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South Korea’s Moon takes oath of office as president

South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday he was prepared to visit North Korea and was ready to negotiate with China and the United States over a controversial anti-missile defense system soon after he was sworn in on Wednesday.

South Korea’s president-elect Moon Jae-in speaks to supporters at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul, South Korea, May 9, 2017. Seo Myeong-gon /Yonhap via REUTERS

Moon took the oath of office in a simple ceremony in the domed rotunda hall of the parliament building, a day after his liberal Democratic Party’s decisive victory in a snap election called to find a replacement for Park Geun-hye, who was ousted in March over a corruption scandal.

(Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Paul Tait)

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