More than half of the citizens of South Korea were in favor of continuing the dialogue or talks with North Korea and striving to find a compromise with their neighbor.
According to the survey conducted in April by the National Unification Institute of the Republic of Korea, 51.4% of respondents spoke in favor of dialogue. Thus, the number of supporters of a rapprochement with Pyongyang among South Korean citizens for the first time in history exceeded the number of opponents.
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At the same time, 72.4% of respondents still claim that North Korea will never abandon its nuclear program or opt for complete denuclearization, reports Yonhap.
Talks with North Korea continue as 65.6% are convinced of the need to unite the two Korean states separated by the 1950-1953 war, which is eight percentage points more than in 2017.
The National Unification Institute points out that the changes in citizens’ attitudes came about due to the active policy of the Government and the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, who advocates normalizing relations with Pyongyang.
The situation on the Korean peninsula has improved significantly in 2018. Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, held several meetings and signed on April 27, 2018, the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity, and Peace. Unification of the Korean Peninsula.
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In addition, the Moon Jae-in Government launched a new policy related to the circumstances that have arisen in relation to North Korea. It is aimed at intensifying economic cooperation with this country, starting a new peaceful era, based on joint cooperation.
South Korea, which is connected to the rest of the world only by sea and air, in case of improving relations with North Korea will have a new road to Eurasia by land.
Currently, the length of the sea route through which it exports its products to Europe is more than 20,000 km. With the normalization of relations with the North, a new short exit to Europe will appear.