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Entering second half of administration, Presidential office promise patient Korean peace drive Updated: 2019-11-11 06:59:13 KST

Officially entering the second half of the Moon administration, three top presidential aides have renewed the government's policy directions on all fronts, from national security to the economy and more.
Speaking in a joint press conference, in a way not seen before with all three top policy advisors in place, the presidential chief of staff said the administration will continue patiently with its Korean Peninsula peace drive.

"The government will consistently continue pursue peace on the Korean Peninsula with patience and according to principle."

And although the peace process seems to have been stuck for some time, the nation's security chief said issues will be handled one by one with an unceasing determination for the remainder of the administration's term.

"The Moon administration will prevent a return to the way things were before 2017 and strive for an early and practical negotiation of the denuclearization process."

As for the nuclear talks between North Korea and the U.S., especially with the regime having set a deadline for talks by the year's end, the security chief said it's difficult to predict when the talks will take place, but Washington is believed to be actively encouraging Pyeongyang to negotiate.
And he added that Seoul too is working on "realistic ways" to promote "substantive cooperation" between the two Koreas while continuing to strengthen its defense posture based on the alliance with Washington.
On the security front, the president's top security chief said once relations are normalized between Seoul and Tokyo, South Korea is willing to consider extending the bilateral information sharing pact with Japan known as GSOMIA, which is due to expire this week.
Looking ahead to the remaining two-and-a-half years of the adminsitration, the presidential chief of staff said there's still a way to go, with many not yet feeling the impact of various policies.
He added that the remaining years will be a time for the Moon administration to leap towards building a new Republic of Korea on the foundation laid in the first half.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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