Roh Moo Hyun Takes Center Stage

South Korean President-elect Roh Moo Hyun won office in December by tapping into a rising tide of anti-Americanism. Just days before the close of the extremely tight race, candidate Roh said he might favor neutrality if a war ever broke out between North Korea and the U.S.—the country that saved the South in the Korean War and still deploys 37,000 soldiers to protect it from its menacing neighbor.

It turns out ruling is a little more complicated than running. Roh, who takes his presidential oath on Feb. 25, has spent the past few...

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