≡ Moon Vows People-Oriented Peace Efforts At Oslo Forum
President Moon Jae-in delivered a keynote speech at the Oslo Forum, vowing to create real peace that is mutually beneficial to the South Korean public.
It was a follow-up to his landmark Berlin speech in 2017, in which he proposed a new peace initiative for the Korean Peninsula.
Moon also voiced hope to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in the near future.
Julie Sohn has more.
Speaking at the University of Oslo on Wednesday, which coincided with the first anniversary of the historic Singapore summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, President Moon underlined his resolve to continue social and economic exchanges with North Korea.
He stressed that what is most important is to deepen mutual understanding and trust to strengthen the will for dialogue.
He admitted that denuclearization talks appear to be in a stalemate but described it as part of a process to build mutual confidence.
In an interview following his address, Moon reiterated that he is ready to hold a fourth summit with leader Kim at any time.
[[clip - Moon]
"I think it's desirable for me to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, if possible, before U.S. President Donald Trump's trip to South Korea in June."
(트럼프 대통령이 6월 말에 방한하게 돼 있는데, 가능하다면 그 이전에 김정은 위원장을 만나는 게 바람직하다고 생각합니다.)
Moon also called for an early meeting between Kim and Trump, pointing out that both leaders are still expressing trust in each other and their firm resolve for further dialogue.
When asked about the letter Trump received from Kim this week, Moon said he knew of its contents beforehand, and expressed hope that denuclearization talks resume soon.
Moon arrived in Norway on Wednesday as part of his eight-day tour of Northern Europe.
The final leg of his trip is Sweden, where he is scheduled to address the country's parliament on denuclearization and Korean peace efforts.
Julie Sohn, eFM News.■[2019.06.13]
≡ Trump 'In No Rush' On N. Korea's Denuclearization
U.S. President Donald Trump says he is in no rush to denuclearize North Korea.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Polish President Andrzej Duda at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said he thinks they are going to do very well with North Korea over a period of time, while stressing his good relationship with leader Kim Jong-un.
He also added that sanctions on the North remain.
When asked by reporters to share the details of the letter he said he received from Kim on Monday, Trump merely said it was unexpected but a "very warm and very nice letter."
His remarks came on the one-year anniversary of his historic first summit with Kim last year in Singapore on June 12th.■[2019.06.13]
≡ Hungarian Authorities Fail To Find Missing Victims Inside Salvaged Tour Boat
Hungarian authorities were unable to find any missing victims during their initial search inside the tour boat salvaged from the Danube River.
According to the South Korean response team dispatched to Budapest, Hungarian police independently conducted a thorough inspection inside the vessel on Wenesday with search dogs, but did not find anything significant.
The Hungarian government has decided to allow South Korea's search team to join operations after it finished reviewing legal procedures regarding the preservation of evidence.
The Korean team is expected to send its people in to search the wreck on Thursday at around 9 a.m. local time, or 4 p.m. Korea Time.
Meanwhile, authorities have identifed the body of a South Korean male that was recovered yesterday some 80 kilometers downstream from the accident site.
So far, 23 South Koreans have been confirmed dead while three remain missing.■
≡ Seoul Stocks In Midday Trade
Turning to the local bourse, stocks in Seoul are trading _______ at this hour.
As of noon, the benchmark KOPSI was up/down/flat _____ percent at _______ while the tech-heavy KOSDAQ was up/down/flat _____ percent at _______.
The Korean currency was trading at _______ won against the U.S. greenback, up/down/unchanged _____ won from yesterday's close.■1,183[2019.06.13]
≡ Foreign Residents Required To Enroll In Natl Health Insurance Service
Foreigners residing in South Korea for more than six months will be required to enroll in the National Health Insurance Service and pay monthly fees from next month.
The state-run agency said the new regulation will take effect on July 16th.
Foreign students and marriage immigrants will also need to register with the service upon arrival in the country.
Monthly premiums start at 110,000 won with students eligible for a 50 percent discount.
The government said the change will address loopholes to block abuse of the state health insurance plan while ensuring foreigners get the same medical benefits and services as locals.■