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(Yonhap Forum) Prime minister voices hope for Yonhap to play roles in inter-Korean peace, unification

2018/06/29 14:14

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SEOUL, June 29 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon said Friday he hopes to see Yonhap News Agency working together with North Korea's news agency in the course of the two Koreas seeking reconciliation and ultimate reunification.

Lee made the remark in a congratulatory speech at the Korean Peninsula Peace Symposium, an annual security forum that Yonhap co-hosted with the Unification Ministry, noting the news agencies of West and East Germany played roles in the course of unification.

"In the course of German unification, the West German news agency DPA and the East German news agency ADN played a bridging role," Lee said at the forum held at the Lotte Hotel in central Seoul. "I look forward to the day when Yonhap News Agency jointly plans and reports with North Korea's leading news agency."

   Lee also praised Yonhap's initiative to open a bureau in Pyongyang.

"I heard that Yonhap News Agency is preparing for inter-Korean media exchanges by setting up a task force to open a unification media research institute and a preparatory committee for a bureau in Pyongyang," he said. "This is clearly a product of new imagination and creative wisdom."

  

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon delivers a speech at an annual security forum that Yonhap News Agency co-hosted with the Unification Ministry in Seoul on June 29, 2018. (Yonhap) Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon delivers a speech at an annual security forum that Yonhap News Agency co-hosted with the Unification Ministry in Seoul on June 29, 2018. (Yonhap)

This year's forum came amid growing hope for peace on the peninsula in the wake of two summits between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-un in April and May, and the historic June 12 meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim.

Its main theme is "Push open the door of peace, move beyond denuclearization and strive for co-prosperity."

   Lee stressed the importance of "new imagination and creative wisdom" in pushing ahead with the peace process with the North, noting that the recent summits -- two between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and one between Trump and the North's leader -- even defied imagination.

"We often predict the future based on the past, but with only the framework of the past, we will never be able to dream a new future and make it happen. We cannot move forward toward the future if we are bound by the past or repeat the past," Lee said.

President Moon's peace initiative is a product of new imagination and creative wisdom, he said.

jschang@yna.co.kr

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