North Korea reports Moon's win after delay

South Korea's new president Moon Jae In has lunch with staff of the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 12.
South Korea's new president Moon Jae In has lunch with staff of the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on May 12.PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL • North Korean state media reported the election of the South's new left-leaning President Moon Jae In after a two-day delay, but at unusual length.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) put out a four-sentence report late on Thursday on Mr Moon, who calls for dialogue, along with sanctions and pressure, to curb the North's nuclear ambitions.

"Mun Jae In... was elected to be the 19th-term 'president' with 41 per cent voting rate," it said, using the McCune-Reischauer transliteration system standard in North Korea.

That contrasted with its one-sentence Korean-language report of the election of Mr Moon's conservative predecessor, Park Geun Hye, in 2012, which did not mention her name or her support. "A candidate from the Saenuri Party was elected president in the South with a razor-thin margin," according to the 2012 dispatch that was read in full.

Mr Moon was part of the South's last liberal government, which pursued a "Sunshine policy" of reconciliation and dialogue with the North, and is expected to shift away from Park's hardline approach.

Park's term ended early when she was impeached for corruption and abuse of power. KCNA said: "The election took place before the expiry of the previous regime as traitor Park Geun Hye was dismissed from office under the unanimous demand of the South Koreans for committing the unprecedented crimes in the history of politics of South Korea."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2017, with the headline 'North Korea reports Moon's win after delay'. Print Edition | Subscribe