South Korea’s Moon appoints security advisors

South Korea has been keeping its military on high alert since the North began to increase the frequency of its ballistic missile tests and threaten the region [Xinhua]

Newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in is set to overhaul Seoul’s foreign policy with particular emphasis on easing tensions with the North.

On Wednesday, Moon appointed prominent university professors Lee Sang-Chul and Kim Ki-jung to the top security advisory positions to help him formulate new policies.

Moon is seeking to reform the South’s way of dealing with the North amid the continuing tensions and war of words between Pyongyang and Washington.

His appointees will not only be tasked with security and foreign policy but will also have to draft a unification approach with the north; this has long been an initiative both Koreas have discussed during more peaceful times.

On Monday, North Korea continued with its near weekly missile tests by launching the ground-to-ground Pukguksong-2 missile.

The North’s official Korean Central News Agency reported that the Pukguksong-2 will now be produced and deployed throughout the country.

In the meantime, Moon believes taking a hardline with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will only make matters worse.

He advocates a mix of diplomacy and economic incentives to get North Korea to back away from its belligerent footing.

Moon has said that he is willing to meet with Kim to ease tensions along the Demilitarized zone.

In the coming days, Moon is expected to dispatch diplomatic and security envoys to the US, Russia, China and Japan to discuss the North Korean issue.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies