"North Korea's Favored Candidate", Liberal Moon Jae-in Wins South Korea Presidential Election

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Having lost to Park Geun-hye in the 2012 presidential election, liberal Moon Jae-in is poised to become the new South Korea president according to an exit poll from today's South Korean election, according to which Moon was estimated to have collected 41.4% of all votes. The front-runner was followed by Hong Joon-pyo of the conservative Liberty Korea Party with 23.3% . Ahn Cheol-soo of the center-left People's Party came in third with 21.8%.

Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook

North Korea has indicated that Moon is its favored candidate, with state media recently calling on South Korean voters to “punish the puppet group of conservatives” associated with Park.

The son of North Korean refugees, Moon criticized the early installation of a U.S. missile shield on South Korean soil and has said he’d meet with Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances.

As Bloomberg observes, the left-leaning Moon has long led opinion polls in an election triggered by the impeachment of former President Park Geun-hye, who was ousted in March and is now in jail while on trial for corruption charges. He has pledged a softer touch with North Korea and tougher action against family-run conglomerates that dominate Asia’s fourth-biggest economy.

After casting his vote on Tuesday, Moon issued a call for unity. “I myself will be the first to make such efforts by embracing other candidates and their parties for harmony,” he said. “I hope the people do what they can do until the end of the election but come back as one after the election for the nation’s unity."

Moon's expected victory is perhaps most notable because Moon’s expected victory could herald an era of rapprochement with North Korea, and an unlikely meeting of minds with Donald Trump over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. "We are a target': South Korean village wakes up on frontline with North. The 64-year-old liberal has positioned himself as the only candidate qualified to reunite the country after the bitter divisions that opened up over that Park’s allegedly corrupt relationship with her longtime friend and confidante Choi Soon-sil.

A brief profile on the country's new president from the Guardian:

While Park sits in detention awaiting trial on charges that could lead to her being sentenced to life in prison, Moon has tapped into the country’s appetite for change to open up a double-digit lead over his closest rival, the centrist software entrepreneur Ahn Cheol-soo. In a month of rising tensions on the Korean peninsula over Pyongyang’s nuclear and ballistic missile programmes, Moon has criticised the hard line pursued by Park and her predecessor, Lee Myung-bak, pointing out that a decade of conservative rule had done nothing to arrest the regime’s nuclear programme.


Eager to court the older conservative voters who consigned him to a narrow defeat five years ago, Moon has shown himself to be a pragmatist. He has stopped short of overtly criticising Trump’s aggressive tone during the most recent crisis on the Korean peninsula, and has declared that he and the US president are “on the same page” in regarding the Obama administration’s policy of “strategic patience” as a failure.


Working-level “talks about talks” with North Korea are a possibility, according to Moon’s foreign policy adviser, but, like Trump, the candidate has so far ruled out a summit with Kim Jong-un unless the regime commits to abandoning its nuclear ambitions.


Although Moon was critical of Washington’s “undemocratic” rush to deploy its missile defence system in a South Korean village late last month, he has said only that he would “review” its future if elected president. He also supports the reopening of the Kaesong industrial complex, a joint North-South project that was regarded as a symbol of cross-border cooperation until it was “temporarily” closed in early 2016.


Given the speculation that North Korea could be preparing to conduct its sixth nuclear test in just over a decade – a move that the White House has hinted could invite military retaliation – it is easy to forget that Tuesday’s vote, called seven months early, was initially prompted by issues closer to home.


Moon has promised to reform South Korea’s family-run conglomerates – or chaebol – whose shady ties to senior politicians were exposed by the Park scandal, and to address pressing domestic problems such as rising inequality and youth unemployment.


The eldest son of a refugee from North Korea, Moon can claim to have played a role in significant moments in South Korea’s modern history.


After a career as a human rights lawyer, he served as chief of staff to the then president Roh Moo-hyun, whose pursuit of his predecessor Kim Dae-jung’s “sunshine policy” of engagement with Pyongyang Moon hopes to emulate – this time as South Korea’s leader.

Since Moon’s stance on North Korea could put him at odds with U.S. President Donald Trump, who has stressed that he could take military action to halt the isolated nation’s nuclear ambitions, this may be another potential diplomatic fiasco in the making. Meanwhile, at home Bloomberg adds that Moon faces the task of healing a nation which is still reeling from the graft probe that culminated in Park’s arrest in March after months of street protests. He is expected to add fiscal stimulus to create jobs for disaffected youth and bolster an economy forecast to expand this year at the slowest pace since 2012.

If Moon's is confirmed, Moon will be sworn in on Wednesday after the release of the official result. Most candidates, including Moon and Ahn, have said they would skip a lavish inauguration ceremony and start work straight away.

The new leader is expected to quickly name a prime minister, who will need parliamentary approval, and main cabinet positions, including national security and finance ministers, which do not need parliamentary confirmation.

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ThaBigPerm's picture

Didn't they arrest their last president?  I dunno ... somehow they seem to be able to actually arrest politicians.

JackT's picture

They can be a bit slippery

Looney's picture


Moon Jae-in sound very similar to Moonshine.  ;-)


Pandelis's picture

 elections fixed from north korea?


anyone asked Obama about it?

Manthong's picture

So how many refugees has the wealthy S Korea taken in?

J S Bach's picture

I prefer the more conservative candidate, Fuk Yoo-Un.

