South Korean police are investigating a bomb threat apparently planned for the inauguration of new President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul, after a post was published on a popular community website
South Korean police investigate a bomb threat at the inauguration ceremony of new President Yoon Suk-yeol in Seoul.
One person wrote on the popular community website Bobaedream that they would like to work with someone to plant a bomb at today’s inauguration ceremony.
Police are searching for the person who is also related to Yun Bong-gil, an independence fighter who killed Japanese officials during the country’s colonization of the Korean Peninsula from 1910 to 1945.
South Korea’s new President Yoon Suk-yeol faces a warlike North Korea, which has stepped up testing of new weapons this year.
Yoon, 61, won a narrow election as flag-bearer of the main conservative People Power Party in March, less than a year after entering politics after a 26-year career as a prosecutor.
He will be sworn in at a ceremony in front of the Seoul Parliament early Tuesday.
Yoon won the election on a platform of fighting corruption and creating a level playing field in the economy, amid rising public frustration over inequality and property prices, as well as smoldering gender and generational rivalry.
He will need to rein in South Korea’s inflation, which hit a more than 13-year high last month as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent commodity prices soaring and raised expectations of further central bank rate hikes, threatening growth prospects could.
AFP via Getty Images)
But Yoon could find himself at the center of international uproar over North Korea within days if it conducts its first nuclear test in five years, US and South Korean officials suspect.
North Korea put its weapons testing back on the agenda when it broke a 2017 moratorium on long-range missile tests in March.
Yoon has vowed to bolster the staunch US ally’s deterrent capability while confronting evolving northern threats while seeking a recalibration of relations with China. Both issues are likely to dominate his first summit with US President Joe Biden this month.
Yoon officially started work at midnight Monday with a bell-ringing ceremony at the Bosingak Pavilion in downtown Seoul.
The inauguration will take place on Parliament’s front yard and will be attended by around 40,000 people.
AFP via Getty Images)
The 300 foreign guests include Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan, Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi and Douglas Emhoff, husband of US Vice President Kamala Harris.
The inauguration was carried out with the slogan “Again, Republic of Korea! A New Land of the People,” which reflects Yoon’s commitment to the people and to overcoming regional, class and generational differences and promoting unity, his team said.
After the inauguration, Yoon will begin work in a new office in a former Department of Defense building on a spacious campus.
He has moved the president’s office and residence from the traditional Blue House in a plan estimated to cost £32million, which outgoing President Moon Jae-in has criticized as rushed and a national security risk.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/cops-probed-bomb-threat-ahead-26919912 Police officers investigated 'bomb threat' ahead of South Korean president's inauguration today - World News