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Will Kim Jong Il's Death Make Korean Reunification Possible?


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Cal
- 943 days ago - theweek.com
Now that North Korea's belligerent "Dear Leader" is gone, South Koreans are reconsidering the distant dream of a united peninsula



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Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 3:22 pm
This article answered its own question - China will never give up N. Korea.
 

Terry King (108)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 3:26 pm
No.
 

Susanne R. (249)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 8:50 pm
Unfortunately, I don't think North Korea will change its evil ways just because their deranged leader died. The dictator who's replacing him is his own son. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm guessing that we'll see more of the same.
 

Raluca Anghel (84)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 2:03 am
a change is inevitable but it will take some time....
 

Francisco Pires (1)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 8:07 am
We have to wait several years to see this happen. In the present day the answer is no.
 

Shan D. (49)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 8:34 am
Maybe in another 20 years...
 

Vicky P. (462)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 12:41 pm
no, the Military and his son very much control the country and they won't allow NK to be ruled by different people.
 

John S. (297)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 1:31 pm
I doubt it.
 

Bruce Van Tassell (7)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 1:47 pm
Unlikely the years of total control over human actions will not be undone easily. Unification maybe but at a high mental and physical therapy . On both sides the south just as brain washed into capitalism.
 

Bill Eagle (32)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 4:08 pm
Perhaps in the lifetimes of some. Our hope is that Kim Jong Un is more compassionate than his father and actually cares for his people.
My guess is that he is not. A repressive regime like this can not last very long.
 

Craig Zimmerman (86)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 4:52 pm
I doubt it very much. North Korea's network of secret police and prison camps is still very much in place.
 

marie tc (166)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 6:21 pm
The people are so brain washed they probably are quite happy and superior feeling as they are.
The South have happily advanced fantastically very few eat cats and dogs now They all have good lives no one goes hungry and education is brilliantMust saycapitalism has really worked so far in the south
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 7:36 pm
His son will take over in his foot steps and China will still be the same
 

Birgitta S. (221)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 9:28 pm
?????? Scary doubting, for the NK citizens...... brain washed & so Suffering without FOOD
 

Sue H. (7)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 11:19 pm
Sadly, decades of oppression are not easily overturned. But wouldn't it be wonderful?
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Friday December 23, 2011, 6:12 am
The short answer is no. Neither Kim Jong Il nor his father nor his son stayed or will stay in power on their own. While China is a factor, the entrenched Military and Military Industrial Complex of North Korea are the real power. You must remember that NK is a militarized Plutocracy, those who control the military and the MIC are the actual rulers of NK and no one that they do not want in power will be in power.
 

DORIS L. (61)
Friday December 23, 2011, 12:01 pm
No. This particular apple does not fall far from the tree.
 

Bob P. (425)
Friday December 23, 2011, 3:04 pm
not in the near future but some day perhaps
 
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