Today marks the 20th anniversary of the June 15 Joint Declaration.
Twenty years ago on this day, the leaders of South and North Korea met
for the first time since national division and discussed ways to
realize peace on the Korean Peninsula.
An event was held in the afternoon to express the yearning for
lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and to mark the 20th anniversary
of the June 15 Joint Declaration at the Odusan Unification
Observatory. The event was attended by separated family members, those
involved in inter-Korean economic cooperation projects, and those who
played the leading roles in the historic declaration.
In the morning, Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul participated in
an event marking the 20th anniversary of the declaration at the
National Assembly Members’ Office Building. In his congratulatory
speech, Minister Kim said, “we have learned three major lessons about
peace through the June 15 Joint Declaration and its implementation process.”
“Peace is never given by itself.”
“Peace can be achieved only through mutual respect and recognition.”
“Peace can be further consolidated when both sides meet face-to-face.”
He emphasized, “The June 15 Joint Declaration is a reliable compass
for inter-Korean relations. Now that inter-Korean relations are about
to lose their bearings, we need to remember the spirit of the June 15
Joint Declaration again.”
*The event was held in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines.