Commemorating the 5-hundred-and-71st anniversary of the invention of the Korean alphabet, Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon gave a speech during a ceremony at the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul on Monday.
During the speech, he highlighted the intentions of King Sejong the Great, who created 'Hangeul' in the 15th century.
"Recently the war of words surrounding our territory is getting harsher. I am sure King Sejong the Great wouldn't have expected these tough times would come when he invented Hangeul."
Prime Minister Lee claimed that the people of the Korean Peninsula -- both South and North -- are descendants of King Sejong and that he would have dreamt of us exchanging heartfelt words and living in peace and prosperity.
Lee also underscored his resolve in maintaining peace in the region.
"Our government will continue to cooperate with the international community to keep pressuring and convincing North Korea. We will also never forget -- no matter how big the problem gets between the South and the North -- to resolve any issues in a peaceful manner."
Lee expressed the government's regrets over the current situation with North Korea and said they will be the first to reflect on whether they are using the "sacred meaning" of Korean language and symbols correctly.
The prime minister also honored various people who have helped spread the Korean language around the world, and brought up the increasing popularity of Korean, with more and more people studying it as their second language.
Cha Sang-mi, Arirang News.