South Korea President Moon Jae-in pledged efforts Tuesday for “irreversible” peace on the peninsula in 2019.
In his New Year’s message, posted on a social networking site, Moon said he “walked on the path of peace, which the people have opened, with a very overwhelming heart” in the previous year. “(I) will make peace irreversible so that peace can be of help to the life of each individual,” Moon said.
Moon’s message came ahead of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s closely-watched New Year address, in which he said a peace mood has been created thanks to Pyongyang’s initiative.
South Korea’s presidential spokesperson said a letter from the North Korean leader was delivered to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday afternoon.
The spokesperson quoted Kim as saying the two leaders went beyond the long-running confrontation between the two Koreas and liberated their people from military tension and fear of war by meeting three times this year.
The official said Kim expressed regret that his visit to Seoul did not take place by the end of this year as the two leaders had promised.
The spokesperson said Kim wrote he is prepared to meet Moon frequently next year for discussions on the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula.