President Moon Jae-in, sitting across the lead vocalist of the legendary rock band U2, praised its long-running activism for global peace, including that of the Korean Peninsula.
Speaking during a meeting Monday with Bono at the top office, the President said the Korean people's desire for peace on the Peninsula have grown stronger.
"South Korean people's aspiration for peace and unification of the two Koreas have become much stronger since the unification of Germany.
Such remarks on unification, comes amid the stalled denuclearization talks and rising tensions between North Korea and the U.S., ahead of a December 31 deadline set by Pyeongyang for progress in negotiations.
The President, regarding the Irish rock band's first-ever concert held the day before, with the first lady in attendance, expressed his appreciation for U2's message of peace during the performance.
Among the playlist of the band during the concert, the song "One" was inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall, that brought about the unification of a once-divided Germany.
"I want to thank you also for your leadership in the peace process and your dogged determination to go the distance in making that peace a reality not just a day in a dream. I'm here to encourage that coming from a small island where we have similar difficulties."
He also expressed his respect for President Moon, referring to his initiative to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula and promote an "inclusive and transparent" development path.
Known as a philanthropist, lead vocalist Bono has been using his fame and wealth to fight hunger and promote human rights, anti-war and environmental issues around the world.
He had also been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize multiple times for efforts to fight debt in the developing world.
Shin Se-min, Arirang News.