Speaking at an assignment and promotion ceremony of two high-ranked military commanders at the Presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae on Friday, President Moon Jae-in said that the Northern Limit Line in the West Sea is a maritime border that our soldiers have defended with their blood.
Saying that defending the country's borders is a noble responsibility, but doing so at the cost of blood cannot continue, Moon added that defending the maritime border without sacrificing lives would be a much more valuable accomplishment.
Moon said that North Korea, unlike the past, has consistently acknowledged the Northern Limit Line during this year's inter-Korean summits, and called for laying the groundwork to create a conflict-free zone in the West Sea.
On the same day, South Korea's defense minister Jeong Kyeong-doo said that the two Koreas will continue to make progress on turning the West Sea into a peaceful maritime zone by implementing the military agreements outlined in the Panmunjeom Declaration.
During his opening remark at the 16th Western Pacific Naval Symposium in Jeju Island, the defense minister said that peace isn't free, but that it must be earned and protected, adding that "achieving peace through power" is the government's unwavering national security goal.
The two Koreas have had a number of disputes and armed conflicts over the Northern Limit Line, as Pyeongyang had refused to recognize the border drawn by the United Nations command at the end of the Korean War in 1953.
Kan Hyeong-woo, Arirang News