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5. S.Korea presidential candidates debate security

The front-runner in South Korea's presidential race says the country should review its security measures, as he thinks it is too dependent on the United States.

Moon Jae-in, the candidate of the largest Democratic Party, was speaking in a televised debate on Tuesday with 4 other candidates.

Moon said former presidents Lee Myung-bak and Park Geun-hye were incompetent in security matters.

He criticized the 2 conservative administrations for allowing North Korea to develop nuclear weapons that could be mounted on long-range ballistic missiles.

Moon said he values the alliance with the US, but he thinks South Korea should take the initiative in issues involving the Korean Peninsula.

Ahn Cheol-soo, a former co-leader of the People's Party, called for a strong alliance with the US to deal with North Korea.

The centrist, who is second in the opinion polls, said that if he is elected, he would appoint former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a special envoy to the US and hold a summit with President Donald Trump as soon as possible.

The election will be held on May 9th.
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