That’s according to President Moon Jae-in a virtual keynote speech for the Jeju Forum on Friday.
Moon said the country still yearns for peace and feels the pain and sorrow of the Korean War which ended only with an armistice.
I want to stress once again that peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia as a whole cannot be achieved without peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Moon also asked for support for his proposal to launch a “Northeast Asia Cooperation Initiative for Infectious Disease Control and Public Health,” which would bring together regional players as well as the two Koreas.
The president’s remarks are seen as a means to revitalize his peace process with North Korea which has seen little progress since the no-deal Hanoi Summit between Pyeongyang and Washington in 2019.
However, the president did not mention his call for an end of war declaration as he had in recent addresses on the global stage.
President Moon has just over a year left in office and for his peace initiative with North Korea to bear fruit the outcome of the U.S. presidential election will be a variable.
Separately, Seoul’s National Security Advisor Suh Hoon on Friday echoed that sentiment, saying that there needs to be efforts to resume talks between North Korea and the U.S. at an early date.
That came during a virtual meeting with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts.
The three officials shared their assessments of the recent situation on the Korean Peninsula and discussed a range of security issues, including denuclearization and peace.
They agreed that diplomatic and security cooperation should continue uninterrupted regardless of the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.