eseoulpost
DomesticInterKorea Contacts
Moon puts symbolic ending to N.K. visit with joint mountain trip with Kim
min  |  min
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
승인 2018.09.20  
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn
   
 

President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un raised each other's hand atop Mount Paekdu, the Korean Peninsula's highest peak considered the birthplace of the Korean people, in a highly symbolic gesture underlining their commitment to reconciliation and eventual unification.

The joint visit put a powerful ending to Moon's three-day trip to the North that produced a series of tangible results, including Kim's pledge to take concrete denuclearization steps, such as dismantling the country's ICBM test site, and his pledge to make a reciprocal visit to Seoul.

The two leaders also agreed to take sweeping measures to reduce military tensions and further bolster inter-Korean exchanges and economic cooperation, such as reconnecting cross-border roads and railways, and to work together to win the right to host the Summer Olympics in 2032.

Officials said Kim first proposed the joint visit to Paekdu and Moon accepted the offer.

The North's leader is believed to have made the offer because Moon said during a dinner after his first summit with Kim in April at the border village of Panmunjom that he hopes to trek up the mountain and he believes Kim will make the wish come true.

"I believe there will come a time when ordinary people of the South can make sightseeing trips to Mount Paekdu," Moon said, overlooking the caldera lake at the top of the mountain, named Cheonji in Korean, which means Heaven Lake. "The first step has now been taken, and if this step is repeated, much more people will be coming here."

   Kim said Paekdu has been a mountain out of reach for South Koreans since the national division.

"Though a small number of people came here today, (more) people from the South and overseas should come see Mount Paekdu," he said.

The leaders and their wives wore winter coats, given the chilly temperatures at the mountain, located on the border with China in the North's northwest. Officials said the morning low dipped to as low as 2 C.

Kim proposed going down to the lake. "Would you like to go down to Cheonji?" Kim asked Moon.

"If Cheonji doesn't reject me, I'd like to go dip my hands into the water," Moon said.

South Korean first lady Kim Jung-sook took out a plastic water bottle, saying she brought a bottle of water from the southern island of Jeju, and that she will pour half the Jeju water into Cheonji and fill the empty half with Cheonji water in a symbolic sign of unification.

The North's first lady Ri Sol-ju displayed her knowledge of the mountain.

When leader Kim asked aides how deep the lake is, Ri quickly answered that it's 325 meters deep.

"There are a lot of legends involving Mount Paekdu. One says a dragon lived here and went up (to heaven). Another says fairies from the heaven came here to take a bath as the water is so clean. Now that you two came here, another legend has been created," Ri said, referring to Moon and the first lady.

Earlier in the day, Moon left the North's state guesthouse to fly to the Samjiyon airport near the mountain. As Moon's motorcade passes, North Koreans lining the streets cheered, waving paper flowers and the North's national flag and chanting, "unification of the fatherland."    The mountain is revered in both Koreas.

South Korea considers the 2,744-meter peak one of the peninsula's most sacred places as it's known as the birthplace of Dangun, the legendary founder of Gojoseon, the first Korean kingdom, founded more than 4,000 years ago.

North Korea regards the peak as sacred because it's where Kim Il-sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of the current leader, set up a secret military base for anti-Japanese, independence struggles during the 1910-45 colonial rule.

It is also where the North says late leader Kim Jong-il, father of the current leader, was born. That's why Kim's family is called the "Paekdu bloodline." But some historians say the late leader was actually born in Russia. (Yonhap News)

 

