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Moon calls on prosecutor-general to lead prosecutorial reform Updated: 2020-01-14 16:02:22 KST

Perhaps the most hotly discussed topic at President Moon Jae-in's press conference, was his drive for prosecutorial reform.
President Moon said Tuesday, that the much needed changes in the prosecution can only be completed when Prosecutor-General Yoon Seok-yeol takes the lead in such efforts.

"I believe the prosecution's reform is possible when it believes it is the arbiter. And changes regarding not only investigative methods but also the balance of power between the police and prosecution can be made only if the prosecutor-general leads such efforts."

President Moon added that the prosecution still has too much authority, despite the set of legislative bills that were passed the previous day redistributing investigative rights between the prosecution and the police.
He highlighted the need to continue to answer the public's demand for true reform.
The president also noted the great contribution made by former justice minister Cho Kuk even with the scandal surrounding him and his family having led to severe national divide.
Although apologetic to the public, he asked that they no longer fight over the issue and leave the judgement of his case to the courts.

Speaking on other issues.
President Moon reiterated his commitment to fighting real estate speculation.
Since last year, he's been calling for tighter measures to stabilize the housing market, leading to a pack of property regulations last month, including regulations on mortgage lending.
He promised to continue such efforts, even hinting at a possible 20th set of related policies.

"If it's evaluated that the government's current real-estate policy has reached its limit, we will keep coming up with stronger measures."

President Moon was also optimistic toward the overall Korean economy.
Despite various challenges both within and outside of the country, the economy is expected to record a two percent growth rate for the past year.
Exports are also forecast economic growth to increase this year.
According to the president, in the first ten days of 2020 alone, exports grew by over 5 percent compared to the previous year, and that trend is expected to continue.

"Noting that the New Year is off to a good start President Moon expressed his confidence for the domestic economy in 2020. He vowed that the government would strive to make sure the public can also feel the economic growth through real, positive changes in their everyday life. Park Hee-jun, Arirang News."
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