Ladies and gentlemen,
I am deeply grateful to all of you for this grand concert to congratulate me today.
Although I have been honored on many occasions in the past, this is the first time I have been congratulated with a concert. Could there be any more moving occasion or greater happiness for an individual than this?
What is more, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon and Chairman Berge and the members of the Nobel Committee are gracing the concert with their presence. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the musicians in this splendid concert and all the guests.
At the same time, I would like to thank all those who sent me warm congratulations and video messages of encouragement.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We are now communicating in the universal language of music. We are sending a message of love and peace to all peoples around the world.
This concert is also an occasion to renew our pledge to forge a world where everyone is blessed with peace. I believe that the event here today is a memorable occasion to express our wishes and desires for peace and prosperity in the world.
The Nobel Peace Prize is an incomparable honor for me.
I would like to share this honor with the Korean people who struggled with me over the past 40 years for democracy, human rights and peace on the Korean Peninsula. I would also like to share my honor with all my friends around the world, including you here, who have consistently encouraged the Korean people. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
At this very moment, a new hope for peace is sprouting on the Korean Peninsula. Overcoming the conflict and pain caused by the division of the country, we are opening a new era of peace, reconciliation and cooperation.
However, there is still more to be done for me and for the Korean people. We will continue to do our utmost until we can realize a complete peace structure on the Korean Peninsula and achieve peaceful unification.
Furthermore, backed by your good wishes and encouragement, I will make my best effort for world peace, prosperity for all, and the enhancement of human rights and democracy.
Hoping that you will continue to support me, I pray that peace and happiness be with you all.