< 저작권자 © eseoulpost 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
폰트키우기 폰트줄이기 프린트하기 메일보내기 신고하기
트위터 페이스북 미투데이 요즘 네이버 구글 msn 뒤로가기 위로가기
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
자동등록방지용 코드를 입력하세요!   
확인
- 200자까지 쓰실 수 있습니다. (현재 0 byte / 최대 400byte)
- 욕설등 인신공격성 글은 삭제 합니다. [운영원칙]
이 기사에 대한 댓글 이야기 (0)
Most Read
1
Directives of President to increase women's representation in FNC mirror wisdom of leadership says, Hazza bin Zayed
2
Uno Jeon painting exhibition opens in Seoul
3
UAE hosts IORA Workshop on financial inclusion for women entrepreneurs
4
UAE President's directives to allocate 50% of FNC seat to women hailed
5
UAE reaffirms commitment to its citizens at Bali Democracy Forum
6
Politics should remain separate from humanitarian assistance to N. Korea
7
Expo 2020 calls on People of Determination from across UAE to join its workforce
8
Mohammed bin Rashid attends Arab Social Media Influencers Awards ceremony
9
Taiwan retains ban on China-made telecom equipment: NCC
10
Taiwan to upgrade Navy ships' self-defense system against air threats
Photo News Green Biz
DEWA invites customers to take up Shams Dubai to generate onsite solar power
DEWA invites customers to take up ...
min
World Green Economy Summit to kick off in October
World Green Economy Summit to kick...
min
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional Biodiversity Forum in the Gulf Region
Abu Dhabi hosts The First Regional...
min
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more than one million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030
Etihad ESCO plans to reduce more t...
min
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discuss cooperation to protect environment
Sharjah Municipality, MOCCAE discu...
min
Photo News Sports
More history for Koreas in canoe; sport climber, hurdler grab gold medals
More history for Koreas in canoe; ...
min
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at Asian Games (update)
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at ...
min
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
Photo News World
More history for Koreas in canoe; sport climber, hurdler grab gold medals
More history for Koreas in canoe; ...
min
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at Asian Games (update)
Shooter wins Taiwan's 2nd gold at ...
min
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medals for S. Korea on Day 1
Two taekwondo golds among 11 medal...
min
Taiwan team wins first gold medal at Asian Games
Taiwan team wins first gold medal ...
min
(Asian Games) Koreas march together at opening ceremony
(Asian Games) Koreas march togethe...
min
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to boost nation's global sporting credentials
FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 to bo...
min
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest football tournament
UAE gearing up for Asia's biggest ...
MIN
Taiwan blasts China for blocking Taichung games
Taiwan blasts China for blocking T...
min
Photo News Opinion
S. Korea's first for-profit hospital gains approval from Jeju provincial gov't
S. Korea's first for-profit hospit...
min
Moon orders measures to strengthen presidential officials' discipline
Moon orders measures to strengthen...
min
Seoul thinks it is still possible for N.K. leader to visit S. Korea this year
Seoul thinks it is still possible ...
min
S. Korean childbirths continue to decline in September
S. Korean childbirths continue to ...
min
S. Korea to lose competitiveness in key export industries: KERI
S. Korea to lose competitiveness i...
min
Koreas agree to actively cooperate over modernizing direct phone lines
Koreas agree to actively cooperate...
min
Inter-Korean rail survey expected soon, top nuclear envoy says
Inter-Korean rail survey expected ...
min
S. Korea, U.S. still apart over splitting USFK cost
S. Korea, U.S. still apart over sp...
min
Newspaper AboutNews ReportAdvertiseComplaintsPrivacy PolicyJuvenile protectionRejection of E-mail Collection
Gangnam-gu, Teheran 52 street in Tehran Bldg, 616(Yeoksam-dong)  |  Main Phone: 02) 563-0604  |  Fax: 02) 538-5665
Chairman : jeong-woo Lee  |  Advisor : byung-il Min  |  Publisher: jae-mo Kah  |  Editors: il-hong Kim
Registration Number 1928 Seoul ah  |  eseoulpost.com / eseoulpost.net / Global Korea.,Ltd
Copyright © 2011 eseoulpost. All rights reserved. mail to jaemokah@daum.com , kih10kr@empas.com/ www.globalkorea.info
arabafrica.net / UAE Interract / Emirtes News Agency(WAM)/ http://wam.org.ae / www.uaeinteract.com