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North-South Relations Suffer A Sudden Chill

Like so many other South Koreans, Lee Won Son, a gaunt 97-year-old watchmaker, will remember Monday’s professed nuclear test by North Korea as the day night began to fall on the “sunshine policy.” The policy, launched by Seoul, had since the late 1990s provided the impoverished North with financial benefits and a road map for national reunification. It had also offered tens of thousands of South Koreans the prospect of reuniting with their loved ones, relatives in the North who had been completely shut off from the world in the aftermath of the 1950-53 Korean War. For Lee, who in 1949 had left his family in the North to prepare for the new life they hoped for in the South, there was no greater prize the Pyongyang government could have offered. Full Story

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