South Korean President Moon Jae-in reiterated his desire for establishing long-lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula and subsequent reunification with North Korea. Speaking at the Korean Day ceremony in Seoul on Friday, October 6, President Moon said that he dreams of a united nation where Korean citizens living abroad can visit overland by car and train. He stressed that both South and North Korea are moving beyond confrontation and national division towards tranquility.
"A dream of the South and the North becoming one in lasting peace. A dream of you and your children visiting your home country by car and train. A dream of (us) prospering throughout the entire world beyond the Korean Peninsula. These are the dreams that I want to make sure to realize," Yonhap News Agency quoted the South Korean President, as saying.
President Moon underlined that the two Koreas agreed to celebrate next year's 100th anniversary of the nationwide pro-independence uprising against Japan's colonial rule together and urged the Korean Diaspora to participate in the event.
Recalling his visit to Pyongyang for the third inter-Korean summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un last month, President Moon further said,
"Looking from an airplane going between Pyongyang, Samjiyon and Seoul, I couldn't find any land divided. There were only mountains and rivers that are connected as one."
He went on to say that his administration would draw up policies for the benefit of the Korean Diaspora, who would play a key role in contributing to their homeland. Ever since assuming office in May last year, President Moon has undertaken proactive steps to improve South Korea's relations with North Korea and strengthen cooperation between the two Korean countries.
While addressing the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on September 2018 President Moon had called for the support of the world community to help North Korea advance towards denuclearisation and to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.