Local Koreans expect little to change

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Hyo Gyum-Kim doesn’t expect much to change on the Korean peninsula after the death of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il.

“It’s big news, of course,” said Hyo, who is from South Korea and works with Korean-American churches in Augusta. “It’s going to take many factors to change the situation over there, though.”

Kim Jong Un, the dictator’s third son, was named his successor. Hyo said the son’s policies are probably going to be much the same.

“I cannot expect for many things to change,” he said.

Dr. Yong Park, a professor of neurology and pediatrics at Georgia Health Sciences University, said the world will not know much about Kim Jong Un until he begins his administration.

“He’s a very young, 27-year-old leader,” he said. “It can be better, but we really don’t know.”

The professor said Kim Jong Un was probably heavily influenced by his father, but his age might mean he’s more willing to work with the rest of the world.

“Hopefully, this is one event that can open the door to change,” he said.

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Riverman1 12/20/11 - 05:56 am
South Korea doesn't want

South Korea doesn't want reunification with the North. There are too many people in poverty in the North that the South would have to absorb and help.

dstewartsr 12/20/11 - 09:56 am
The death of one despot in

The death of one despot in the People's and Workers's Free Democratic Republic of Dungeon -- oops, North Korea, means zilch. There's always another in the wings. As for unification, if you ask on a national level, the South is heavily opposed.

But, and this is a biggie, ask each family if they would want to be reunited with their relatives in the north and it's almost 100% pro. It's like with Congress; everyone wants to throw the bums out- except their bum.

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