Yoon Suk-yeol calls for "complete denuclearisation" of North Korea, saying in his first speech as president that Pyongyang's weapons programmes were a threat to global security.
North's Kim Jong-un exchanged letters with outgoing South Korean President Moon Jae-in and thanked him for trying to improve relations, state media KCNA reports, amid tension over Pyongyang's weapons tests.
The winning candidate must tackle challenges such as the effects of South Korea's worst wave of Covid-19 infections, growing inequality and surging home prices.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in says preventing such a crisis through persistent dialogue and diplomacy will be the task that political leaders in the countries concerned must fulfil together.
The ballistic missile has been estimated to have hit a maximum altitude of 2,000 kilometres and flown around 800 kilometres for half an hour, Seoul's military said.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised to use his final months in office to push for an "end of war declaration" as a way to jumpstart stalled negotiations with North Korea.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has recently been striving for a symbolic declaration to end the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached the agreement during several exchanges of letters since April, the presidential office in Seoul said.
Leaders of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation at virtual retreat agree to step up Covid-19 vaccination sharing efforts and take action to lower costly tariffs that complicate the movement of vaccines across borders.
US President Joe Biden told a joint news conference with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in that he had named veteran diplomat Sung Kim, the former US ambassador to Seoul, as his special envoy for North Korea.
Result of the vote, held less than one year before presidential election, is in stark contrast to last year's parliamentary elections when the Democratic Party enjoyed a sweeping victory that gave it a super-majority in the National Assembly.
"Dynamite," the first all-English language single from the seven-member boy band, notches 33.9 million US streams and 300,000 sales in its first week, according to Nielsen Music data.
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