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Moon visits ice breaker shipyard in show of resolve for 'New Northern Policy'

2018/01/03 13:13

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SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday visited a southern shipyard to encourage local workers in charge of building icebreaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, in an onsite trip designed to underscore his resolve for the "New Northern Policy."

   Moon's initiative aims to foster greater economic cooperation with Russia, Central Asian nations and others on the Eurasian continent to cultivate new growth dynamos and help ease geopolitical tensions in Northeast Asia.

The president toured Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.'s shipyard on the southeastern island of Geoje. There, he signed the guestbook and received a briefing on the overall shipbuilding industry.

This undated file photo shows Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.'s shipyard on the southeastern island of Geoje. (Yonhap) This undated file photo shows Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co.'s shipyard on the southeastern island of Geoje. (Yonhap)

He also viewed an icebreaking LNG ship under construction and then boarded a finished LNG carrier, while company officials gave him detailed explanations on its leading-edge technologies for such vessels.

A presidential official told reporters that the shipyard's LNG carrier, which is set to play a key role in trade and commerce along Arctic shipping routes, will help advance Moon's New Northern Policy.

Moon was accompanied by top officials, including Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Paik Un-gyu, Oceans and Fisheries Minister Kim Young-choon, Financial Services Commission Chairman Choi Jong-ku and Jang Ha-sung, the presidential chief of staff for policy.

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