South Korea: Kim Dae Jung: The Halo Slips

Last fall three religious leaders close to Kim Dae Jung visited him at the presidential Blue House. It should have been a festive occasion. The South Korean President had just won the Nobel Peace Prize, and his push to pry open Communist North Korea seemed to be working. In a private session, the visitors warned Kim that Koreans were deeply divided over his policy of rapprochement with North Korea. Sit down with the opposition leaders, they urged, and forge a national consensus on how to deal with Pyongyang. Above all, step back from the day-to-day fray of party politics and be...

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