* Date : 2019-09-20
On September 19th, 2018, president Moon gave a speech to 150 thousand-North Koreans at Pyeonyang’s Rungrado May Day Stadium. It was a first speech by a South Korean president towards North Koreans. In a speech to nearly 7 minutes, president Moon mentioned the words, 'ethnic' and 'compatriots'.
President Moon talked about how South and North should reconcile as one nation, no longer being enemies.
The three-year Korean War began in 1953, leaving numerous victims and separated families. The preconceptions of the younger generation, who had not experienced their separation from their families in person, were carved as deeply as the years of the 70-year division. Overcoming cultural and psychological differences between the two Koreas has emerged as an important issue to be discussed in advance in order to be reborn as a true nation and life community.
Professor Lee Eun-Jeung (Free University of Berlin, Germany) stressed the importance of "exchange" in Germany's previous case of unification, and stressed the need to create a "field of communication" where the two Koreas can communicate with each other. The Gaesong Industrial complex was a leading "communication ground" and a "testing ground" for the South and the North, where she first experienced the formation of a new homogeneity and culture between South and North Korean workers.
After president Moon took office, various exchanges are being done in public and private level through fast-paced ‘peaceful exchanges’ policy. Peace on the Korean Peninsula will be the greatest force that will lead to common prosperity between the two Koreas, and the united Korean Peninsula will be reborn as an innovative inclusive nation capable of solving various problems as a middle power. The Korean Peninsula of peace and co-prosperity, which will continue and create a new century.