The remarks were made by Yun, a conservative member of the People’s Power Party, after he was sworn in as the country’s new leader at a ceremony in the capital, Seoul, to replace outgoing President Moon Jae-in.
“Today, we face a number of crises,” Yoon said, referring to the CoVID-19 epidemic, climate change and many other economic and social issues.
“As the new president, I am overwhelmed by the glorious task of rescuing our nation from the latest crises,” he added. “I am also grateful to be entrusted by the people of this great nation. I am confident that once again we will overcome it.”
“If North Korea really starts the process of denuclearization, we are ready, together with the international community, to come up with a bold plan that will give a big boost to the North Korean economy,” he said. But it will strengthen and improve the lives of its people. “
He added that denuclearization would go a long way in bringing lasting peace and prosperity to the Korean Peninsula and beyond.
During his campaign, Yoon pledged to take a hard line on North Korea – a departure from Moon’s view, which has consistently promoted peaceful reconciliation.
In contrast, Yoon has vowed not to relax sanctions or make a peace deal unless the North makes active efforts for “complete and verifiable nuclear disarmament,” saying earlier this year that He will “create a powerful military force that can certainly stop any provocation.”
In comparison, it conducted only four tests in 2020, and eight in 2021.
At the inauguration, Yoon also addressed a number of domestic issues, including rising unemployment and slowing economic growth. He vowed to encourage “social mobility” by transforming it and highlighting scientific advancement and technological advancement as key priorities in building the economy.
The speech was followed by the inauguration of the Blue House, presidential office on national television, and a number of performances by a choir and orchestra.
Yoon is a newcomer to politics, having spent the last 27 years of his career as a prosecutor. He began his political career after conducting a high-level investigation into corruption scandals that have troubled Moon’s aides.