- - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

National Unification Advisory Council-Washington Chapter welcomes Her Excellency Park Geun-hye, president of Korea, and wishes for a successful U.S.-Korea Summit.

It is our fervent desire that the leadership of the Republic of Korea and the United States will continue to strengthen their alliance and the global partnership between the two countries.

Freedom is the signature spirit of the United States and of South Korea. We should be humble, never forgetting that our brothers and sisters in North Korea are starving, in pain and have no human rights. We must redouble our efforts to bring about a reunion among the thousands of families separated between North and South Korea. We must do this before more of those separated by the war pass away.

The wall separating East and West Berlin has been torn down. Now it is time for the barbed-wire fences that have separated South and North Korea for 70 years to be pulled down. Unification must be given the highest priority and this movement should be shared with other countries around the world, especially our American brothers and sisters.

Unification is a global issue. Unification of the Korean Peninsula may help to position South Korea from the country who has been receiving aid to the country giving aid to the world with the United States as cooperating partners in world peace and democracy. Korean-Americans cherish the alliance that exists between the United States and Korea. It is our promise that we will remain committed to support the common prosperity and unification of the Korean Peninsula.

About The National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC):

The current objectives of the NUAC are to build the foundation for the peaceful unification of the Korean Peninsula based on free democratic order and establish a unified Korea where 80 million Korean people can achieve happiness and prosperity based on peaceful unification and true liberty.

NUAC seeks to 1) encourage policies for unification that will gain broad support, 2) promote preparation for the national unification of Korea on a full scale, 3) engage young professionals who will undertake key leadership roles in the era of national unification to be talented people for unification, and 4) realize an integrated and shared image of NUAC.

• William Won Kyun Hwang is president of the Washington Chapter of the National Unification Advisory Council (NUAC), a presidential consultative body on the reunification of the Korean Peninsula, formulating and implementing policies on democratic and peaceful unification through the consensus of political parties and the public.

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