Wednesday, January 23, 2013

S. Korea may have an opportunity to unify with North: official

This is a nice sentiment and I hope he will be right.  Somehow I do not think the ROK government (or any government for that matter) can be sufficiently proactive to save money in anticipation of the huge bill that will come due when unification occurs.  But I am gratified to hear officials talking about it and he is absolute right that the ROKG (and its allies and even the UN)  must prepare for it – real  preparations such as influencing the population and the 2d tier leadership.  I cannot emphasize how important it is for the ROKG and the Alliance to conduct an aggressive influence campaign.  The inefficient and shoe string effort of defector organizations should serve as a useful test  - their work is having an effect on the north Korean people but it is not enough.  There needs to be an Alliance influence campaign that is sustained until unification occurs..  Planning is not enough –active preparation should be undertaken.  If anyone puts any credence in US joint doctrine there is no other situation in the world that calls for a "shaping operation" than north Korea. 

S. Korea may have an opportunity to unify with North: official

2013-01-23 17:58
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   South Korea may have an opportunity to unify with the North in the not too distant future, so the country and its people must prepare for such possibilities, a senior government official said Wednesday.

   Vice Unification Minister Kim Chun-sig said in a meeting with Buddhist leaders in Busan, 453 kilometers southeast of Seoul, that the country has witnessed rapid changes in the past 20 years and forecast that this trend will continue in the future.

   The official said, in particular, countries whose leaders are not elected by popular vote are facing tough challenges, adding the spirit of democracy and change has reached Asia and is spreading in the region.

   North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took over control of the communist country in late 2011 after the sudden death of his father Kim Jong-il. The late leader also inherited power when North Korea's founder Kim Il-sung died in 1994.

   The vice unification minister stressed that dictatorships are crumbling and South Korea must seek out chances to unite with the North in such rapidly changing times.
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