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”
June 17, 2016: Hwang In-cheol holds up a sign saying “North Korea…Be Free My Father” at an event to send a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the border city Paju, north of Seoul, on June 17, 2016. His father Hwang Won has been in captivity since December 1969, when a South Korean plane carrying Hwang, a radio producer, and 50 other crew members and passengers was hijacked by a North Korean agent on its way from the eastern South Korean city of Gangneung to Seoul.
January 30, 2016: Just a few months after Admiral Harry Harris took command of United States Pacific Command (PACOM), he met with reporters to give an update on the Pacific Rebalance. Admiral Harris stated that the greatest threat he faces, on a day-to-day basis, is from North Korea. His statement does not lack historic evidence. Since 1958, five years after the Armistice was signed, there have been over 150 North Korean incidents with South Korea (this data is accurate up to 2007; after that you can do your own math). Continue reading at LinkedIn.