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A ‘New Era’ for the Koreas?

Posted on Jan 2, 2012
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Hey, neighbor: South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, above, included North Korea’s new leader, Kim Jong Un, in his first address of 2012.

Now that Kim Jong Un has successfully made the transition out from under his late father’s shadow and into his new role as North Korea’s leader, is there any room for a shift in relations between his nation and its southern neighbor? South Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak sounded a cautiously optimistic note suggesting as much in his New Year’s address Monday.  —KA

The Telegraph:

Lee Myung-bak reached out in his New Year’s message to the North Korean government now led by Kim’s son, Kim Jong-un, saying he has high hopes for a breakthrough this year in negotiations over the North’s nuclear programme.

However, Mr Lee warned that Seoul would respond sternly to any North Korean provocations. Relations between the rival Koreas dropped to their lowest point in decades following the 2010 sinking of a South Korean warship that killed 46 sailors and North Korea’s deadly shelling of a front-line island later that year.

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By heterochromatic, January 2, 2012 at 11:28 pm Link to this comment

no, p, you’re not the only one who thinks that China blessed the continuation of
the Kim Dynasty to prevent any reconciliation because the South would dominate a
reunion in the same manner as did West Germany.

China wants to stave that off until Chinese trade with South Korea pulls the South
away from the US and into China’s sphere.

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By gerard, January 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

This is so much more mature than sabre-rattling!

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By p allen, January 2, 2012 at 2:43 pm Link to this comment
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am i the only person who wonders what china has to say about the succession,
how china would feel about a united, capitalistic, democratic korea camped on its

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