tv South Korean President Moon Remarks at U.N. General Assembly CSPAN September 21, 2017 11:04pm-11:28pm EDT
security secretary napolitano. that is on c-span3, or you can watch online at c-span.org or stream on our free radioactivity next on c-span leaders, leaders addressed the human general assembly in new york. together, the speeches run about one hour and 15 minutes. will hear an address by his excellency, -- by his excellency, the president of south korea. on behalf of the nation, welcome to the united nations, his excellency, and invite them to --ress the assembly to read
to address the assembly. pres. moon: first of all, on behalf of the people in government of south korea, i would like to extend my sympathies to the victims in mexico. i offer my respect and gratitude to all member states and the staff of the united nations secretariat for their contribution will peace and security. the election of the president of the second general assembly. i expect the session will be meaningful results under his excellent leadership. wish general gutierrez
great success. the republic of south korea takes great spans to sustaining peace. ofook forward to the rebirth the united nations as an even stronger organization, offering peace and prosperity for all peoples. mr. president, secretaries general and distinguished delegates, as i prepared this theess, i thought about spirit of the united nations and the joint commission for us all. -- the joint commission for us all. the united nations is one of the best institutional inventions crated by human intelligence. it was born from the scourge of met thehas inevitably
challenges confronting humanity over the past 70 years. the roles and contributions of the united nations and international community continue to grow over time. today, the number of transactional issues is ever caneasing, and no country resolve them single-handedly. trulyis reason, we should fulfill the spirit of the united nations to find solutions to all of the problems facing us. to this end, i hope everyone will pay attention to the republic of korea, located on the southern part of the korean peninsula at the easton of the asian continent. -- east end of the asian continent. historic moment less winter that is evidence of the brilliant achievement of the spirit of united nations.
with the power of cooperation and solidarity, in defiance of the future was aspired to buy humanity. the of you may remember candlelight vigils shown by the media. with billions of light. people expressing their opinions freely and joining in discussions on every street corner, where there was singing, dancing and painting. of parents whoes took children by their hands. and the pride of young people who picked up trash on the streets afterwards. all of these scenes were very much a part of a democracy and peace.
revolution int korea started in a public square , named for the democracy and awakened the citizens collective intelligence. i participated in the rallies myself just as a citizen. the people of the republic of korea achieved marcus he and the most peaceful and beautiful manner. they proved the power of public sovereignty, the quintessence of democracy. those approved the fact that the bring greater can changes to the world and violence. beyond the meaning of a democratic election, this means the administration was
launched by the aspirations of the people, they are the rightful owners of the nation. i am standing here on behalf of that administration. i am very gratified with and proud of the fact that the republic of korea, though belatedly of democracy, showed the world and you hope for democracy. -- a new hope for democracy. strength, thee republic of korea intends to play an active role in addressing issues facing the international community. , the republic of korea has always taken joint steps with united nations. since the establishment of the government in 1948, the republic of korea has received assistance from the united nations, first during the korean war and then during
reconstruction. even though 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 responsibilities as a member other nationsered in the span of one generation. has993 onward, korea continued to participate in peacekeeping operations. this year, as chair of peace building commission, it is focusing on resolving the root causes of conflicts. five years, the republic of korea has increased its financial assistance for refugees by 15 times, and lester over last year, it donated $20 million. expediting the implementation of the paris agreement, the korean government is also sticking --
staking its role in preventing global warming. the administration has met the agreement of fulfilling 30% -- one of the goals for sustainable the filament. in the years to come, the republic of korea will significantly increase its observations to be on nations -- contributions to the united nations. this is in line with the governance of the new administration. people come first. it is the slogan i have used for several years and to express my political philosophy. the people are at the center of
all policies of my administration. as of now, my administration is pursuing bold measures to change the current paradigm to deal with economic inequality that stand in the way of growth and social cohesion. we are now pursuing economic policy is focusing on the income growth of individuals and households. in promoting an economy or the growth is led by job creations and all people can enjoy equal opportunities and the fruit of growth. this is what we call a people centered economy. my administration is determined growth will not be confined to our country. in accordance with this new paradigm, the republic of korea will lend support for sustainable growth in developing countries.
mr. president, secretary general and representatives from around the world, i was born in the refuge town in the riddle -- the middle of the korean war. this civil war which developed into an international war, devastated the lives of korea's people. over 3 million lost their lives, and many of the survivors were deprived of leaving. my father was also one of them. wasather, who thought he taking temporary refuge at the time, could never make it back to his hometown before he passed away. i come from one of these separated families, the victims whose human rights were violated by the war. come to as yet to complete end.
the korean war, or that begin as an offshoot of the larger cold war conflict, continues to this day. andgh the cold war ended 64 years have passed since the armistice agreement, the war remains ongoing in the form of an uneasy cease-fire on the peninsula. the last residual cold war order , and the memory of war has become more pronounced and hearts aspiring to peace pound painfully. this is the republic of korea and 2017. for me, the president of the only divided country, peace is calling. and a historical duty.
