A Very Expensive Affair

Can the world contain Kim Jong Il if South Korea keeps propping up his Stalinist regime with aid and industrialization projects? The question may rapidly become moot. South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun says he will push ahead with engagement. But the North's refusal to halt its nuclear-weapons program has made funding the North a hard sell in Seoul—and it's all the harder due to a scandal over allegations that the government secretly funneled millions of public dollars to the North through Hyundai Asan Corp.

Another "Sunshine Policy" setback: groundbreaking for the planned $2.3 billion Kaesong industrial park,...

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