Farewell Speech by the 24th Vice Minister of Unification
May 23, 2019
By Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae Sung
Members of the MOU family
Today, I am leaving the
Ministry of Unification. It is my veritable beloved hometown, but it
is time for me to go.
I would like to express my deep gratitude to each and every one of
the employees of the Ministry. I can hardly tell you how happy I was
to work with all of you over the last 30 years, on the journey toward
unification, the Korean people’s greatest dream.
While in office as the Vice Minister for the past two years, in
particular, I was able to take part in the historical process in which
inter-Korean relations have developed rapidly and peace on the Korean
Peninsula has almost become a reality. It was a truly precious and
meaningful experience, and I would not trade it for anything in the world.
I would like to extend my appreciation to President Moon for giving
me an opportunity to serve as the first Vice Minister of Unification
under his administration.
I am well aware that every step of progress in inter-Korean
relations was only possible thanks to the dedication and passion of
the entire staff here.
I would like to express my sincere thanks to every one of you for
helping me come this far.
I would also like to extend my gratitude to a number of ministers
with whom I worked, including Cho Myong Gyon and Kim Yeon Chul, for
their invaluable and timely guidance.
Before formally resigning from my post, I reread my inaugural speech
of two years ago.
While reading the numerous resolutions I made in that speech, I
looked back on how many I managed to realize. I saw that I left much
to be desired, but I firmly believe that you will address all that
issues that remain outstanding.
Members of the MOU family
As you are all well
aware, our goal is to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula through
development in inter-Korean relations and resolution of the North
Korean nuclear issue so that the South and the North may all enjoy
common prosperity and ultimately achieve unification.
We have made a great deal of progress over the past two years. We
also ascertained the possibility of achieving much more. However,
there are still many difficulties to overcome.
I feel badly that I left you so many difficulties unresolved.
What is clear, however, is that we must never relent on our journey
toward peace and prosperity. We must always continue to press ever
forward. Leading the way for the nation are the Ministry of
Unification and all of you, the staff members.
I believe that you have the willingness and the capability to
overcome any difficulties that may arise with wisdom. You may turn
every seeming crisis into an opportunity.
Seo Ho, the new Vice Minister, clearly understands the government’s
policy on North Korea and he is a very able fellow with drive and
great social skill.
As always, if the employees of the Ministry become of one mind and
do their best along with the Minister and the new Vice Minister, the
progress in development of inter-Korean relations and peace on the
Korean Peninsula will become irreversible.
I am leaving the Ministry of Unification and returning to life as an
ordinary citizen. I will continue to be with you in spirit on the
journey toward peace and unification outside the Ministry and always
cheer for the Ministry of Unification and all of you.
I am confident that the efforts by all of you and the Ministry at
large will indeed one day lead to the success of the Moon Jae-in
administration and the meaningful development of the Republic of Korea.
One of my favorite songs says, “The past is in the past and it has
meaning like that.” But I think that “we dreamed without regret.” I do
not worry about anything anymore.
Regarding where I left off, I just thought to myself that I hope
each of you will dream a new dream.
I am truly grateful to all of you for everything you have done for me.