Friday, February 26, 2010

Lee Myung Bak's North Korean Policy is Popular

It appears that South Korea's president Lee Myung Bak's North Korean policy has appeased a majority of South Korea's population. From the Daily NK:
"The Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) has used this anniversary to survey public opinion in South Korea on the matter. Three significant results stand out: 58% of those surveyed agree with the policy overall, 84% approve of the “Grand Bargain” concept, and 56% believe North Korea is the cause of Korean Peninsula hostility. Four years ago, only 25% thought North Korea was the hostile party. So then, has the Lee administration policy been successful? It appears so."

I was in Korea when Lee was elected with an overwhelming majority, and then had a very difficult first year in office with a slew of setbacks and the notorious Beef protests. It didn't matter to me how successful his domestic agenda was, but I worried that his presidency would be so weakened that he would backtrack from the harder stance his administration took concerning North Korea. Thankfully, it seems most Koreans agree that his approach has been an adequate one.

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