I am grateful to you all for joining us in celebrating its first anniversary.
We are entitled to live in peace.
We have the potential to set our sights beyond the Korean Peninsula
and reach out to the continent.
We have grown wise enough not to be swayed by ideology.
We know all too well that we can usher in a new future only when we
connect and come together as one.
The agreements in the Panmunjom Declaration are being implemented
one by one.
Both South and North Korea withdrew guard posts in the
Demilitarized Zone and are working together to unearth the remains of
soldiers killed during the Korean War.
West Sea fishing grounds have been further opened up and made safe.
South and North Korea remain in regular contact through the joint
liaison office in Kaesong and have completed preparations to reconnect
railroads and roads.
This is a new path, and as we all must take it together, we need,
sometimes, to wait for those moving slower to catch up.
In the face of obstacles, sometimes, we need to catch our breath
for a while and find the way together.
This is a path toward peace on which we all – the South and the
North – have set off together.
A large river twists and turns but reaches the sea in the end.
As years go by following the Panmunjom Declaration, we will
encounter an irreversible peace on the Korean Peninsula in which
everyone prospers together.
Remembering those who fulfilled their calling in ways unseen, I ask
the mountain birds on the footbridge how they are doing.
I appreciate all the people who have opened the chapter of this
I also extend my greetings to Chairman Kim Jong Un and the people
of North Korea.