23 Dec '11, 4am

Kim's death reignites talk of united Korea

Kim's death reignites talk of united Korea

SEOUL: The death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has revived debate in the capitalist South about the prospects for reunification with its communist neighbour after decades of growing ever further apart. Dreams of a peaceful and gradual reintegration of the two Koreas, split up at the end of World War II, have faded over the past 18 months following two deadly border attacks blamed on Pyongyang. Surveys taken before Kim's death showed waning enthusiasm among South Koreans for reunification, which according to some estimates could cost their country trillions of dollars and bring massive social upheaval. But the dictator's sudden demise on December 17 -- which briefly sent shudders through financial markets -- provided a stark reminder that an unpredictable hermit state is on their doorstep. "I think unification will come faster with the death of Kim Jong-Il," said 20-ye...

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