President Moon Jae-in has expressed hope South Korea and the U.S. can cooperate toward a declaration formally ending the 1950-1953 Korean War saying it'll pave the way for peace and make their alliance even greater.
He made the remarks Wednesday during a virtual keynote speech for the 2020 Annual Gala of the Korea Society a non-profit organization based in New York that works to enhance ties between Seoul and Washington.
I hope our two countries work can toward the end-of-war declaration and draw active participation from the international community. Our alliance will become even greater when we deter war, while actively creating and institutionalizing peace.
Noting the stalled peace drive on the peninsula, President Moon said the allies cannot backtrack on their hard-earned progress.
The president added South Korea will engage in close communication and coordination with the U.S., as well as continue efforts to build trust with North Korea with an open mind and heart.
As for Seoul-Washington relations, President Moon said the alliance has become stronger and more mature over the past 67 years with the allies cooperating on both regional and global issues.
He stressed that it's time to take relations to another level, noting President Trump's decision to invite South Korea to the next G7 summit.
I see it as America's call on South Korea to assume responsibility and a role commensurate with our international stature based on the deep mutual trust between us.
President Moon added Seoul will live up to these expectations and also join concerted global efforts to beat to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.