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    Posted: 12-Jul-2014 at 07:30
Will Korea ever be unified ? It has already been 60+ years since the Korean War. I really want to hear more intellectual point of views.  Is it already possible, or is the hatred and ignorance of both sides already too deep ? I would like to have a discussion with people about this.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Jul-2014 at 10:20
Eventually the North will collapse.  It will likely be a cataclysmic political upheaval.  I don't believe there will be a reunification, rather a "normalization" of relations between the 2.   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12-Jul-2014 at 13:18
I believe the collapse of North and also reunification.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Nov-2014 at 15:27
Yeah, North Korea will eventually collapse. Two scenarios are possible:
1. A new dictator will take over, more, for the lack of the better word "normal", who will present himself as a liberator.
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2. Unification of two countries, which will be a process of many steps. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22-Nov-2014 at 16:20
Most people are unaware that there is already normal business dealings between North and South Korea, including regular rail service.

In the meantime, South Korea has a buffer state between them and China.

South Korea needs to assume their own defense and security, however; time to stop living off of America when their economy is better off than ours.
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The people of both of the Koreas are similar ethnically and culturally, and they share a common history. At times in the long-ago past, the North (Koguryo) and the South (Paekche) were separated under different regimes, but they successfully re-united.  It's only politics that keeps  the North and South  apart now. If both regimes could modify their political stances, a reunification would be possible. It would be difficult in the short run, due to their confrontational politics, but in the long run it could be to their benefit.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2014 at 16:44
There is no compromise or modification possible between s tyrannical absolute dictatorship and a democratically run nation.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23-Nov-2014 at 17:57
The North Korean dictator is young, pumped-up, and feeling his oats right now. And he comes from a regime that's known for confrontation.  But as the years go by and he ages, if he remains in power, he'll likely become more inclined toward compromise.

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It's funny, South Korean government celebrates the idea of unification in public for political points but when it comes to foreign policy, it's the very opposite. South Korea sees immediate unification similar to German reunification, albeit with far more chaos and mayhem. It's the same fear China has when flood of desparate and pissed off refugees and immigrants pour into South Korean border. It's worse than invasion; not easy for Korean troops to open-fire on Koreans.


Originally posted by Mountain Man

Most people are unaware that there is already normal business dealings between North and South Korea, including regular rail service.

In the meantime, South Korea has a buffer state between them and China.

South Korea needs to assume their own defense and security, however; time to stop living off of America when their economy is better off than ours.

This is why I say despite all the parodies and empty threats from North Korea, they know exactly what they are doing. They're not idiots. Their nuclear cards and empty threats are based on their geopolitics. And yes, Mountain Man is right about business relationships between North and South. I'm not sure about the railway, but North Korea has a special economic zone just above the DMZ border called Kaesong... (name could be wrong) where South Korean conglomerates invested (and continue to invest) for cheap manufacturing bases and still utilize skilled and determined North Korean labor. It's not perfect; every time when they make threats and bomb shits like they did in Yeongpeng, they close the zone for a while to throw some fits... but they consistently reopen because even dictators realize the importance of steady cash flow. I don't blame North Korea too much though; when they have 99 problems, it's hard to simply reform like the world demands them to do without causing massive chaos and anarchy. 

But I strongly disagree with the fact that South Korea is spoiled by US military. Let's be frank, American military isn't stupid despite what anti-American movements say using Iraq War and making Bush parody youtube clips. American troops aren't there to bail out Koreans... they need to be there for geopolitical reasons. They get an established military bases in the middle of Far East Asia not only to keep the North Koreans in check symbolically (let's face it, if North Koreans start their blitzkrieg, 20,000 Americans won't do shit against millions of brainwashed North Koreans lol), but it's also to show commitment to the Japs that Americans is still a committed ally. To Chinese, it's a living reminder that US still has cards to play in Far East. South Koreans no longer receive substantial aids from US anymore, and they are investing heavily to develop their own military complex (such as their  own standard issue weapons, artillery system like K9 which are used domestically and also exported to Turkey... etc etc, and K2 Black Panther looks pretty cool... even if it is prohibitively expensive and they only have a handful). Koreans pay to get American aircrafts in full. It's not a charity case. 

Originally posted by Windemere

The people of both of the Koreas are similar ethnically and culturally, and they share a common history. At times in the long-ago past, the North (Koguryo) and the South (Paekche) were separated under different regimes, but they successfully re-united.  It's only politics that keeps  the North and South  apart now. If both regimes could modify their political stances, a reunification would be possible. It would be difficult in the short run, due to their confrontational politics, but in the long run it could be to their benefit.

I cannot disagree more. It appears that way, but over 60 years of segregation forced the Koreans to have some divergence with cultures. Many North Korean refugees in South Korea have trouble assimilating to highly competitive South Korean society despite their hatred for iron-fist communist rules. They still share fundamental aspects of culture and language but to say they will join hands and just let the society merge into one is a nationalistic fantasy. 
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