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Pres. Moon pledges to fulfill proposed reforms, has lunch with 'five next-in-command' Updated: 2017-10-11 07:27:28 KST

During the meeting with his top aides, President Moon Jae-in pledged to improve the livelihoods of the people and implement the social and economic reforms promised by his administration.

"Our drive to reform and to clear away deep-rooted ills is aimed at changing old practices that permeate the government, the economy and our society. It is to establish a just Republic of Korea. It will also enhance our national competitiveness."
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According to the Blue House, the President also defended his pledge to create over 800-thousand jobs in the public sector during his time in office, saying this will improve public service, promote stability in families and in society, while increasing the employment rate of the younger generation.
The meeting also touched on the possible total shutdown of construction work on the Shin Kori five and six nuclear reactors, which President Moon pledged during his Presidential campaign with an emphasis on the need to gather public opinion on the controversial issue.

"The process of reaching a social consensus requires a lot of time and money. But considering the social costs we incur when such decisions are made unilaterally, I believe it's a valuable process."
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After the meeting, President Moon invited five key political and government leaders to the top office for a luncheon to brief them on the national security situation.
President Moon's top security adviser, Chung Eui-yong, was also there.
The President urged the country and its people to come together on issues regarding national security, especially during a time of escalating tension.
This was the first meeting of the so-called "five next-in-command" since the appointment of the Supreme Court's new Chief Justice Kim Meong-su.
Along with Kim, were Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, National Assembly Speaker Chung Sye-kyun, Acting Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court Kim Yi-su, and the head of the National Election Commission, Kim Yong-deok.

The Blue House also confirmed that acting Constitutional Court Chief Kim Yi-su, whose nomination was rejected by the National Assembly last month, will continue to head the Constitutional Court for the time being, at the most, until next September, which is when his 6-year-term as court justice ends.
Hwang Hojun, Arirang News.
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