Not on the Same Page

To understand why South Korea seems less concerned about its belligerent neighbor North Korea having nuclear weapons and more concerned about its hegemonic U.S. ally, visit the S bar in Seoul's chic Apgujeong quarter. It's only 40 kilometers to the dmz—well within artillery range—but you can't get much farther from the Stalinist North than this hip watering hole, where college student Lee Sung Yeon, 20, sips expensive cocktails with her girlfriends and talks about politics. Lee didn't attend recent anti-American protests, during which some of the demonstrators called for the withdrawal of 37,000 U.S. troops stationed in her country. "Too extreme,"...

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