By Jung Joo-ri and Hahm Hee-eun
President Moon Jae-in visited the Amalienborg Palace in Denmark, to meet the Danish Queen Margrethe Alexandrine Porhildur Ingrid II on Oct. 20. They talked about the cooperation potential for both countries and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
President Moon noted Denmark’s assistance during the Korean War. At the time, Denmark sent a hospital ship, named “Jutlandia”, to support the medical treatment of soldiers and civilians. The president emphasized that Denmark’s humanitarian spirit has become the basis for the development of Korea-Denmark relations.
In addition, President Moon explained the results of the third inter-Korean summit and called for Denmark’s interest and support in establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula. Queen Margrethe II praised President Moon for his achievements and efforts in inter-Korean relations.
In the afternoon, President Moon Jae-in and Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen held a summit at the Christiansborg Palace. They issued a joint press statement containing key items on the agenda, including cooperation in economic and trade relations, exchanges of human capital, regional and international issues.
The two leaders agreed that Korea-Denmark relations have clearly developed since the adoption of a strategic partnership in 2011, and the Joint Action Plan in 2016. They emphasized that the 60th anniversary of Korea-Denmark friendship in 2019 will open up more doors for interactions.
They also decided to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields, such as science technology, renewable energy, green growth and Arctic studies.
President Moon said, “We need time for the complete denuclearization of North Korea, and the process may not be smooth, but we urge Denmark’s consistent support in accomplishing the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula in a peaceful way.” Prime Minister Rasmussen responded, “We will be anticipating changes in North Korea. If there are actual changes, we’re willing to help and participate in the efforts.”