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Congratulatory Speech at an event held by the Democratic Party of Korea on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the June 15 Joint Declaration

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장수민
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2020-06-15
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1.
Good morning.
I am Unification Minister Kim Yeon Chul.
I think it is very meaningful to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the June 15 Joint Declaration along with National Assembly members of the Democratic Party of Korea (DPK) and party officials. It is also profoundly significant that we come together for this event commemorating the spirit of reconciliation and cooperation in the June 15 Joint Declaration.
I would like to extend my gratitude to DPK Chairman Lee Hae-chan and DPK floor leader Kim Tae-nyeon. My thanks also goes to all other participants including Chairman Kim Han-jeong of the special committee for the June 15 Joint Declaration for arranging this event.
I also would like to express my respect and appreciation to former Unification Minister Lim Dong-won, Executive Vice-chairperson Jeong Se-hyun of the National Unification Advisory Council, Moon Chung-in, special security advisor to President Moon, and former Unification Minister Lee Jong-seok. They played the leading roles in the June 15 Joint Declaration and are living witnesses to it.

 

2.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
The June 15 Joint Declaration was a remarkable milestone in the country’s history of division.
I particularly think that we have learned three major lessons about peace through the June 15 Joint Declaration and its implementation process.
First, we learned that peace is never given by itself. Article 1 of the June 15 Joint Declaration made it clear that the Korean people, as the masters of the country, must handle the matters regarding the Korean Peninsula.
We only managed to bring peace and to maintain it by making a bold decision and taking courageous action.
Second, we learned that peace can be achieved only through mutual respect and recognition.
The agreement on the unification plan in Article 2 of the June 15 Joint Declaration was the result of candid communication based on mutual understanding and trust between the two Koreas.
Last but not least, we learned that peace can be further consolidated when both sides meet face-to-face.
Then South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and then North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the signatories to the June 15 Joint Declaration, agreed on inter-Korean dialogue and cooperation in Articles 3 and 4.
Peace is not for any one party. Dialogue and cooperation will greatly benefit both South and North Korea and will change the lives of all the people on the Korean Peninsula for the better.
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.

 

3.
Honorable DPK members and distinguished guests,
There have been so many difficulties and challenges in inter-Korean relations.
There will be quite a number of tasks to tackle and obstacles to overcome in the future.
The spirit of the June 15 Joint Declaration lies not in flunkeyism but in self-determination, not in confrontation but in peace, and not in division but in unification.
This is the principle we need to bear in mind in order to not lose our way in the present crisis.
I expect that the 21st National Assembly just launched will serve as a strong support in the journey toward peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Thank you.