United States and South Korea Policies Essay

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The United States (US) and the Republic of South Korea (ROK) has had several significant policy agreements and disagreements between each other for several decades after the Korean War. During President George W. Bush’s tenure in office at the White House, a couple key policy agreements between the US and ROK came to light, such as President Kim Dae Jung’s “Sunshine Policy1” officially known as the Policy of Reconciliation and Cooperation toward North Korea. The Sunshine Policy did not fare to well with Bush’s administration and they considered Kim naïve and completely annulled the Policy all together. This was due to the ROK’s passive stance on North Korea’s ongoing nuclear program. The title of “The Sunshine Policy” originates from …show more content…
3. “An arms race triggered by increased political and military tension can create major obstacles for our efforts to surmount the IMF crisis by keeping foreign investments away.” This could lead to possible North Korea military actions in their desperate state. 4. “It can assuage North Korean fears that reform and improving relations must necessarily lead to an implosion of their state.” This can possible lead North Korea, on their own accord to be more open minded on their current military stances and displays some benevolence to the world. 5. “The surrounding powers will have vested interests at stake in the Korean peninsula.” This does not bring much room to turn from the course of action. 6. “It is a policy decided through necessary decision-making processes and passed muster with public opinion.” The ROK provided billions of dollars into this program to ultimately request North Korea to “stop behaving badly.” One method Kim fostered was the reunionification of North and South Korean families. Many of the families that were separated had not seen each other for over 50 years since the division at the 38th parallel following the end of the

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