President Roh Tae Woo said Wednesday in a New Year's Day message 1992 will open an era during which the Korean people will reunite their land, which was divided 46 years ago at the end of World War II.
Roh said that in December, South and North Korea signed a historic "Agreement on Reconciliation, Nonaggression and Exchanges and Cooperation," thereby ending an era of confrontation."The New Year will open an era during which we will construct a national community for all our 70 million compatriots (in South and North Korea)," Roh said.
"It is now high time that the South and the North begin to march hand-in-hand toward unification. Every provision of the South-North agreement must be observed sincerely," he said.
"The disconnected roads must be reconnected and the disrupted train service resumed. We must remove the barbed wires between the South and the North, pave the way for free exchanges of people, goods and information, and thus advance the day of unification."
Roh said great progress has been made "in our incessant efforts to free the Korean peninsula of nuclear terror."
"It is indeed good that in response to our de-nuclearization initiative and the removal of nuclear arms from the South, the North has announced that it will not produce nuclear arms," Roh said.