Response to Korea

According to a poll published last week by the Munhwa Ilbo daily and the Korea Society Opinion Institute, nearly one in two South Koreans say they would support North Korea if the U.S. launches a military strike without the South's consent. In a poll conducted last year by Seoul-based Research and Research, 39% of respondents said the biggest threat to South Korean national security was the U.S., while 33% said they feared North Korea the most.

May 9, 2005 Issue
The Xbox Explodes


 South Korea: See No Evil

 Books: The Deadly Dictator

 Taiwan: Standing his Ground
 N.Korea: Sticks and Stones
 China: Yuan Revaluation

 Check In: Copenhagen's Hotel
 Traveler: Jogging the Danube
 Interior Design: The Eco-Friendly Home Top Headlines

These results reflect the rise of a more nationalistic generation of South Koreans who are frustrated with America's dominant role in the fate of the peninsula. Younger citizens want their leaders to carve out a new, more independent position—one that envisions the eventual, peaceful reunification of the two countries. South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun, elected in 2002 thanks to strong support from younger voters, said in a speech in Los Angeles last year that he could understand why North Korea might feel it needs nuclear weapons as "a deterrant for defending itself from external agression."


               Donald Macintyre

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