The South seeks unification by integration and consensus. We should keep in mind that the north seeks unification by force and domination.
I would recommend that the ROK pursue this as an end state as part of its overt strategy but of course even this would be unacceptable to the Kim Family Regime:
- A stable, secure, peaceful, economically vibrant, non-nuclear peninsula, reunified under a liberal constitutional form of government determined by the Korean people.
S. Korea does not seek unification by absorption: official
SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has no intention of absorbing North Korea as a way to unify the two Koreas, but it will seek to achieve unification peacefully and in a step-by-step manner, a Seoul official said Tuesday.
The remark by the official of the Ministry of Unification, which deals with inter-Korean affairs, was made in response to the North's repeated criticisms of President Park Geun-hye's unification policy.
Last Thursday, the North's National Defense Commission demanded the South come up with a clear stance on unification, asking whether Seoul is willing to have a peaceful unification or stick to ideological confrontations.
"Our government is not seeking unification by abortion as the North claims," the ministry official said. "The incumbent government is on the same line of previous governments' unification policy, which seeks unification (of the Koreas) in a gradual and step-by-step manner, based on autonomy, peace and democracy," the official noted.
The government's stance is that the two Koreas should first built trust through dialogue and cooperation for the phase-in of unification because the South and the North currently suffer a lack of trust and dialogue, the official added.
Since President Park's inauguration in 2013, she has highlighted efforts to expedite preparations for unification, with the North accusing Park of advocating unification through the absorption of the communist country into the capitalist system.
The official also repeated the ministry's intention to intervene in a local activist group's provocative campaign to send DVDs of an anti-Pyongyang film in balloons across the border. The U.S. comedy "The Interview" revolves around a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The local group is planning to launch balloons carrying the DVDs to the North in a campaign meant to spread dissenting messages in the reclusive country later in the month.
"We plan to ask them to make a wise choice (to stop) to prevent any risks that can be posed on the life and property of citizens at the border area," the official said.
The North has previously threatened to retaliate against anti-North campaigns.