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The Lee government’s policy toward the denuclearization of North Korea and its implications for South-North Korean relations

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  • Kim, Hong Nack
  • International Council on Korean Studies


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Title The Lee government’s policy toward the denuclearization of North Korea and its implications for South-North Korean relations
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Author(English)

Kim, Hong Nack

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

Date 2011
Journal Title; Vol./Issue International Journal of Korean Studies:vol. 15(no. 2)
Pages 32
Subject Country North Korea(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Government and Law < Public Administration
Government and Law < National security
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Abstract

Inter-Korean relations have been virtually frozen since the inauguration of the Lee Myung-Bak government in February 2008, largely due to Pyongyang’s attempts to develop its nuclear weapons program in violation of numerous international agreements, including the denuclearization agreements signed by all parties to the six-party talks, including North Korea from 2005 to 2007. In addition to carrying out the second nuclear test in 2009 in violation of numerous international agreements, Pyongyang also secretly built a sophisticated ultra-modern uranium enrichment (HEU) facility in Yongbyon. Pyongyang’s defiant attitudes and policy on the nuclear issue are totally unacceptable to the Lee government which regards the denuclearization of North Korea as a prerequisite to the normalization of inter-Korean relations. It has decided not to provide any economic assistance to North Korea unless and until North Korea gives up its nuclear ambitions. (The rest omitted)