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The Lee Myung-Bak government’s North Korea policy and the prospects for inter-Korean relations

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  • Kim, Hong Nack
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Title The Lee Myung-Bak government’s North Korea policy and the prospects for inter-Korean relations
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Kim, Hong Nack

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[Washington, D.C.]:International Council on Korean Studies

Date 2008
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 12(no. 1)
Pages 24
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < National security
Government and Law < International Politics
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Abstract

The inauguration of the Lee Myung-Bak government on February 25, 2008, aroused expectations that President Lee’s new North Korea policy would bring about more effective results in dealing with Pyongyang, including the realization of denuclearization of North Korea. Contrary to initial expectations, Lee’s North Korea policy has encountered unexpected problems and challenges as North Korea has not only suspended official inter-Korean dialogue and contacts since April but also refused to resume the talks with Seoul unless the Lee government would accommodate Pyongyang’s demands: (1) to honor the two interKorean summit agreements: the June 15 Joint Declaration (2000) signed between Kim Dae-Jung and Kim Jong-Il and the October 4 (2007) Declaration signed between Kim Jong-Il and Roh Moo-Hyun; (2) to discard the Lee government’s “Vision 3000: Denuclearization and Openness”; and (3) to abandon the strategy of strengthening South Korea’s alliance with the U.S. and Japan to pressure North Korea. (The rest omitted)