Moon pays respect to victims of Jeju April 3 Uprising

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(PowerKorea) President Moon attended the 73rd memorial service of Jeju April 3 Uprising and paid a respect. Below are excerpts from his speech on the day:

The government will do its best to recover their honor and pay due respect and compensation. I hope families of the victims will receive apologies from the heads of the military and the police that committed this horendous massacre to their own people back in 1948. The citizens of Jeju wanted complete independence and one Korea but the power of the state pin them on communists and killed them mercilessly. It is encouraging that the 21st National Assembly passed the revision of the Special Act on Jeju April 3 Uprising and it will recover honor of the 2,530 wrongly convicted people of the island. The truth revealed must serve as the way to peace, human rights, harmony and consolidation. 

Moon and First Lady Kim plant trees

On the occasion of 76th Arbor Day, president Moon and first lady Kim Jung-sook planted trees with children of Sangji Elementary School at Seoul Power Station Complex on April 5. The location of the complex is where the Korea’s first power thermoelectric power station was built. The newly built complex buried the generating unit underground for the upper ground to be used as an eco-friendly park. Korea Forest Minister Choi Byeong-am attended on the day briefed about its plan of planting 3 billion trees for the next 30 years as part of global effort in carbon neutrality. The flower name of boxwood tree planted on the day is ‘enduring’ and National Gwangneung Arboretum researcher Jin Hye-young explained the meaning of the flower name as to give message of enduring to Koreans in this time of pandemic hardships. At the meeting held after the ceremony, Moon and Kim encouraged children of the Korea Green Ranger for their proactive engagement in protecting nature and environment. 

Moon attends online Climate Summit

President Moon attended the online Climate Summit 2021 held April 22. Moon promised a further tightening the level of the national greenhouse gas reduction by 2030 and the plan would be summited to the UN within the year. He also mentioned that South Korea would stop subsidy for coal power plant overseas alongside banning licensing of new coal power plant in South Korea. Moon said that he would keep pushing forward South Korea’s Carbon Neutrality 2050 and expand subsidy for companies proactively engaged in eco-friendly energy. Moon emphasized Carbone Neutrality could only be achieved by cooperation of the whole nations on earth and hoped the coming 2021 P4G Summit Seoul would play a role of momentum. Moon wore P4G labeled pin on the day and promoted excellence of batteries made by LG, SK and Samsung.

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