Moon made the remarks in his address on the 74th anniversary of the Liberation Day to mark the liberation of the peninsula from the 1910-1945 Japanese colonisation.
“We aim to establish a peace economy in which prosperity will be achieved through peace and also complete our liberation through the unification of the peninsula,’’ Moon said.
“The peace economy begins with the efforts to continue dialogue and cooperation so that North Korea (DPRK) can choose economic prosperity over nuclear programme upon the foundation of complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.’’
The denuclearisation talks between the DPRK and the U.S. have been stalled, but the working-level talks between the two sides would be resumed in the near future.
This will happened after top DPRK leader, Kim Jong Un and U.S. President, Donald Trump met at the inter-Korean truce village of Panmunjom in June, he said.
“In spite of a series of worrying actions taken by North Korea (DPRK) recently, the momentum for dialogue remains unshaken.
“Now is the time for both Koreas and the U.S. to focus on resuming working-level negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington at the earliest possible date,’’ the president said.
The DPRK fired off short-range projectiles in recent weeks in an apparent protest against the ongoing joint annual military exercises of South Korea and the U.S.
The South Korean leader urged the DPRK to return to the dialogue table.
“When economic cooperation accelerates (between the two Koreas) and the peace economy begins, unification will beckon as stark reality before us someday,’’ Moon added. (Xinhua/NAN)
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