Expert: Korean 'confederation' a no-win for the South

Monday, March 18, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

No. Korea and So. Korea meeting (Apr 2018)The head of human rights organization is concerned that South Korea's desire to unify with the North may lead to the formation of a confederation that would empower Kim Jong Un.

While President Donald Trump is concerned about getting rid of North Korean nukes, South Koreans appear more concerned about unification with the communist regime in Pyongyang. A Gallup Korea opinion poll taken last fall showed that 84 percent of South Koreans favor unification, the highest proportion since 2004. And South Korean President Moon Jae-in made history last year when he made the first speech ever by a South Korean leader to the North Korean people.

Suzanne Scholte, chairman of the North Korea Freedom Coalition, explains one idea that's been discussed.

"… The Moon government has been talking about having this confederation with North Korea," she tells OneNewsNow. "And this whole idea is that [they] would have this loose confederation that eventually could lead to North Korea dominating South Korea."

Scholte

According to Scholte, the domination would take place even though the population of South Korea is considerably larger than the North.

"The South Koreans … don't have like a Republican Party and a Democratic Party; they have multi-parties," she explains.

"So let's say you had an election and you had three or four people running for office," she suggests. "All the North Koreans vote for Kim Jong Un and the South Koreans split their votes between two to three other candidates.

"That's the kind of scenario that people are very concerned about Moon's government is proposing this confederation," she concludes. "They're very worried that they're not looking at the reality of what would happen because the North Koreans would all vote for the same person, Kim Jong Un, [while] South Koreans would divide their vote."

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