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Intervention of Dr. Changshik Yang in the webinar on 23 June 2023

Your Excellencies, Ambassadors for Peace, and ladies and gentlemen,

Despite your busy schedules, I would like to express my gratitude to all of you who joined this meaningful webinar to explore the "vision of peaceful Reunification of the Korean Peninsula."

The 19th to 20th centuries were the most harrowing periods of human history. Humanity, which developed weapons of mass destruction, experienced a very dark era through the colonial rule of world hegemony, World War I, World War II, and numerous wars, such as the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The most difficult problem for mankind in this era was the emergence of communism. In 1922, the Soviet Union emerged as the first communist country, and communism, which denied God, treated humans as mere higher animals and justified a violent revolution for its own ends, expanded relentlessly around the world until the 1980s, forcing hundreds of millions of people to die. In this Cold War era of democracy and communism, no leader, no religion, no ideology has offered an alternative to overcoming the proliferation of communism.

Before we talk about the unification of Korea at this time, we first need to understand the historical background of Korea.

Korea has been a nation for 1,300 years, since the establishment of the Unified Silla Kingdom in 676, but after Japanese colonial era, World War II ended in 1945, and the Korean Peninsula was divided into two parts under the control of the United States and the Soviet Union, respectively. In August 1948, a democratic government was established in South Korea, and a month later, a communist regime was established in North Korea.

After that, the Korean War broke out on June 25, 1950, and for three years and a month until the armistice was declared on July 27, 1953, the brutal war continued around the Korean Peninsula and this small land. During this period, 63 countries around the world provided military, material and medical support to both the South and the North. At that time, considering that there were 93 UN members, the Korean War was in a sense like another World War.

Under the U.N. Security Council resolution, 16 countries, led by the U.S., sent troops to support South Korea. The Soviet Union and China supported North Korea. After all, the Korean War was an ideological war between the democratic and communist camps. During the three years of the war, 1.8 million U.S. troops participated. Of those, 37,000 were killed and 92,000 were injured.

It was never a "forgotten war." The war completely devastated the two Koreas. However, since the war turned into a truce, Korea has continued to develop its economy under the Korea-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty signed in 1953 and has become one of the world's top 10 economies today.

However, North Korea experienced severe economic difficulties, focusing on military buildup under communism, and from 1995 to 1998, more than 1 million people starved to death, with the highest percentage of the world's GDP spent on military spending, and the country still suffering from internal economic difficulties and external economic regulations.

Nevertheless, North Korea continues to conduct provocative missile tests. By carrying out 17 missile tests this year, it has strained relations with neighboring countries around the Korean Peninsula. Five years have passed since Chairman Kim Jong-un met with U.S. President Trump in 2018 and promised to work toward the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but North Korea's nuclear weapons and ICBM provocations are intensifying.

What can be done to resolve the conflict on the Korean Peninsula between democracy and communism that arises as the last divided country on Earth? History tells us that we can't solve it with the power of a particular politician, businessman, or a particular religion. Here, we need to pay attention to the UPF co-founders, Dr. and Mrs. Moon.

In 1987, the founders, Dr. and Mrs. Moon, said that the Citizens’ Federation for the Unification of North and South Korea should be founded and ideologically armed by the people, emphasizing that the reunification of the two Koreas can be achieved only with true love, and he continued by practicing his own practical steps.

In 1991, the founders, Dr. and Mrs. Moon finally entered North Korea. The founders, who almost died several times at the hands of the communist regime in North Korea, visited and met with Kim Il-sung, who was like an enemy. During the meeting, Rev. Moon and Kim reached an important 10-point agreement. Rev. Moon suggested that the two Koreas reunite in a peaceful way, that they actively resume the series of 10 million family reunions, that they stop developing nuclear weapons, that the leaders of the two Koreas meet to solve the national issues, and that they continue to exchange and cooperate for unification. Since then, the founders put all these contents into practice right away. With performances in Pyongyang and Seoul through the Little Angels Art Troupe and the Pyongyang Student Boys Art Troupe, we were able to move as if we were unified for a while. They also established economic production bases in North Korea, such as the Pyeonghwa Motor Company and Botonggang Hotel. Rev. and Mrs. Moon's efforts were not for economic profit, but for the sake of their hard-working North Korean compatriots, for the day of reunification on which North Koreans and South Koreans will live together as brothers and sisters: Rev. and Mrs. Moon put true love into practice.

When Rev. Sun Myung Moon, who had walked the path of true love for the reunification of the two Koreas, passed away, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon, who had always walked the same path together with him, could not stop. Rather, she has been educating leaders and young college students around the world for the sake of peace and unification on the Korean Peninsula, emphasizing continuous progress without stopping to her disciples. Based on the ideas of Rev. Moon, Mrs. Moon especially said that the unification of the two Koreas is impossible with human power along and must be achieved in unity with God.

She emphasized the Heavenly Unified Korea. In the process of unification, God must be with us and, after unification, we will become a fully unified country only if we are a united nation that can serve God.

Dr. Hak-ja Han Moon always emphasized God's dream while talking about the heavenly unified Korea, and she said that Korea is the country where God's dream can come true. Rev. Sun Myung Moon also said the following: 

"I know that the unification of the two Koreas is the origin of global unification. The liberation of the two Koreas is the origin of the world's liberation. The root is in Korea. That's why I devoted my life to fighting for the liberation of the two Koreas.”

In addition, she said that in order for the unification of the Korean Peninsula to be achieved, not only our strength, but also international support base is needed. Therefore, cooperation between the four powers surrounding the Korean Peninsula, namely the United States, Russia, China, and Japan, is essential.

She also said that no matter how the external conditions for unification are established, there must be a foundation for the people's harmony for unification. On this basis, the Heavenly Unified Korea can be the starting point for the new unified world. The [UPF’s associations] ISCP, IAPP, IAPD, IAAP, IMAP, IAED, and IAACP are representative organizations established by Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon for international support and education.

Dear and respected peace ambassadors,

As the dream of God that Dr. Han wants to achieve, the heavenly unified Korea and the heavenly unified world are the ideal world that all mankind has dreamed of throughout history, that is, the world of Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values.

The Heavenly United World is a world of Interdependence to achieve an economy enjoyed together through private ownership based on conscience, Mutual Prosperity that pursues politics that participates together through recommendation, and Universal Values that practices together and realizes the best ethics and morality.

In this way, a Heavenly Unified Korea will be a free, democratic, and welfare state.

I am also confident that it will become a central country in the world that can correct the world order beyond Northeast Asia and achieve a Heavenly Unified World.

I would like to end my words with the sincere hope that all of you will actively participate in the movement for the realization of a Heavenly Unified Korea and become the main characters.

Thank you.

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