Kook Jin Moon's Invitational 'Strong Korea?' The police academy
speech on national security was sucessfully delivered to the
entire student body of 460 cadets on February 26th 2013 at 9:00 am
at the Korean National Police University.
proceeding 3 times in the '2012 national inspector level police
civil servant occupational training' this speech received top
marks in the evaluations and a good response so the speech could
be delivered to the entire student body at the Korean National
the event Chairman Kookjin Moon met in private with Seo Cheon-ho
the president of the Korean National Police University.
left) Tongil Group Chairman Kookjin Moon, Cheon-ho Seo, Dean the
Korean National Police
Kookjin Moon giving a speech for Korean National Police University
his speech under the title of 'Strong Korea?' Chairman Kookjin
Moon prescribed the current situation of a reduction in the
American Government's military amidst the country's astronomical
national deficit, and the growing military might of China, based
on its great economy to be a threat to peace on the Korean
Peninsula, and emphasized 'looking at the model of a small power
country, Israel we must prepare to create a country that can
defend itself from the security threat from China.'
this the Korean National Police University cadets looked at the
reality of a divided fatherland and sympathized with the
importance of security amidst rapidly changing international
circumstances. Chairman Kook Jin Moon held a question and answer
session about the realization of a peaceful world, and the
building of a strong Korea. (Refer to the very bottom for content
from the Q & A session.)
cadets became aware of the changes taking place in the world, the
global influence on security that China's growing military has,
and the actual threats to security. They stated that it was a time
of reflection about the present and future of Korea for building
peace on the Korean Peninsula.
and answer session
of the participants taking part in the speech
Aren't international organizations like the UN and peace movements
better at maintaining peace than a build up of the domestic
The maintenance of peace by the current UN is greatly influenced
by the United State military. The UN is losing its grip as a peace
keeper and accordingly I see the UN alone as lacking the ability
to maintain peace. For true peace we must inspect the
balance of power between rival forces. Over the past 60 years the
peace surrounding the Korean Peninsula was possible because of a
dominant military power made up of allied nations with the United
States at the center that share the values of democracy,
capitalism, and liberty. However, now that balance of power
is fundamentally changing. Some serious consideration is
required to think of just what is necessary for Korean to maintain
its system of democracy.
I heard the example of Israel as a country self-reliant for
national defense. Do you see Israel as becoming a country
that is self-reliant without any help from the United States?
Of course Israel has received jet fighters and other weapons from
the United States. Israel is maintaining its self-reliance
militarily through the support (purchase) alone, and on that
foundation is walking the line of autonomous diplomatic policy.
However, there is one fundamental difference between Korea and
Israel. Korea requires not only weapons support from the United
States, but also the military support from the United States, so
it cannot be seen as being self-reliant in terms of national
defense. The dependence on the United States is the
big difference. Accordingly we must deeply consider and choose the
level of independence Korea would lke to have.
I think the essense of the speech was the self-reliance of Korea
for national defense. If so amidst the nuclear testing going on in
North Korea do you think Korea should possess nuclear weapons?
To answer this question we must look and see just how Israel was
able to obtain nuclear weapons. Israel took up a wide-spread
military readiness posture for self-reliance of national defense
before possessing nuclear weapons. Accordingly Korea, too
must first equip itself with systems and strategies of military
for self-reliance militarily. Israel and Switzerland have
established self-reliant military through a militia system, and
are able to deploy the militia at times of war. The savings
acquired from not having to pay soldiers allowed them to build a
system with state-of-the-art weapons. If the same system were to
be introduced it would be possible to increase the military might
of Korea to 6 or 7 times what it is now. Accordingly, an
environment for establishing a self-reliant military must come
before discussions about possessing nuclear weapons.
What sort of efforts is being made at the Tongil Group, an entity
that is unfolding a peace movement all across the world to create
a strong Korea?
Peace cannot be achieved with words alone. Up until this point,
The Tongil Group has been spreading an actual movement to realize
world peace, and we have particularly been making efforts in peace
education. Also ahead of us we will build upon the foundation of a
global network through the movement that has been carrried out and
we will make efforts to build a strong Korea with the actual
realization of world peace through education.