South Korea’s New President, Moon Jae-in, Promises New Approach to North

He also vowed to “get busy for the sake of peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Mr. Moon said he was also willing to travel to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, to meet its leader, Mr. Kim. But he cautioned that for such a trip to take place, “the circumstances have to be right.” He had earlier said that dialogue would become difficult if the North raised tensions with another nuclear test.

The last inter-Korean summit meeting was in 2007, between Mr. Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, and the president of South Korea at the time, Roh Moo-hyun, Mr. Moon’s closest friend and ideological ally.

Mr. Moon is widely expected to introduce a modified version of Mr. Roh’s so-called sunshine policy of engaging North Korea with dialogue,…

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