Fellow members of the MOU(Ministry of Unification) family,
hereby resign from the office of Minister of Unification.
In lieu of resignation, I would like to extend my deep appreciation
to all of you for having believed in me and enduring a difficult
journey with me in silence.
I am sorry to be leaving such a heavy burden on you.
Inter-Korean relations have deteriorated markedly, and the situation
is a devastating crisis. The two Koreas are now trading feelings of
disappointment and hatred, but I can state emphatically that hatred
can never be defeated by hatred.
Many scars are waiting to be healed between the two Koreas. When
relations worsen, the unhealed scars emerge again.
As it is, a
new scar would only make the healing process all the more difficult.
The two Koreas must cease and desist from further actions that would
only make matters worse, and I hope above all else that my resignation
affords a respite from the hostilities and clears the way forward for
the benefit of all.
I am full of sorrow for the MOU family.
None of you had much excitement or fun during my tenure. There was
never an opportunity for you to get excited about work.
More regrettable than anything else to me, as Minister, is the lack
of appreciation you have received for all your hard work. The burden I
had to bear was greater than I could handle with the authority that
had been invested in me.
It will rain heavily and the winds will
blow hard for some time, but there is a line in the Chinese film Life,
“If I am alive, a good day will come.”
If we refuse to fall down
and instead endure this crisis, a new opportunity will come.
Let me be a lightning rod for all of the inevitable criticism. I
hope that my resignation will offer an opportunity to realize
fundamental change for the better and to think about the role of the
Ministry of Unification going forward.
In closing, I will cherish
my time with you and always be with you wherever I may be.
Members of the MOU family,
I am truly thankful and honored to
have worked with you.
Good bye and good luck.