South Korean President Moon Jae-in Monday called for the resumption of inter-Korean talks on his last day in office amid growing tensions on the peninsula after North Korea tested weapons in a renewed urgency this year.

"Peace is a condition of survival for us, a condition of prosperity," Moon said in his farewell speech.

"I sincerely hope that efforts for denuclearization and institutionalization of peace will continue with the resumption of dialog between the South and the North."

Hawkish Yoon Suk-yeol, a conservative former prosecutor, who has vowed to be less tolerant of Pyongyang, is set to take over from Moon on Tuesday. EFE