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  Korean reunification - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Korean reunification is the possible future unification of North Korea and South Korea under a single government.
A unified Korean team marched in the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, but the North and South Korean national teams competed separately.
Nevertheless, the attitude of the South Korean government towards North Korea has changed dramatically in the last few decades; during the Park Chung-hee administration, hatred towards the North Korean government was fostered in the civilian population.
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 Korea - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Korean civilization reached its height in the 15th century, during the reign of King Sejong the Great, when the Korean alphabet hangul was created.
In the Korean language, Korea as a whole is referred to as Chosŏn (Korean chosŏn'gŭl: 조선; hanja: 朝鮮; McCune-Reischauer: Chosǒn; revised: Joseon) by North Korea and Han-guk (Korean hangul: 한국; hanja: 韓國; revised: Hanguk; McCune-Reischauer: Han'guk) by South Korea.
Koreans faced bitter divisions: former collaborators were widely mistrusted and hated by Koreans, yet they possessed the most experience and remained in power in the South.
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 Milestone In Korean Reunification   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The important and principled issue in realising reunification at present is to thoroughly implement the June 15 North-South joint declaration.
The way of realising the peaceful reunification of the country is for the North and the South to unite with each other and build one reunified country, leaving the ideologies and systems as they are.
The north and the South should advance for reunification by the confederation formula based on the commonness of the nation, not the differences, the reconciliation and unity of the whole nation is precisely the reunification we want.
pd.cpim.org /2001/jan07/jan7_korea.htm   (389 words)

Inter-Korean meeting of peasants for reunification was held in July 2001 on the basis of the June 15 2000 joint declaration.
A resolution of the 70 million Koreans for peace and reunification was adopted at the August 15 National Rally in Pyongyang on August 15th, 2003.
All-Korean sports and cultural festival for national reunification and peace was held on Jeju Island, south Korea, in October 2003.
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 SUPPLEMENT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The first article of the joint declaration stipulates that the Korean people should be the masters of reunification, and so reunite their country independently by their concerted efforts.
The question of Korea's reunification is her internal matter, which pertains to the right to national self-determination, and should be solved by her people themselves.
Judging from the details of Korean division, the right to national self-determination, and the essence and character of reunification, national independence is really the fundamental principle of Korean reunion.
independent-bangladesh.com /news/sep/09/09092005sl.htm   (1921 words)

 Today's Take: Holy Thursday and Korean Reunification
But those Koreans who are working toward this reality should be a reminder to the rest of us that hope doesn't have to make sense.
Reunification is needed for the entire international community.
This is the story that Christians must tell again and again, the story that is shared by all the world's wisdom and religious tradition, that faith, hope and love must never be held hostage by those who would doubt the transformative power of what does not always seem reasonable.
www.nationalcatholicreporter.org /todaystake/tt041703.htm   (589 words)

 Korea: Division, Reunification, and U.S. Foreign Policy by Martin Hart-Landsberg | Excerpt
South Korean government claims that its ban on inter-Korean economic cooperation was caused by North Korea's unwillingness to clarify its nuclear intentions were put to the test by the October 1994 U.S.-North Korean agreement to freeze North Korea's existing nuclear program and replace its old graphite-moderated reactors with militarily less dangerous light-water ones.
If the Southern strategy for reunification by absorption were abandoned it would not, of course, necessarily mean that the governments of North and South Korea would end their mutual hostility and agree to implement a reunification process responsive to the needs and desires of all Koreans.
Similarly, members of the South Korean teachers union should be encouraged to meet with their North Korean counterparts to discuss educational reform—in particular, ways to develop and implement a curriculum capable of promoting a new national identity based on respect for the principles of democracy and social solidarity.
www.monthlyreview.org /koreac8.htm   (10564 words)

 Catastrophic Collapse of North Korea
Gradual reunification in accordance with its reunification policy is the ideal; however, if there is collapse the ROK is going to have the primary responsibility for returning the peninsula to normalcy.
With regional stability established due to Korean reunification and c ontributions from the regional powers commensurate with their abilities, the Tumen River region can be transformed into a Northeast Asian economic center of gravity and provide the foundation for regional cooperation stemming from the nations' common eco nomic interests.
Immediate reunification with the south should be avoided, and the ROK's three phase reunification plan s hould remain the framework for the transition with the difference being that the UN and the coalition provide the security and stability to facilitate a deliberate and gradual reunification.
www.kimsoft.com /korea/maxwell.htm   (14425 words)

 The Marxist-Leninist Daily
The successes of the Korean people in their nation-building project have the full sympathy of all of humanity and represent a bulwark against U.S. ambitions in the region, its preparations for fascism and war and its ultimate aim of dominating the world.
It goes on: The joint declaration is one for independent reunification common to the Korean nation, both in name and reality, as it indicates the way of achieving independent reunification by reflecting the fellow countrymen's demand and desire for national independence and their wishes and will for independent reunification.
The Koreans' efforts for the reunification of the country are intended to establish national sovereignty throughout Korea, achieve the prosperous development of the country and exalt the dignity of the nation.
www.cpcml.ca /Tmld2005/D35104.htm   (3698 words)

