It Was a Very Lonely Decision

Roh Tae Woo paused last week to talk with TIME's Tokyo bureau chief Barry Hillenbrand and correspondent S. Chang. At his party's headquarters, Roh sipped ginseng tea between questions and spoke in a quiet, steady voice. Excerpts:

On his decision. Seeing all those demonstrations, the discontent and anger, I tried to look for the answer to the situation. I met with many leaders from many walks of life and listened patiently to what they said. I also met with young students and had a chance to talk with my family. After hearing all those opinions, I came to the conclusion that...

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