tv South Korean President Moon Remarks at U.N. General Assembly CSPAN September 23, 2017 11:35am-11:59am EDT
>> we welcome him to the united nations and invite him to address the assembly. >> >> on behalf of the people and the government of korea, i would like to take this opportunity to give my sympathy to the people of the earthquake and their families and government of mexico. i offer might respect and gratitude to all the states and the staff of the united nations for the country vision to world peace and security.
the president of the general assembly. i expect the session will reap all of the results under his excellent leadership. i also wish the secretary general great success. the republic of korea thanks -- takes a strong stance in support of the u.s. -- the u.n. goals in sustaining peace. look forward to the rebirth of the united nations and an even stronger organization for peace and prosperity for all people. mr. president, secretary general, and distinguished delegates. as i prepared this address, i thought about the spirits of the united nations and the joint mission for us all. the united nations is one of the
best institutions created by human intelligence. it was succeeding generations , it has metged war challenges confronting humanity over the past 70 years. the contributions of the united nations will continue to grow over time. today, the number of issues is no countrysing and can resolve them single-handedly. reason, we should truly fulfill the spirit of the united nations to find a solutions to all of the problems facing us. to this end, i hope everyone will pay attention to the located on korea
these korean peninsula at the east end of the asian continent. last winter the republic of korea we created a historic movement that is evidenced -- evidence of the brilliance of the united nations. the power of corporation and defiance of challenges and forge ahead for the future for humanity. some of you may remember things .hown by the media streets packed with millions of lives, people expressing their opinions freely and joining in discussions on every street corner where there was singing, dancing. faces of parents who took and theildren by hand
pride of young people who picked up trash on the streets afterwards. all these scenes were very much a part of a democracy and peace. the revolution in korea started in a public's where -- public square where democracy awakened the citizens. participated in the rallies myself, just as a citizen. the people of the republic of korea achieved democracy in the most peaceful and beautiful manner. they proved in the power of democracy., of peace rather than
violence can bring greater changes to the world. the republic of korea is made possible by the candlelight revolution. election andratic it was the aspirations of the people. i am now standing here on behalf of that administration. i am very gratified and was proud of the fact that the thoughc of korea, belatedly a democracy, showed a new hope for democracy. strength, theat republic of korea intends to play an active role in addressing pending issues facing the community. president, the republic of korea has always taken steps
with the united nations since the establishment of the government in 1948, the republic of korea has received significant assistance from the united states -- united nations. first during the korean war and then the reconstruction. it was not until 1991 that the republic of korea could become a member of the united nations, the country has announced its roles and responsibility as a member state faster than any other nation in the span of just one generation from 1993 onward. ray has continued to participate in peacekeeping operations. korea has continued to participate in peacekeeping operations. we are trying to get to the root cause of conflict. over the past five years, the republic of korea has increased
for refugees.ort expediting the implementation of the paris agreement and a shift in energy policy, the korean government is taking a lead in supporting climate change responses of developing countries through global institutes and the green planet fund. on top of this, my administration has met the goal of filling 30% p by spearheading gender equality, one of the goals of the agenda for sustainable government in the years to come. the republic of korea will significantly increase its contribution to the united nations in all sectors. it is truly meaningful that the theme of the session of the general assembly focuses on people with the philosophy of the governance in the republic
of korea. people come first. it is the slogan i have used for a several years to express my political philosophy. center of are at the our administration. of now, my administration pursue bold measures to change the paradigm in order to deem with economic inequality that stands in the way of cohesion. now pursuing economic policies focusing on the income growth of individuals and households and promoting an economy where the growth is led by job creation and all people can enjoy equal opportunities and the fruits of growth. this is what we call a people centered economy. administration is realizing
growth and it will not be confined to our country. in accordance with the new paradigm, the republic of korea will support sustainable growth in developing countries. secretary-general and representatives around the world. i was born in a town in the middle of the korean war. this civil war evolved into an international war and it devastated lives of countless people. lives million lost their and many of the survivors were deprived of leaving. my father was also one of them. thought he was taking temporary refuge at the time, could never make it back
to his hometown before he passed away. from one of the separated families, the victims whose human rights work the demised by the war. the war has yet to come to a complete end. beganrean war, a war that as a part of the larger cold for conflict, continues to this day. and a the cold war ended 64 years have passed since the conclusion of the disagreement, the war remains ongoing in the form of an uneasy cease-fire on the peninsula. soar in northeast asia due to north korean nuclear missiles, the memory of war and wounds become more pronounced and hearts aspiring to peace. this is the republic of korea on
the peninsula in september 2017. me, the president of the only divided country, peace is calling. . historical duty i representing my fellow citizens who sent out a message of peace through the candlelight revolution to the global village where wars and conflicts no-no and. no end.ame --know at the same time, guard the people's rights to peace. , i hope northons korea will be able to choose to own its own path leading to peace. i believe peace, when chosen willingly, becomes sustainable.
