Citizens of Pyeongyang, our brethren in the North,
I am delighted to meet you all here in Pyeongyang.
As President of the South, I cannot express in words how overwhelming it is to be given this opportunity by Chairman of the State Affairs Commission Kim Jong Un to greet you. Citizens of Pyeongyang, we are now forging a new era together in this way.
Chairman Kim Jong Un and I met at Panmunjeom on April 27 and shared a heartfelt embrace. We two leaders solemnly declared to 80 million Koreans and to the entire world that there would be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and that a new era of peace had opened.
We also confirmed the principle of autonomy for our people, whereby we ourselves determine our own fate.
By developing inter-Korean relations in an all-embracing and groundbreaking manner, we firmly pledged to reconnect Korea’s arteries and to hasten a future of common prosperity and reunification on our own terms.