President Moon capped off the second day of the summit by attending perhaps North Korea’s most famous cultural product, the Mass Games. Not only did he attend, he became the first South Korean leader to deliver a speech to a mass North Korean audience, in this case, numbering some 150-thousand people. We’ll now listen to that in its entirety.
Citizens of Pyeongyang, I am very glad to see you all here tonight. As the president of South Korea, I feel deeply honored to speak to you. As you can see with your own eyes, we are opening a new era together. My fellow Koreans, Chairman Kim Jong-un and I had an encounter full of meaning at Panmunjeom on April 27th. We had a warm embrace. And today, we have agreed that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula. Therefore, we have solemnly announced both to our 80 million fellow Koreans and to the international community that a new era of peace has dawned on the Peninsula. We have also affirmed the principle of national self-determination, that we ourselves will determine the fate of our people.
Also, we have firmly promised to advance a future of common prosperity, to independently restore our blood-based ties, and to develop inter-Korean relations in a thorough and dramatic way. This fall, I, President Moon Jae-in, decided to make this trip to Pyeongyang. Dear citizens of Pyeongyang, Chairman Kim Jong-un and I have agreed specifically to completely eliminate the threat and fear of war on the Korean Peninsula. In addition, from Mt. Baekdusan to Mt. Hallasan, we promised to leave our future generations this beautiful land, free of nuclear weapons and nuclear threats. And we will quickly take steps to fundamentally end the suffering of separated families before it’s too late. I send generous applause and thanks to Chairman Kim, who is walking along with me towards a new future. Dear citizens of Pyeongyang, on this visit, I have witnessed the remarkable development of this city. I have seen the kind of nation you are trying to build, how much you strive for peace and your bravery in hard times. Dear fellow citizens, we are great. We are strong. We love peace. And we should live together. We lived together for over 5,000 years and have been separated for 70 years. I propose today to completely end this 70-year separation and take a big step towards peace. Chairman Kim and I will firmly join hands and work to build a new fatherland. Let us move into a new future together. I would like to thank the many Pyeongyang citizens, young people, students and children who have warmly welcomed our delegation.