President Moon met Audrey Azoulay, the director general of the UNESCO on 16th October, local time, and exchanged opinions on strengthening Korea-UNESCO cooperation, peace in the Korean Peninsula, education and culture.
Azoulay said “I give my unsparing support for your recent effort in building peace in the Korean Peninsula. I will closely work alongside to improve communications and exchanges whether it is education or culture between the people in the South and the North. I suggest that the two Korea’s push forward application for UNESCO listing of ssireum (Korean wrestling).”
Moon said “It will be really meaningful if it’s done by together. It is also a good idea to designate the DMZ area as a natural ecology protection area. It will be a great natural asset of human race as whole. Back in 50s and 60s, UNESCO built printing houses in Korea and I was the one who studied with the textbooks printed there. I think UNESCO has many things to help the North in the similar spectrum.”
Azoulay also mentioned “The compilation of the unified Korean dictionary will reduce the language gap between the two Koreas.” Moon said “It will be a great tool for us to find kinship and to recover the lost Korean words affected by flooding foreign words.”
At the meeting with Macron, Moon said “If the US provides a proportional response, Kim said that the North is willing not only to stop nuclear and missile tests but to discord the weapons and the production lines. The UN must accelerate the denuclearization if it feels that the removing process has reached to the irreversible stage and I ask Mr. Macron to play the role.”
Moon also asked him to help the Korean steels to be excluded from the safeguard by reasoning with the fact that Korean steel products are mainly supplied to factories invested by Korean companies and it is contributing to increasing productivity and job creation in the local.
Macron said in response “I will give my full support to make the current peace process in the Korean Peninsula to be successful and I will remain your sincere partner till then.”
The two leaders also agreed to work together in finding new growth engines for the coming 4th Industrial Revolution by expanding cooperation in science technology, new industries, SME and startups.
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