President Moon Jae-in called for bipartisan efforts Monday to resolve the North Korean nuclear issue peacefully, noting the country was now facing what he called an "unprecedented" security crisis.
"As this unprecedented tense security crisis continues to surround the Korean Peninsula, I ask for bipartisan support of the ruling and opposition parties, as well as the people, at least on this issue," the president said while meeting his top aides for a weekly meeting held at the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae.
Moon's remarks came after the presidential office said it would seek to arrange a special meeting between the president and the heads of the five ruling and opposition parties.
Cheong Wa Dae said the president will personally explain the outcome of his recent trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, where he also held a series of summit talks with other global leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump.
"There were many good results, but the most important one was that we reaffirmed the international community's commitment to strong sanctions against North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations, along with its commitment to the principle of peaceful resolution, through summit meetings with the leaders of various countries," the president said, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.
Still, many believe the meeting between the president and political party leaders will also provide a chance for Moon to ask for opposition support on the North Korean nuclear issue and many others, including the appointment of Moon's designates for various top government posts.
The opposition-led parliament earlier rejected Moon's nominee for the new chief of the Constitutional Court.(Yonhap News)