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National Assembly kicks off parliamentary audit of government bodies on Thursday Updated: 2017-10-12 12:03:07 KST

The National Assembly has kicked off its first annual parliamentary audit since President Moon Jae-in took office back in May.
Sixteen parliament committees will inspect more than 700 government bodies through early November.
For more on the audit, we connect to our National Assembly correspondent Kim Min-ji on the phone.
Min-ji, so which agencies are under the microscope on day one?

Daeun
The audits for twelve standing committees are underway today -- with top officials from the Supreme Court, and ministries of defense, foreign affairs, education and industry being questioned.
Now under the spotlight are the defense and foreign affairs ministries in light of North Korea's provocations, amid a recent exchange of harsh words between Pyongyang and Washington.

Defense Minister Song Young-moo said that Seoul will seek to regain its wartime operational control of the country's troops at an early date by discussing the time and conditions with Washington.
He said it will be an opportunity to boost the country's military capabilities and that Korea will maintain complementary relations with the U.S.
Song also ruled out the possibility of a war breaking out on the peninsula without Korea's consent.

On the diplomatic front, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said that Seoul will closely cooperate with regional powers, such as China and Russia -- and use their leverage on Pyongyang to bring it back to talks.
She reiterated that the government will seek to solve North Korea's nuclear issue through sanctions and pressure, as well as dialogue.
Rival parties, however, differed on the government's policy.
While the ruling party said it's important to establish a dialogue channel at a time of heightened tensions, the opposition again stressed the need for the redeployment of strategic assets on the peninsula.

Now as its the first audit since the change of government -- rival parties are keeping close tabs on the situation.
Tensions are expected to mount during the period -- with the ruling party vowing to shed light on the corruption of past conservative governments.
The opposition meanwhile, will likely focus on pointing out the missteps of the incumbent government and scrutinize its economic and security policies.
Back to you, Daeun.
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