i am representing my fellow citizens who send out a message of peace through the candlelight revolutions to the global village, where wars and conflicts will know and. at the same time, and trusted to safeguard the people's rights to peace to an undisturbed daily life as a universal value. for these reasons, i hope north korea will be able to choose only its own path, leading to peace. peace, when chosen willingly, becomes sustainable. more than anything else, i am grateful that my convictions are joined by the international community. despite the international
warnings,s demand and and to our great disappointment, north korea recently carried out its sixth nuclear test and further missile provocations. the korean government has made enhanced effort to convince countries in the region and beyond the necessity for struggle sanctions and pressure to make north korea stop its provocations and choose the path of dialogue. i highly appreciate the un security council's unanimous adoptions of north korea sanctions resolutions with unprecedented speed and tougher measures than previous revolutions. -- resolutions. this clearly reflects that the international community is collectively outraged and
responding under one voice on and theh korea issue problem on the korean peninsula. once again, as the party directly involved with issues on the korean peninsula, i would like to express my appreciation to the international community for its shared understanding and support to our traditions of the korean government. despite north korea's flagrant violation of its obligations 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 sanctions resolutions against north korea that have articulated principles of peaceful, diplomatic and peaceful resolutions. once again, here at the general
assembly where nations pledge , i make the following point very clear to north korea and the international community -- we do not desire the collapse of north korea. we will not seek reunification by artificial means. if north korea makes the decision, even now, to stand on the right side of history, we are ready to assist north korea together with the international community. acknowledgeshould all these facts as soon as possible. it must immediately sees making immediately cease making reckless decisions and choose the path of dialogue. i urge north korea to abandon 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 struggling and certainly respond until north korea gives up its nuclear program of its own accord. all nations must thoroughly implement the un security council sanctions resolutions and take new measures in case of any further provocations by the north. important to manage the situation in a stable manner. all of our endeavors are to prevent the outbreak of war from breaking out and maintain peace. respect, the situations surrounding the north korea nuclear issues need to be managed stably, so that situations will not become intensified or accidental
military clashes will not destroy peace. ourselvesall remind of what former u.s. president is notreagan said, peace absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means. we should once again remind ourselves. like to make a special request to the 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 the economic -- of the international community should be fulfilled on the korean peninsula.
the spirit of the united nations is to realize global peace through multilateral dialogue. the korean peninsula is where the this spirit is most desperately needed. therealization of peace is issue for which the united nations was created and is aiming, and is in the process of achieving. we need the united nations to play a more active role on the korean peninsula. the most important role the united nations is apt to play today is to come up with fundamental measures to stop the vicious cycle of increased provocations and heightened sentience. on many occasions, i have announced a new economic map for career and the economy. economy.rea and the
i believe the genuine peace and prosperity for northeast asia the foundation for the economic community is solidified on one side and multilateral security cooperation is a materialized on the other. distinguished president, secretary general and delegates, the olympics had not been held until many as 1500 years it was reintroduced in 1896. the force behind revival of the olympics was the thirst for peace. the history of the modern olympics started with the overwhelming emotions of the first olympics held in athens, on the peninsula that was once the center of conflicts. five months from now, the will bewinter games
held in the republic of korea. it is the first of a series of olympics to be held in northeast asia. in 2022.2020, beijing i aspire for these three olympics to become an opportunity for promoting peace and cooperation in northeast asia, where remnants of the cold war and hope for the future, as well as confrontations and cooperation coexist. 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 sports will be gathered in korea, only 100
kilometers away from the demilitarized zone, the symbol of divisions and confrontation on the korean peninsula. a andof states governments around the world will express harmony. my heart is filled with joy when i imagine north korean athletes marching into the stadium during ceremony, and squads welcoming them with brightly smiling faces from people all over the world. it is not an impossible dream. to turn this into reality, i endeavorswholehearted until the end in corporations with the ioc to welcome the north koreans to the winter olympics. i hope that it will become
, liker candle to be lit the candles the korean people held out in the face of the crisis of democracy. i believe the open picks will become a way to shed light on peace when peace is threatened. i hope that all of you and the united nations will let your candles. light your candles. i hope you will put your hearts and minds together to go hand-in-hand with peace. today, with that heartfelt pledge, i invite the head of state and governments from around the world to come to south korea. the steps you take together will become a march for peace. i look forward to seeing you all in south korea next year.
thank you. [applause] >> on behalf of the general assembly, i was to think his excellency, president of the republic of korea, for the statement just made. may i request representatives to remain seated we greet the head of state. >> the assembly will hear a statement by his excellency justin trudeau, prime minister of canada.