more than anything else, i am grateful that my convictions are joined by the international community. international community's demands and warnings and to our great disappointments , north korea recently carried out its nuclear test and missile provocations in the wake of the nuclear tests. the korean government has made enhanced efforts to convince countries in the region's and beyond of the necessity for a stronger sanctions and pressure to make north korea stop it provocations and choose a path of dialogue. the uny appreciate security council's adoptions of
north korea's sanctions resolutions with unprecedented speed and with tougher measures than previous resolutions. deflects that the international community is collectively outraged and is responding under one voice on the north korean nuclear issue and the problem occurring on the korean peninsula. once again, as the party directly involved concerning the korean peninsula, i would like to express my appreciation to the international community for its shared understanding and support to the korean government. flagrantorth korea's violation of its obligations and commitments under the u.n. charter, the korean government and international communities are making every possible effort with great determination to peacefully solve the north
korean nuclear issue. the un security council sanction resolutions against north korea which have articulated the supposed of peaceable poetic and political resolutions of the north korean nuclear issue are also part of these efforts. once again, at the u.n. general assembly were u.n. nations pledge visual prosperity for people, i make the following point very clear to north korea and the international community, -- o not desire if north korea makes a decision, even now to stand on the right side of history, we are ready to assist north korea together with the international community. north korea should acknowledge all this fact as soon as possible. it must immediately sees making
restless choices that could lead to its own isolations and downfall and choose the path of dialogue. i urge north korea to abandon its hostile policies against other countries and give up its nuclear weapons program in a very viable and irreversible way. the efforts of the international community should also be further strengthened. it has to be strongly and he givesespond until up its nuclear program of its own accord. all nations must thoroughly implement the year-end security council sanction resolutions and seek new measures in case of any further provocations by the north. it is also important to manage in a speedyn manner. all of our endeavors are to prevent the outbreak of war from
raking out and maintain peace. to protect ourselves needs to be handled speedily. it should not become over intensified or accidental military clashes will not happen. we should all remind ourselves of what former u.s. president ronald reagan said, peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict like peaceful means. we should once again remind ourselves. i would like to make a special member states of the united nations and in particular to the un security council. in order to fundamentally solve the north korean nuclear issue,
the basic spirit of security and community enshrined in the u.n. charter should be fulfilled on the korean peninsula in northeast asia. the basic pillar of security in northeast asia and a lateral is and should be wisely combined. the united nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue. the korean peninsula is where the spirit is most definitely needed. is whations of peace the united nations was created for. the process and in of achieving. we need the united nations to play a more active role on the korean peninsula. the most important role in the united nations is to come up with fundamental measures to stop the vicious cycle of increased provocations and heightened sanctions.
haveny occasions, i announced a new economic map for the korean peninsula and new visions for the economy. that genuine peace and prosperity in northeast asia will begin when the foundation for northeast asian economic community is solidified on one and multilateral security cooperation is materialized on the other. distinguished president, secretary general, and delegates , the olympics have not and held for as many as 1500 years until it was reintroduced in 1896. the force behind revival of the olympics was the search for world peace. the history of the modern olympics started with the
overwhelming emotions of the first olympics held in athens on the balkan peninsula, which was once the center of conflict. five months from now, the olympic winter games will be held in the republic of korea. first of the olympics ,o be held in northeast asia tokyo in 2020, and beijing in 2022. i aspire for these three olympics to become an opportunity for promoting peace and economic cooperation in northeast asia where remnants of the cold war and hope for the future as well as confrontation and cooperation coexist. the republic of korea is ready to make every possible effort for that.
please imagine for a moment people from all around the world who love peace and a sports will be gathered. it is only 100 kilometers away from the demilitarized zone. half of the states and government from all corners of the world will exchange greetings of friendship and .armony my heart is filled with great joy when i imagine north korean marching into the stadium during the opening ceremony and joint cheering squads and enthusiastic walking alongside with smiling faces of people from all over the world. dreamnot in an impossible nimpossi dream.
le train. -- dream. i hope it will become another candle to be lit. like the candles of the korean people held out in the face of the crisis of democracy. i believe that it will shed light on peace when peace is threatened. i hope that all of you and the united nations will light your candles. i hope you will put your hearts and minds together to go hand in hand with peace. feeling, iartfelt
invite the head of state and governments from around the world to come. the steps you take together will become a march for peace. allok forward to seeing you next year. thank you. [applause] >> on behalf of the general assembly, i wish to thank his the president of the republic of korea, for the statement just made. now i request representatives to remain seated while we greet the head of state.