple crises”he added, citing the Covid-19 pandemic, supply chain issues and global conflicts which he said “throw a great shadow over us”.

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