SolidAssets's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

JohninMK's picture

Fingers crossed, this could be the best chance for peace on the peninsular for a long time.

reload's picture

Hopefully - but I expect a few of the good old folks at Langley will be having a rather awkward debreif a little later today !

X- x3's picture

"If Moon's is confirmed, Moon will be sworn in on Wednesday after...."..

.....Shootin'-the-MOON to ....tronald-dump....

Eat some choclato-coke-cake tronald.

Now piss in someone else's bed.....preferrably Jerry & Iwantyou's.....


ps, U & BB have been exposed!!!...U Freaks!

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

Don't muddy the waters you silly cvnt


thunderchief's picture

Young people voted for him.  Ms.  Park, the last president and  the Daughter of former president Park Jung Hee, assassinated, as well as his wife, is now sitting in a jail cell.  Sad story. She shut down the free trade zone on the border.  Much of NK saber rattling may be due to this election.   The South Korean millenials win!  Like it or not.

stitch-rock's picture

Does the DOD have a Nail-gun satalite in orbit?

NoDebt's picture

<-----  Those still have to be "hand delivered"


ds's picture

Atop of an economy rocking with a hig debt/GDP ratio, this political overture to NK is going to be a boon to Asia's disequiilrium. The political risk engendered by economic degradation is a cocktail. Kudos South Korea

flapdoodle's picture

That Anonymous video is just a rehash of news that was current days ago. (Thankfully) not very convincing. Kudos to Trump so far for backing down from his previous crazyness. He may even become as good at backing down as Obama, this being Obama's ONLY redeeming value.

JoshuaChua's picture

Yes. They are different from USA.  There you will need to send the entire congress into the gas chamber to save America.

roddy6667's picture

Wow! A South Korean president that is not a US puppet?

TheNuclearGenie's picture

I don't like this at all. Anyone with ties to the North Korean regime is not trustworthy. The US should take the measures necessery to remove this man from office as soon as possible and replace him with someone who can be tough against North Korea.

wow thats crazy's picture

So true not enough Koreans have been Killed by US military!


Source for death toll: Necrometrics

Few people know that more bombs were dropped on Korea from 1950-1953 than on all of Asia and the Pacific islands during World War II. In fact, the war became such a mess that President Truman even came seriously close to deploying an atomic bomb. U.S. Major General Emmett O'Donnell Jr. testified before senate and stated: "I would say that the entire, almost the entire Korean Peninsula is just a terrible mess. Everything is destroyed. There is nothing standing worthy of the name . . . There [are] no more targets in Korea."




Vageling's picture

Do Koreans get a say too? Or nowadays we replace whoever we want while keep the sheep calm with some muh democracy drivel? 

Yeah, not calm herded sheeple anymore, as they will stampede.

You have a dangerous (and flawed) way of thinking.

lakecity55's picture

Just in from cia: Fatboi hacked the elections!

BigFatUglyBubble's picture

His Commodore 64 super mighty technology busted through our cyber-defenses like a hot knife through butter!

wow thats crazy's picture

you remeber Ghost and Goblins? commando? that system had some pretty cool games!!

you_are_cleared_hot's picture

I wonder if the "fist fight" breaks out before Moon takes office...well, this certainly changes the calculus of the whole equation. Popcorn anyone?

Volkodav's picture

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ipso_facto's picture

Congratulations!  Can the US withdraw from South Korea now?

HenryHall's picture

There is a real danger that the two Koreas will make peace with each other.

The US will not allow that. No way.

Sandmann's picture

US needs bases near China so South Korea cannot leave The Empire

joeyman9's picture

Withdraw??? They are about to be evicted.

vegas's picture

i voted for Ho Lee Sheet, but apparently he lost.



Arrest Hillary's picture

Hillary should be in prison .... awaiting conviction .... on her basket of crimes .... which could result in lifetime imprisonment ?

Aristofani's picture

Well while the neoliberal turds were in Paris, the neocon whores in Syria and the CIA scumbags in Caracas, the wiley folks of a big Asian economy just told them all to fuck themselves. When is the next Japanese election? So the "pivot to Asia" can be a response of, piss off from Asia.

Bavarian's picture

The media dropped the ball on the Russian hacking fantasy.

aliens is here's picture

Good maybe they can kick the USSA out and we can finally save some money for roads.

cannonfodder's picture

That is only one of 750+ US bases around the globe, and it's key in continuing the Obama/Clinton containment of China and preparation for WWIII.  Your politicians don't give a shit about your roads, bridges, or anything that doesn't generously kick back to their personal (looted) wealth.

joeyman9's picture

Most of those "bases" are as few as a dozen people or maybe a few hundred.  Korea is over 40,000 soldiers (plus support activities).  That's a big dent in money the US Govt Spends Overseas.

joeyman9's picture

But a tour in Korea is a career step for a lot of Army People.  Now they'll never get promoted!!!!

GestaltNine's picture

poor Korea, they will always be somebody's doormat, they never have effective leadership so they get pushed around by anybody and everybody

no one wants the Koreas united except Koreans and they have no say in the matter as both at the end of the day are controlled by totalitarian military regimes that answer to greater powers 

Sizzurp's picture

If the South wants us out, we should get the hell out.

panicearly's picture

Peace potential? Its panic time.

Sparehead's picture

It must be trendy now for every nation to have their own Obama. Canada did it, and now France and S Korea too. There's so much leftist hope yet to change.