Unification Spokesperson’s Commentary
regarding North Korea’s New Year Address
January 1, 2019
o The ROK Government welcomes the North’s willingness to continue
its efforts toward complete denuclearization and settlement of
permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, as well as to expand and
develop inter-Korean relations, expressed through Chairman Kim Jong
Un’s New Year Address.
o The Government has maintained a consistent position that it will
make efforts to significantly advance inter-Korean relations by
faithfully implementing joint declarations signed by the South and the
North, while pursuing complete denuclearization and settlement of a
permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
o Together with our nationals, the ROK Government will improve
inter-Korean relations to an irreversible stage through the
advancement of reconciliation and cooperation of the two, while
exerting utmost efforts to achieve complete denuclearization and
establish a solid peace regime on the Korean Peninsula through close
cooperation with the international community.