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Special Address by President Moon Jae-in to Mark Four Years in Office
May 10, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Fellow Koreans, My term in office will end in a year. This is typically the time to think about how to bring things to a close. However, I feel the remaining one year is more important than any part of the past four years. We are still in a crisis, and the people are unable to return to ...

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Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at 2nd Special Meeting to Check Epidemic Prevention and Control against COVID-19
May 03, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Even though disease control authorities and respective ministries and agencies have been working hard, a special meeting to check epidemic prevention and control has been convened again in just three weeks. It aims to further enhance government-wide response levels regarding anti-epidemic me...

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Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at Dedication Ceremony of Gwangju Global Motors’ Plant
Apr 29, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Good afternoon, everyone. The ceremony to mark completion of the Gwangju Global Motors plant is finally being held today. Looking back at the time and effort spent on this project so far, the citizens of Gwangju must truly be overwhelmed and bursting with pride. This finished vehicle ass...

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Opening Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at 18th Cabinet Meeting
Apr 27, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Let me begin the 18th Cabinet Meeting. The advance GDP estimate for the first quarter released today by the Bank of Korea shows that our economy in the first three months of this year has already surpassed its pre-COVID-19 state. This quarterly growth rate beats the expectations of inter...

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Opening Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at Meeting with His Senior Secretaries
Apr 26, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Today, we have three outside experts from the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning joining us to discuss items on the agenda – Commission Chairman Cho Dae-yeop, the head of its Support Group for Administrative Tasks Yun Tae-beom and the head of its Research Group for Future Polic...

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Remarks by H.E. President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea at the Leaders Summit on Climate
Apr 22, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Honorable President Biden, Your Excellencies, This evening, on Earth Day, the Korean people turned their lights off for ten minutes and heeded the whispers of the earth. I hope that the warm support of Koreans will reach out to all the countries that are in the fight against climate cha...

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Opening Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at Meeting with His Senior Secretaries
Apr 19, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Today, two outside experts – Vice President Kang Yong-seong of the Korea Software Industry Association and President Moon Yong-sik of the National Information Society Agency – are joining us to discuss items on the agenda. Please welcome them with a round of applause. Newly appoi...

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Opening Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at Expanded Meeting with Economy-related Ministers
Apr 15, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Good afternoon, everyone. We have to make our economy recover and take off at the same time. Today’s expanded meeting with economy-related minsters has been arranged with a view to further reinforcing cooperation among businesses as well as between businesses and the Government to ...

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Opening Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at 16th Cabinet Meeting
Apr 13, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) Let me begin the 16th Cabinet Meeting. The Government should attend to state affairs unwaveringly with an attitude of assuming full responsibility for the people. There must not be even the slightest moment of negligence with regard to epidemic prevention and control, the economy, people&...

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Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at Special Meeting to Check Epidemic Prevention and Control Readiness against COVID-19
Apr 12, 2021
(Unofficial Translation) This special meeting on epidemic prevention and control has been urgently convened to closely assess the current state of vaccine procurement, inoculations and disease fighting measures as well as to enhance the level of government-wide responses. The recent spread of COVID-19 around the ...