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The Lee Myungbak Government’s North Korea Policy and Two Korea’s Relationship: Situation, Problems and Evaluation

  • The Journal of Northeast Asia Research
  • Abbr : NEA
  • 2012, 27(2), pp.101-132
  • DOI : 10.18013/jnar.2012.27.2.004
  • Publisher : The Institute for Northeast Asia Research
  • Research Area : Social Science > Political Science > International Politics > International Relations / Cooperation

Soongoo Cho 1

1전북대학교

Candidate

ABSTRACT

On February 2008, Lee Myungbak government revealed ‘the Denuclearization· Openness· 3,000 Initiative’ to enhance the North Korean economy by persuading North Korea to open up by surrendering its nuclear weapons and collaborate to ensure that the North Korean people find happiness. The initiative favorably envisions increasing the North Korean GNI per capita to 3,000 dollars in ten years. In fact, The Initiative is the starting point of the Lee Myungbak government’s North Korea policy, added a creative pragmatism to achieve new goals and voiced his opinion on North Korea’s human rights issues. Looking back, Lee Myungbak government could not warrantee to get the soluble outcome of initiative’s goal, leaving as the initiative’s controversial out of massive aid to North Korea, in the name of the ‘Productive & Creative Pragmatism’: in realty, the initiative has not reach to effectuate change in North Korea. The Lee government neglects the discussion on the communication issue with the North during his presidency and struck the national coexistence deal without any sort of social consensus and examination on the ways, created an heavy diplomatic burden to the next government.

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