South Korea’s Yoon: efforts to improve people’s lives had fallen short

By Thomson Reuters May 8, 2024 | 8:19 PM

SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol said on Thursday his government’s efforts to improve people’s lives had fallen short, as he held a rare news conference to mark his first two years in office.

Yoon also said a new government ministry will be created to address the country’s record low birth rate and fast ageing society.

Yoon’s comments in his first news conference in 21 months come after the defeat of his People Power Party in the April 10 vote prompted calls for a change in his leadership style and policy direction to salvage a presidency not yet at the halfway point.

(Reporting by Jack Kim; Editing by Ed Davies)