I don’t know if today’s news in Korea Herald will be a taken as a piece of good news by majority of the South Koreans. The US National Intelligence Council (NIC) released its 120-page report titled “Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World”. The report sees a unified Korea by 2025 although it does not see whether it will be a unitary state or a confederation.
I wrote in a previous post that majority of young Koreans who enjoy their first world lifestyle may not be too keen to have a unified Korea as it would entail shouldering the North’s poverty and share the South’s prosperity. In fact, there is a world of difference between the two countries. Where the South has abundance, the North is facing food crisis. Where the South enjoys an advanced media technology, the North’s media is being monitored, confiscated even. Where the South can stage vigils against issues (even on the seemingly petty resistance against the US beef), the North’s subjects are being publicly executed to intimidate the other North Koreans.
That would be sixteen years from now:-).