Park Geun Hye Calls for Reunification of Koreas at UN Speech

kpopluv, Sept. 25, 2014, 8:48 a.m.

President Park Geun-hye in a keynote speech at the 69th UN General Assembly in New York promised a better world once the two Koreas are reunified.  "Unification on the peninsula will be the beginning of a nuclear weapons-free world and a fundamental solution to human rights abuses, resulting in a peaceful and cooperative Northeast Asia," Park said.

She described German reunification as the bedrock of modern Europe and said a unified Korea could play the same role in Northeast Asia.  She added that peaceful reunification would contribute to the realization of the UN's aims and values and called for international support to achieve it.

It was Park's first speech at the UN. She is also the first Korean leader to participate in a UN Security Council meeting and speak to its members.  Park stressed that it is "abnormal" for the two Koreas, which share the same language, culture and history, to occupy two different seats at the UN. She pointed out that the Korean Peninsula remains divided although more than a quarter of a century has passed since the Berlin Wall fell, while many families remain separated since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Park also indirectly condemned Japan for its sexual enslavement of Asian women for troops during World War II, saying sexual violence against women during war is "inhumane" and violates human rights.

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