President Moon Jae-in has returned home following an 8-day tour across Finland, Norway and Sweden. During the three state visits, the president gave two speeches. One in Norway, and the other one in Sweden, and they both echoed Moon's primary agenda.
Today we go in-depth on the focus of president Moon's speeches, as well as the economic achivements he returned home with.
For that Dr. Kim Sang-woo, Chairman of the East Asia Cultural Project joins me in the studio.
1. Overall assessment of President Moon's trip to the three Nordic nations?
2. Let's discuss a bit about the two speeches made by President Moon during his state visit. First off, in Oslo, Norway, President Moon stressed that peace on the Korean Peninsula must be a peace for the people. Could you explain to us what this means, and give us some examples of peace that is in the interest of people's daily lives?
3. President Moon sent a bolder message to North Korea in Sweden while addressing the Swedish parliament. He urged North Korea to show the world its will to denuclearize, and that the world WILL respond by lifting sanctions. How do you see this?
4. Now to some economic gains. A large group of South Korean startups accompanied President Moon to the three nordic nations. What kind of economic achievements did the president return with?
5. President Moon, during his summit with his Swedish counterpart, said that the ratification of core International Labor Organization conventions is a shift of paradigm. Could you explain to us what he meant by shift of paradigm?
6. Could you also tell us more about what those core International Labor Organization conventions are?
7. Marking President Moon's trip to the three nations, the technological cooperation between South Korea and Northern Europe is expected to be strengthened. South Korea's three major mobile carriers presented their 5G technology in Sweden. How was it received?
8. A base center is slated to be established in Stockholm, Sweden, which will help boost exchanges of science technology with Northern Europe. What kind of role do yo expect the center to play?
9. Minister of Gender Equality and Family Jin Sun-mee also accompanied President Moon on this trip. The minister signed a MOU with the Finnish welfare ministry aiming to boost exchanges on gender equality policies. Significance?
10. President Moon is now back home, after wrapping up eight days of state visit to Finland, Norway and Sweden. The president faces a pile of pending issues, including domestic politics, diplomatic issues and the economy. What would you say is the most pressing issue that calls for a prompt action?