 Strategic Insights -- Korean Reunification -- The Nuclear Factor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
However, because the PRC had nuclear weapons and many South Koreans assumed Japan—despite its pacifism and supposed “nuclear allergy”—would eventually acquire a nuclear weapons capability in order to create a balance of power with China, it was not unusual for South Koreans to harbor hopes that someday Koreans would join their ranks.
Although the Kerry campaign welcomed indications that South Koreans as well as many others around the world are more supportive of his candidacy than of President Bush’s reelection,[20] among the last things his campaign would have wanted is any sort of de facto endorsement by the Kim Jong-il regime.
Koreans in both Koreas are well aware that the United States prevented the ROK under Park Chung-hee from becoming a nuclear power, clearly wants to halt North Korea’s current nuclear agenda, and is more than annoyed by the persistence of some South Koreans to explore the ROK’s nuclear potentials.
www.ccc.nps.navy.mil /si/2004/nov/olsenNov04.asp   (2684 words)

 Korean reunification moves closer
Seoul: The election of opposition leader Kim Dae-jung on Friday brings reduced tensions on the world’s last cold war frontier and puts reunificatrion of the divided Korean peninsula on the agenda.
The North Korean economy has been shattered by floods and droughts and South Korea struggling to repay its estimated $171 billion in foreign debt.
Koreans still have bitter memories of Japan’s harsh colonial rule from 1905-1945.
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 U.S. Remains the Main Roablock to Korean Reunification and Peace
As the drive of the Korean people to re-unite their country grows in strength and breadth, U.S. imperialism remains the main roadblock to peace on the Korean peninsula.
And he said that though reconciliation and even reunification between the north and the south are achieved, it is important to keep the U. troops on the Korean peninsula and that the military balance should be maintained in this region.
The Korean people are very proud of the fact that they have strengthened the self-reliant defense capability in every way to cope with the U.S. moves against the DPRK, the commentary says, refuting Cohen's assertion on the military capability of North Korea.
www.anti-imperialist.org /korea10-19-00.html   (727 words)

 U.S. obstructions to Korean reunification under fire
This resulted in vitiating the atmosphere of inter-Korean reconciliation and gravely challenging the nation's cause of reunification.
The DPRK's sovereignty and dignity are jeopardized and peace and security are wrecked on the Korean Peninsula, rendering the situation extremely tense.
This is attributable to the hard-line policy pursued by the U.S. to stifle the DPRK.
globalsecurity.org /wmd/library/news/dprk/2003/dprk-030115-kcna02.htm   (131 words)

 Instant Korean Reunification - beneficial or not? - China History Forum, chinese history forum
In summer 1950 they saw how easily the North Korean tanks rolled into the streets of their cities, and the persistent fear of a new Korean War was the single most important factor in South Korean politics from the 1950s until the 1980s.
The South Koreans are not ready to sacrifice their shiny new cars and regular vacations in Southeast Asia for the sake of their starving brethren.
The cost for reunification would be astronomical: can you imagine the time and money needed to reeducated their Northern brothers to concepts such as a market-economy, and living in a Southern society.
www.chinahistoryforum.com /index.php?showtopic=4343   (2940 words)

 The Marxist-Leninist Daily
Throughout the past year's reunification activities, the Korean people again and again put forward the necessity for the north and south to be allowed to sort out their affairs for themselves, without outside interference.
Noting that the key of the June 15 North-South Joint Declaration is to solve the issue of the country's reunification by the concerted efforts of the Korean nation,Yang Hyong Sop stressed that to this end it is necessary to oppose and reject the interference of foreign forces.
Other activities to mark the occasion and forward the movement for Korean reunification were held throughout the north and south of Korea and abroad.
www.cpcml.ca /Tmld2001/TMLD102.htm   (3415 words)

In fact, contrary to much conventional lore and questionable calculations on the subject, the costs of reunification can be held within moderate bounds by a combination of sensible negotiations and effective management of the reunification process.
In the recent past, the costs of Korean reunification have been plausibly, but misleadingly, estimated by several sources, including the World Bank, to be as high as $2 trillion or $3 trillion -- about five or six times South Korea's gross domestic product.
If the process of reunification in Korea is negotiated sensibly and managed carefully, the ensuing cost burden imposed on the South and its allies can be limited to a sum that is less than one-tenth of the conventional estimates.
www.mtholyoke.edu /~jeehan/ppage4t.html   (968 words)

 AsianWeek.com: Business: The Economics of Korean Reunification   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Last June, South Korean President Kim Dae-jung journeyed to North Korea to meet with that country’s leader, Kim Jong Il, in a move he hoped would begin a process leading to better relations with North Korea, and eventually to Korean reunification.
More concerns were raised about the state of the Korean reunification process last February 22, when North Korea threatened to back out a 1994 agreement that would phase out of its nuclear program.
The South Korean government was forced to request an emergency reserve fund of $56 billion from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail itself out from what could have been a disastrous foreign exchange crisis.
www.asianweek.com /2001_05_11/biz1_korea_sunshine.html   (1595 words)

