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Last fall, a group of Korean religious leaders paid Kim Dae Jung a visit 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 North Korea seemed to be making progress. In a closed-door session, the visitors sipped orange juice and chatted amiably. Then they delivered some sobering advice. They warned Kim that Koreans were deeply divided over his policy of rapprochement with the North. Sit down with the opposition, they urged, and forge a consensus on how to deal with Pyong-yang....

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