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(LEAD) Moon on state visit to Norway with peace message

All News 19:01 June 12, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES lead paras with welcoming ceremony; ADDS photos)
By Lee Chi-dong

OSLO, June 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was greeted by King Harald V of Norway in an official welcoming ceremony in Oslo on Wednesday.

He is the first South Korean president to pay a state visit to Norway.

During his three-day stay to last through Thursday afternoon, Moon plans to focus on boosting bilateral ties in new energy, maritime affairs and the Arctic, as the two sides commemorate the 60th anniversary this year of establishing diplomatic relations.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and King Harald V of Norway wave during an official welcoming ceremony at the royal palace in Oslo on June 12, 2019. (Yonhap)

Moon and first lady Kim Jung-sook then laid a wreath at a monument for World War II victims and another one to mark Norway's participation in the Korean War at Akershus Fortress.

The Nordic nation sent a 623-member medical support team to Korea during the 1950-53 conflict. Operating the Norwegian field hospital known as NORMASH, it offered treatment for more than 90,000 soldiers and civilians.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and first lady Kim Jung-sook visit a memorial for World War II victims at Akershus Fortress in Oslo on June 12, 2019. (Yonhap)

Moon is also scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the University of Oslo later in the day.

In the speech titled "Peace for the People," he is expected to review the current security situations in Korea and talk about his long-term peace vision.

Many South Koreans remember Oslo as the venue for late President Kim Dae-jung's Nobel lecture in 2000.

The following day, Moon will have a summit with Prime Minister Erna Solberg, an opportunity to secure the Nordic nation's firmer support for the Korea peace process.

Also to be discussed are hydrogen energy use and cooperation in eco-friendly shipbuilding and maritime affairs.

Norway is a global shipping power and a major importer of South Korea-made vessels.

It's home to South Korea's Dasan Arctic research station, also known for hydrogen production and supply networks.

Now that South Korea has its strength in hydrogen cars, the two sides will sign a memorandum of understanding on hydrogen-low carbon economic cooperation during Moon's visit, Yoon Jong-won, senior presidential secretary for economic affairs, told reporters.

Moon will then board the Norwegian Navy's 26,000-ton logistics and support ship, built by South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, in Bergen, Norway's second-largest city.


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