The "threat" from the Korean peninsula after the Korean war was also one of the reasons why U.S. military forces and bases were eventually beefed up and strengthened in the Philippines, that is, in support of the "Korean theater of operations" by U.S. military forces.
It is hard to imagine that the Korean War in which we were entangled resulted in the division of the two Koreas these past five decades.
The window of opportunity for reunification of the two Koreas has become even more an imperative in the light of our common desire to FINALLY remove the curtains of distrust and confrontation which had led to the ideological divide, the build-up of military forces on both sides, including nuclear capabilities.
rsimbulan.8m.com /asianpeople.htm   (1706 words)

 Korean reunification Contemporary Review - FindArticles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
THE question of Korean unification is perhaps the one that has been discussed most in Korean politics in the last few decades without a plausible answer.
First, Korean unification is deeply related to political stability in the international arena, being a key to the stability of Northeast Asia.
A perusal of twentieth century history shows that the politics of the Korean Peninsula have caused or contributed to three major wars in recent history: viz., the Sino-Japanese, Russo-Japanese, and Korean conflicts.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2242/is_1651_283/ai_107897403   (365 words)

 Peace in north-east Asia and Korean reunification   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The 23rd general council (Debrecen, 1997) agreed to support the process of reunification of the Korean people, peace in the Korean peninsula and the work of diaconal mission of the Korean Christians Federation.
But the thawing of the last phase of the cold war in the Korean peninsula and particularly the summit meeting of the two Korean leaders in the North and in the South are special signs of hope for the reunification of the Korean people and peace in north-east Asia.
Renewed prayer for peace in the Korean peninsula and the surrounding north-east Asia region is urgently called for.
www.warc.ch /news/2000/12.html   (342 words)

 Korean Reunification: Implications for the United States and Northeast Asia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Korean Reunification: Implications for the United States and Northeast Asia
Reunification has been a goal of most Koreans since the peninsula was formally separated at the conclusion of the Second World War.
Assuming reunification of the Korean Peninsula and then discussing the implications for the United States and Northeast Asia is almost an anticlimactic and out of sequence approach to a very significant subject.
www.brookings.edu /views/papers/fellows/pritchard20050114.htm   (308 words)

 ZNet |Korea | Good Morning America, Korea is Reunifying
Reunification is happening, my friend said, and no one—not even the election of a conservative South Korean president—will be able to turn the tide.
It found that 84 percent of the public and 96 percent of opinion leaders believed that unification was an urgent task for the nation, and 85 percent of the general public and 95 percent of opinion leaders approved of North-South economic cooperation.
As a Korean American, I feel especially responsible because I live in the United States, and as an American citizen, I want America to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
www.zmag.org /content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=9632   (1494 words)

 South Korean report: Reunification to cost 670bn US dollars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Seoul, 6 June: The unification of the Korean Peninsula by absorption of a collapsed North Korea would cost South Korea up to 670bn US dollars, a US research group said in a report on Monday [6 June].
"The total cost of reunification would be dependent on how unification would occur, including for example, the costs of meeting humanitarian demands, stabilization requirements, the needs of human capital reeducation, training and replacement and the demands of social integration," the Rand Corp. said in a monograph prepared for the Office of the Secretary of Defence.
The two Koreas still remain technically in a state of war, as their 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
news.monstersandcritics.com /mediamonitor/printer_1005864.php   (311 words)

 RAND | Monograph/Reports | Preparing for Korean Unification: Scenarios and Implications
This study examines four alternative scenarios that would result in the unification of the Korean peninsula.
The authors describe the defining characteristics of each scenario, potential indicators that would predict specific outcomes, some possible variations in paths to unification, and some operational implications for the U.S. Army under different conditions and circumstances.
The four scenarios (peaceful unification, collapse and absorption, unification through armed conflict, and disequilibrium and external intervention) highlight both the increasing vulnerabilities of the North Korean state and the substantial uncertainties that attach to each outcome and to the potential U.S. policy responses.
www.rand.org /pubs/monograph_reports/MR1040/index.html   (381 words)

 Amazon.com: Korean Endgame: A Strategy for Reunification and U.S. Disengagement: Books: Selig S. Harrison   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Korean Conundrum : America's Troubled Relations with North and South Korea by Ted Galen Carpenter
North Korean nuclear developments have created a crisis in world affairs.
I have yet to find a more well-researched and documented presentation on the historical and present state of Korea, and what it will take to finally declare the end of the war and reduce the $40B spent anually to drag it out.
www.amazon.com /exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/069109604X?v=glance   (780 words)

 Pravda.RU Russia would welcome Korean reunification
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Official welcoming ceremonies are to be conducted on Tuesday, prior to which Putin is set to meet with a group of South Korean businesspeople, Interfax reports.
newsfromrussia.com /world/2001/02/28/2752.html   (1883 words)

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