Moon orders gov't to deploy 'all available resources' to rescue S. Korean tourists

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Now back here in Korea,... the South Korean government is also racing against the time... exerting all-out efforts to rescue the missing South Korean tourists.
Let's bring in our chief political correspondent Shin Se-min for more,...
Se-min the president has taken immediate measures,... sending his top diplomat to the site of the incident.
And he also got off the phone with the Prime Minister of Hungary, tell us more.
Right President Moon Jae-in, after being briefed by the head of the National Security Council,... ordered all possible measures be used... included diplomatic means,... to help with the search and rescue operation of more than a dozen Korean tourists still missing after the cruise boat they were on capsized in Budapest.
And during an emergency meeting with members of related ministries earlier Thursday-- the president pressed the importance of handling the accident in a speedy manner.
"I ask that you use every possible means in the search and rescue efforts, in cooperation with the local authorities."
President Moon also got on the phone with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban to get his help in handling the situation as it unfolds.
The South Korean government reacted quickly to the news... with the president ordering the dispatch of a rescue team and the Foreign Minister herself.
Right,... shortly after being briefed on the situation by the head of the National Security Office Chung Eui-yong,... the president ordered the formation of a government-level response team,... headed by top diplomat Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.
And yes,... as part of pulling all strings possible, we were told a little while ago that Minister Kang will be leaving for Budapest late tonight to oversee and navigate the rescue and other efforts at the site to cope with the boat sinking.
The dispatch of a rescue team from Seoul includes experienced rescuers who took part in efforts when the Sewol-ho ferry capsized here in Korea 5 years ago, taking some 300 lives, mostly young students.
The top office added that all developments are being reported back to the president.
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