President Moon Jae-in has reaffirmed his position that public consensus is required before the special pardon of two former conservative presidents.
He made the remarks during a luncheon meeting with the newly elected mayors of Seoul and Busan at the Blue House on Wednesday.
The mayor of Busan asked the president to consider the matter to promote national unity, although he did not use the word "pardon" directly.
On vaccines, President Moon said the government is considering allowing more leeway for local governments to speed up inoculations.
As for a bid to co-host the 2032 Olympics with North Korea, President Moon said that his upcoming summit with President Biden could provide momentum for talks with the North, saying it's too early to give up on the bid just because Pyeongyang said it will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics.