The Banquet was held to discuss the progress of North Korea-U.S. relations and the way to cooperate between South and North Korea. Moreover, the situation on the Korean Peninsula was discussed in this meeting.
Kim Yeon-chul, a Minister of Unification, started an opening remark in the meeting. He stressed, “In this difficult situation, it might be hard to achieve improvement in inter-Korean relations while cooperating with the international community, but I will do my best to make the situation better.” Lee Hye-jung, a professor of Chung-Ang university, pointed out that it is necessary for the South Korea-U.S. alliance to pursue security, a peace regime and denuclearization in a balanced and integrated manner. Cho Seong-ryul, a professor of UNKS, expected North Korea's actions to overcome a severe economic slump. He also said that such actions will affect the inter-Korean relationship and the situation on the Korean Peninsula in 2020.