Mr. Hwang’s Speech at Imjingak

June 17, 2016: Mr. Hwang’s speech at the June 17 rally at Imjingak organised with the assistance of Teach North Korean Refugees (TNKR).

Do you know why this bridge is important? This bridge is the very bridge that my father was not able to return on.

In 1969, my father was on the hijacked plane with 49 other passengers. Fifty people were kidnapped. However, only 39 people were allowed to return; eleven were unable to return.

Those 39 who were able to return came back on this bridge. I still believe that those other 11 people should be able to cross the same bridge and return home.  There is not a single reason that my father deserves to be forced to stay in North Korea.

I’m certain that through your support and through your interest, we will be able to bring my father home to South Korea. I plead with you to take interest in my cause and my father’s cause and also to sympathize with us and my family. Thank you.

Peter Daley’s Imjingak Rally Speech

A slightly revised version of the speech follows:

While listening to Mr. Hwang tell the story of his father a few months ago, I was reminded of the plight of the first person I met who had escaped from North Korea.

That person was not a North Korean defector. He was a prisoner of war.  On June 9, 1953, Yoo Young-Bok, a South Korean soldier, was captured by Chinese forces. Continue reading “Peter Daley’s Imjingak Rally Speech”

Correspondence Between President Park Chung-hee & UN Secretary General U. Thant

PDF with President Park’s letter in its original Korean.

March 9, 1970: Official English translation of President Park Chung-hee‘s letter to UN Secretary General U. Thant whose reply is included below.


On behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Korea, I have the honour to extend to you my warmest greetings and to reaffirm the cordial relationship that has been existing between the United Nations and the Republic of Korea. Continue reading “Correspondence Between President Park Chung-hee & UN Secretary General U. Thant”