S Korean liberal wins party primary, poised to become president

SEOUL: South Korean human rights lawyer Moon Jae-In won the liberal Democratic Party primary vote on Monday, setting him on course to become the next president and perhaps take a softer line on North Korea.
Moon has been leading in opinion polls ahead of the May 9 election to succeed impeached Park Geun-Hye, who was dismissed last month over a corruption scandal involving family-run conglomerates, or chaebol.
If elected, Moon, 64, is expected to soften South Korea’s policy towards North Korea, possibly delay deployment of a US anti-missile defence system that has enraged China and get tough on corporate criminals, including chaebol bosses.
“I will do everything I have to do to look after the failing standard of people’s living, revive the economy and resurrect national security that’s been riddled with holes,” Moon told an enthusiastic party crowd in his acceptance speech.
In a major policy statement in March, Moon said there was no choice but to recognise Kim Jong Un as the leader of reclusive North Korea and deal with him. — Reuters