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Moon Jae-in

North Korea reports on Moon Jae-in’s election win in the South ... two days later

PUBLISHED : Friday, 12 May, 2017, 2:11pm
UPDATED : Friday, 12 May, 2017, 11:00pm

North Korean state media reported the election of the South’s new left-leaning president Moon Jae-in after a two-day delay, but at unusual length.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) put out a four-sentence report late on Thursday on the victory of Moon, who called for dialogue, along with sanctions and pressure, to curb the North’s nuclear ambitions.

“Mun Jae-in ... was elected to be the 19th-term ‘president’ with 41 per cent voting rate,” it said, using the McCune-Reischauer transliteration system that is standard in North Korea.

That contrasted with its one-sentence Korean-language report of the election of Moon’s conservative predecessor Park Geun-hye in 2012, which did not mention her name or her support.

“A candidate from the Saenuri Party was elected president in the south with a razor-thin margin,” that dispatch read in full.

The North did not report the victory of the South’s previous president Lee Myung-bak at all.

Moon was part of the South’s last liberal government, which pursued a “Sunshine policy” of reconciliation and dialogue with the North, and is widely expected to shift away Park’s hardline approach.

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Park’s term ended early when she was impeached for corruption and abuse of power, and KCNA said: “The election took place before the expiry of the previous regime as traitor Park Geun-hye was dismissed from office under the unanimous demand of the south Koreans for committing the unprecedented crimes in the history of politics of South Korea.”