North Korea and South Korea are separated by nothing but a military war fence.
The two nations share a common people and language. But for more than 50 years, the divided peninsula has pitted capitalist and largely pro-Western South Korea against communist North Korea.
Long unified and peaceful, Korea today is a divided land, its people split between antagonistic governments: the communist North and the capitalist South.
The flags of the respective countries show their differences. The flag of the North features the Red Star of Communism,
While the flag of the South Flag features ancient philosophical symbols. The circular "TaeGuk" symbolizes the harmonious state of yin and yang, and the four "Kwe" symbols represent heaven, fire, water and earth.
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In Suwon there is a monument for reunification, and the same in Seoul. By seeing these monuments throughout Seoul, Suwon, DMZ and South Korea, it makes you believe the reunification is actually wanted, but is that the case, and is it actually realistic?
Will there ever be one Korea?
Reunification monument - two Korean women in traditional garments reaching out to one another holding up a map of a unified Korea|
Today the war is in a seize fire.
Currently the “war” zone is called the de-militarized zone.
Also know as the DMZ
It lays on the bored of North and South Korea.
The Korean Feds?
After Kim Dae-jung became president of South Korea in 1998, a new round of cautious approaches has started. The historical June 2000 summit meeting between the top leaders of the two Koreas has awakened high hopes for unification and for a peace process. Since then there is increasing official interaction, but still only limited and controlled contacts among the people of the divided nation.
Will they ever reunite?
The desire to unify the country was equally strong in both parts of the country. After the complete withdrawal of the US and Soviet troops from Korea in 1949, the South wanted to "restore the lost land" and the North wanted to "liberate the southern half of the Republic". The North, economically and militarily much stronger than the South, decided to solve the problem of non-recognition and of the division by military means.
If others can do it… Why not Korea?
The first example of reunification that people think of now-a-days is East and West Germany, but Germany is a different story. First the economies of East and West Germany were not that far apart and it was realistic to help the East German Economy out until they caught up to the West.
In the case of Korea, North Korea is one of the poorest nations in the world while South Korea has an economy that is flourishing, and is probably in the top 20 of the world. So, if the Korean peninsula were to reunite, it would be a great burden on the South Korean economy to support the North, and may be so much that it would drag it down too much.
Kim Jung Yill, it is my impression that they would really prefer to see North Korea stay communist, thus making reunification problematic.