International opinion

U.S. President Obama

“The Korean people, at long last, will be whole and free.”

Speech at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, March 26th, 2012

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Stand where I stood yesterday, along a border that is the world’s clearest contrast between a country committed to progress, a country committed to its people, and a country that leaves its own citizens to starve. Come to this great university, where a new generation is taking its place in the world helping to create opportunities that your parents and grandparents could only imagine. And if just given the chance, if given their freedom, Koreans in the North are capable of great progress as well. The day all Koreans yearn for will not come easily or without great sacrifice. But make no mistake, it will come. And when it does, change will unfold that once seemed impossible. And checkpoints will open and watchtowers will stand empty, and families long separated will finally be reunited. And the Korean people, at long last, will be whole and free.

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

“I will spare no effort to help both the South and the North move towards eventual reunification.”

Speech at National Assembly, October 30th, 2012

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As a Korean citizen, my desire to see the situation stabilize on the Korean Peninsula and for us to move towards unification is greater than anyone else.
I hope North Korea will become a responsible member of the international community with it’s new leadership adhereing to demands for denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

“We certainly hope that we see reform in North Korea. And we cannot move until there is a political breakthrough but we are ready at any time.

Interview with KBS, November 25th, 2013

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We certainly hope that we see reform in North Korea. And we cannot move until there is a political breakthrough but we are ready at any time. The thing that we encourage is that North Korea should look at the experience of Myanmar. Myanmar was also a very closed country, but when they made the decision to move toward democracy, the World Bank (and) many, many different partners, ran so quickly into that country to ensure that there would be what we call the demographic dividend.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

“Unification is Glücksfall(bonanza).”

Korea-Germany Summit, March 26th, 2014

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Unification can truely be called a breakthrough. It’s an appropriate expression. Helping other countries that want unification is a goal as well as an obligation for Germany. Die Wiedervereinigung ist in der Tat ein Glücksfall. Insofern kommt das Wort sehr gut. Es entspricht meinen Gefühlen, und ich bin auch sehr dankbar. Es ist unser Ziel und auch ein Stück unsere Pflicht, dass wir anderen helfen, wenn sie ihre nationale Einheit herstellen möchten.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

“I support the two Koreas ultimately having an independent and peaceful reunification.”

Speech at Seoul National University, July 4th, 2014

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China hopes South and North Korea will improve its relations.
We support efforts for the Korean Peninsula to achieve peaceful unification. China is against the use of nuclear weapons on the Korean Peninsula. We hope the two Koreas will resolve issues related to the Korean Peninsula, including nuclear weapons, through negotiations and dialogue. Thick ice does not form overnight. Related parties should be patient and strive for denuclearization and peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula by showing interest in what the other party wants through contact and dialogue. I believe that if the two Koreas continue to carry on the process for improving inter-Korean relations, their long held dream of unification will eventually come true. Also, during this process, the Chinese people will forever remain a trustworthy friend to the people on the Korean Peninsula.

Source : KBS