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Pres. likely to discuss policy direction for remainder of his term during meeting with top aides Updated: 2019-11-11 09:40:49 KST

President Moon Jae-in is likely to lay out his administration's policy direction for the remaining two-and-a-half years of this term-- during his weekly meeting with his top aides.
The president, whose term passed the halfway mark on November 9th, met with the leaders of the five political parties on Sunday night.
He also had his top aides highlight to the press the administration's resolve for the remaining half of the term.
During a joint press conference Sunday, 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 with the peace process not showing much progress, 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.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.
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