After bowing to the former presidents, independence fighters and war heroes, Moon wrote in a visitor book: "A country worth being proud of; a strong and reliable president!"
Moon also said he'll "sincerely negotiate" with the United States and China over the deployment of the US's THAAD missile-defense system that's unpopular with many South Koreans.
The Trump administration is encouraging China to impose tougher sanctions on North Korea in a bid to stop its nuclear programme.
After entering Seoul's' Kyung Hee University in 1972, Moon joined a pro-democracy movement to topple the dictatorship of Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea for 18 years until his 1979 assassination. If needed I will fly to Washington immediately.
World leaders offered congratulations to the new South Korean president.
The White House also congratulated Moon, saying it looked forward to working with him to strengthen their longstanding alliance.
Some of what Moon is pitching could indeed ease tensions and potentially create the leeway both sides need to start talking to each other again. No specific timing was set.
In short, Moon talks the talk, and today he'll become the leader of South Korea.
China is South Korea's largest trading partner, with the latter exporting up to $142 billion each year to the country. It will be headed by a veteran operations officer to harness and direct the spy agency's efforts in addressing the nuclear and ballistic missile threats. The scandal involved bribery and abuse of power with one of her close friends, Choi Soon-sil, who together used their positions to demand money from major companies in South Korea. The person wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the diplomacy and demanded anonymity.
In the run up to today's elections Moon got an unlikely boost from the delusional Trump who suggested South Koreans who don't want THAAD in the first place should pay the U.S. for it. William Fallon and former State Department nuclear negotiator Robert Einhorn.
Many Kaesong businesses want Moon to hold to his promise of not only reopening the factory park but also to stick to his proposal to expand the complex by about another 25 square miles.
"Will Mr. Moon pursue a "pro-North, anti-Japan" stance?" the conservative Yomiuri newspaper said in an editorial Wednesday.
Even though he did not go to Pyongyang himself, Im was convicted and jailed over the trip.
In a move showing Pyongyang's intelligence-gathering capabilities, it went on to show what it claimed was satellite imagery of the system's precise location on a South Korean golf course.
This issue has a lot to do with the U.S. missile defense system in South Korea, dubbed the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) that is installed as a countermeasure against North Korean nukes. As for relations between China and the Republic of Korea, it has been deteriorating mainly because of the USA deployment of the THAAD system. However, the Trump administration may end up taking a cautious approach to any formal talks because South Korea is an important regional ally.
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