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“DRESDEN, Germany, March 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Friday unveiled a package of proposals calling for bolstering exchanges with North Korea as first steps toward building trust between the two sides to lay the groundwork for unification.”
"Now more than ever, South and North Korea must broaden their exchange and cooperation," Park said in the address. "What we need is not one-off or promotional events, but the kind of interaction and cooperation that enables ordinary South Koreans and North Koreans to recover a sense of common identity as they help each other out."
"Unification is the path (both) Korean people should inevitably take," the parliamentary speaker said during the meeting, adding that lawmakers need to pay more attention to and put efforts into the unification issue.”
Rekindling hopes for unification and better cross-border relations, President Park Geun-hye announced her vision for the reunification of the Korean Peninsula in what is called the "Dresden Declaration" in March in the namesake German city.
Pyongyang’s invective says that President’s Dresden Declaration was made with unification by absorption in mind
“But reading between the lines in the statement, the message that North Korea is trying to communicate becomes comparatively clear. First of all, North Korea said that the very fact that Park Geun-hye made the speech in Germany, which “was reunified through absorption,” was evidence of her “impure intentions.” Turned on its head, this can be interpreted as North Korea asking the South to prove that the Dresden Declaration was not made with unification by absorption in mind.”
“SEOUL, July 15 (Yonhap) -- South Korea set up a blue-ribbon committee aimed at making preparations for unification with North Korea, the presidential office said Tuesday, amid tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula over Pyongyang's missile launches.”
"Reunification should be achieved in a mutually beneficial way, not for interest of just one side, whether the South or the North," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said at a forum in the southern island of Jeju.”
"In the past, our governments believed that maintaining good South-North relations would automatically lead to reunification. They, however, lacked ideas on ways to achieve reunification," he said.
“SEOUL, July 31 (Yonhap) -- South Korea launched a highly symbolic railroad service Thursday between its capital and the eastern border town of Cherwon, as President Park Geun-hye endeavors to keep the momentum of her stated reunification vision.”
"We expect this kind of railway service to help promote reconciliation between South and North Korea," she said at the event.”
“Trains used to run between Seoul and the North's city of Wonsan via Cherwon on the Gyeongwon Line in the early 1900s. But the railroad was disconnected with the division of Korea.”
"It has been a year and six months since the launch of the Park Geun-hye administration. But a trust-building process is not in operation yet," said the institute. "It is important to make space for various types of inter-Korean contact, exchange and cooperation in order to raise the South-North Integration Index."
“ It added that Pyongyang's planned participation in the Incheon Asian Games and the launch of a presidential panel on reunification in the South may help spur efforts to warm inter-Korean relations.”
“SEOUL, South Korea — Three of the most trusted aides to the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in South Korea on Saturday to attend the closing ceremony of the Asian Games in a highly unusual trip that could perhaps signal an easing of the tense relations on the divided Korean Peninsula.”
“The meetings would mark the highest-level government dialogue since Ms. Park took office in February last year. Mr. Lim said he did not know whether the North Koreans were carrying a letter from Mr. Kim to Ms. Park. The South Korean leader did not plan to attend the closing ceremony on Saturday evening in Incheon, a port city west of Seoul.”
“SEOUL, Oct. 15 (Yonhap) -- South and North Korea have been pushing to hold inter-Korean military talks "soon" to explore ways to ease tensions, two Seoul government sources said Wednesday, amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula after a series of shootouts along the inter-Korean land and sea borders.”
"With a goal to ease military tensions, we have been preparing for the inter-Korean talks," one of the sources said, asking not to be identified. "I cannot say exactly when the meeting will be held, but the two sides are trying to meet soon."
“SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Yonhap) -- South Korea still hopes for the resumption of high-level talks with North Korea late this month despite sharp military tensions and Pyongyang's reticence about Seoul's dialogue offer, an official here said Monday.”
The North has not responded to the South's proposal that another round of vice ministerial talks be held on Oct. 30, according to unification ministry spokesman Lim Byeong-cheol.
. . ."We are instead asking civilian groups to act carefully and wisely in consideration of the safety and security of the people as North Korea's threats grow," the ministry spokesman said.
“President Park Geun Hye, who became South Korea’s first woman leader by promising a more “creative economy,” begins her second year vowing to pursue the unprecedented prosperity she said will result from unification with North Korea amid flagging interest from many citizens more than six decades after the peninsula’s war.”
“People would even sing, ‘we dream of unification even in our dreams,’” Park said in an interview at the presidential Blue House office in Seoul. “As the state of division continued to persist and drag on, it’s true the recognition of importance of unification has admittedly declined and fallen.”
