South Korean President Moon Says Open to North Korea Visit
Newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday he is willing to visit North Korea, and to negotiate with China and the United States over the controversial deployment of a U.S. missile defense system in South Korea.
Moon took the official oath of office during a ceremony in Seoul following Tuesday's election victory.
South Korea's election commission said Moon won 41 percent of the vote, beating out conservative Hong Joon-pyo, who finished at 24 percent, and centrist Ahn Cheol-soo, who got 21 percent.
"I will be president for all South Koreans," the Liberal Democratic Party of Korea candidate told cheering supporters in Seoul, after his two closest rivals conceded defeat.
Voter turnout was historically high at 77 percent following a tumultuous political period in which ex-President Park Geun-hye was removed from office.
UN Condemns Killing of 4 Peacekeepers in CAR
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the killing of four peacekeepers in the Central African Republic, following an attack on their convoy by suspected anti-Balaka militants.
MINUSCA, the U.N. mission in the C.A.R., issued a statement Tuesday confirming the death of one Cambodian peacekeeper and later added it was "deeply saddened to confirm that three of the four peacekeepers that were missing in action since yesterday's attack have been found dead."
The convoy was attacked near Yogofongo village, more than 470 kilometers from the central African country's capital Bangui.
Guterres also called on all parties in the C.A.R. "to heed President Faustin Archange Touadera's call to cease violence and work together towards the stability of the country."