SEOUL, May 10 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in took the oath of office Wednesday with a promise to push for national unity and cohesion following the removal of his predecessor for corruption.
Moon was inaugurated a day after being elected with 41.1 percent of the vote after a bitterly divisive five-way race.
"I will become a president of all people," the new leader said at his inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly, acknowledging that those who did not support him were also part of the nation.
"My head is full of a blueprint to open a new world of unity and coexistence," he said in an address to the nation. "I declare that I will fulfill my responsibilities and calling as the 19th president of the Republic of Korea with a fearful but humble heart before history and the people."
President Moon Jae-in takes the oath of office during his inauguration ceremony at the National Assembly in Seoul on May 10, 2017. (Yonhap)
Moon reiterated he would relocate the presidential office to Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, as soon as preparations are made, as his first measure to break away from an imperious and uncommunicative presidency.
"At times, I will hold large debates on Gwanghwamun Square. I will share the president's imperial powers as much as possible," he said.
He vowed to appoint government officials from all regions based only on ability and suitability regardless of whether they support him or not. And he vowed to give priority to tackling North Korea's nuclear programs and resolving disputes over the deployment of a U.S. missile defense system here.
"If necessary, I will fly straight to Washington," he said. "I will go to Beijing and Tokyo and under the right circumstances go to Pyongyang as well.
Moon's five-year term began earlier in the day after his election was confirmed by the National Election Commission. The election was triggered by the impeachment of Park Geun-hye.