“Unification will allow the Korean economy to take a fresh leap forward and inject great vitality and energy,” said Park, 61, daughter of Park Chung Hee, who ruled South Korea during the 1960s and ’70s and rose to colonel at the height of the 1950-1953 Korean War, a conflict that left millions dead. He was assassinated by his intelligence chief in 1979, five years after her mother also was killed by an assassin’s bullet meant for her father at an independence-day commemoration.
“Selling the unification story builds on a presidential agenda that began with an initiative to strengthen productivity and growth in South Korea’s economy through fostering innovation, entrepreneurship and capital investment.”
“With the South’s finance ministry in February calculating the cost of uniting the Korean peninsula at as much as $591 billion over a decade if it occurred in 2020, surveys show younger voters aren’t enthused at the prospect.”
A recent geological study indicates North Korea could hold some 216 million tons of rare earths, minerals used in electronics such as smartphones and high definition televisions.”
“Scott Bruce, an associate of the East-West Center in Hawaii, said the deposits could not only shake China's hold on the market but also improve relations with Japan and South Korea, two of the biggest importers of the minerals.”
“North Korea's been reported to be potentially holding the world's largest deposit of rare earth minerals at 216 million tonnes, which if properly managed and funneled, could make the world's most isolated regime and its people rich and powerful.”
"If North Korea was able to launch this program and develop its own industry," Scott Bruce, an associate of the East-West Center in Hawaii, told Voice of America. "It could potentially leverage them to integrate with its neighbors and no longer be the black hole in the center of northeast Asia."
“A new estimate suggests that North Korea may have more than 6 times the amount of rare earths as China.”
originally posted by: intrptr
Bee waiting for the second part…
After "Dividing" that country in the first place, "Unification" was tried in Vietnam, too. It didn't work there either. The only thing that eventually worked was sending the US packing.
Unification by absorption with US ports and bases still on the Peninsula is a pipe dream.
Those are my thoughts exactly ... the US and it's allies, have never accomplished anything but "tragedies". From Vietnam, to Korea, to Iraq, Lybia and now Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Germany was successfully ''Unified' peacefully.
Now, the real questions come as no surprise:
- Will the U.S. try to sabotage Reunification?
- What does the U.S. military do afterwards?
"No one can block my rights" to send leaflets, said Lee, whose leafleting Friday from a South Korean border village was believed to have directly caused North Korea to start fire.
South Korean activists vowed Thursday to continue to launch balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border into North Korea, days after their campaign triggered gunfire between the rival Koreas.
Mr. Park and other balloonists do have their domestic political opponents, principally the organizations that seek a return to South Korea’s so-called sunshine policy, which favors a conciliatory approach to the North. Some of these groups occasionally try to sabotage the showier balloon events, and Mr. Park, who has had 24-hour police protection since 2008, once fired a tear gas pistol during a violent melee at Imjingak.
“We get threats against him quite often now,” said a plainclothes police officer who was guarding Mr. Park before a recent launching.
“However, South Korean police have now rented the house next door to Lee's to keep an eye on him.”
“— as recently as last Friday — to “mercilessly” shell Imjingak and other border towns if the launchings continue. North Korean artillery units are dug in a few kilometers away, just across the world’s most heavily militarized border.”
“Local residents, even if they agree with his politics, do not particularly like to see him coming. For one thing, they would prefer not to be in the cross hairs of North Korean howitzers. Also, because the balloon events here can be confrontational, many South Korean tourists stay away, which has angered many of the local business owners. The tour buses are going elsewhere, the souvenir stands are struggling and the restaurant business is down more than 50 percent.”
“These men with the balloons, they have the right to do this,” she said. “But it’s infantile and silly.”
“They’re like little boys,” she said. “Little boys playing with matches.”
"Some groups may come here once to scatter leaflets, but their action has a lasting psychological, physical and economic impact on residents' lives," a representative of the Paju residents said in a press conference Thursday, as quoted by Yonhap News Agency.
"We will no longer tolerate their action, which threatens residents' right to live," the representative added.
The Yonhap News Agency also cited an opposition lawmaker as saying the South Korean Prime Minister's Office has funded groups behind the leaflet distribution with subsidies worth 200 million won ($189,038) over the past two years, assistance preventing President Park Geun-hye's goal of reunification.
"The large-sized balloons used to scatter the leaflets don't have any device for land-based control, meaning they are not considered ultra-small flight apparatuses," the official told reporters on background.