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Opinion

South Korean leader's Liberation Day speech offered hopeful vision

Moon Jae-in worked to diminish tensions with Japan and North Korea

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In South Korean President Moon Jae-in's Liberation Day speech, he called for a closer East Asian union   © Reuters

South Korean President Moon Jae-in defied expectations that he would use his August 15 Liberation Day speech to rally public support behind specific policies toward Japan or North Korea. Pyongyang's hostility toward further talks with Seoul and Tokyo's anti-trade measures have preoccupied domestic attention in the past few months.

Instead, he laid out a Korean vision of a more integrated East Asia in which Japan and North Korea would play key roles.

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