By Eric V. Larson

Have South Korean attitudes towards the us deteriorated? to respond to this query RAND researchers compiled and analyzed SOuth Korean public opinion information from the prior decade.

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S. S. -South Korean relations. S. rising from 61 percent in April 1998 to 71 percent in May 2000, with those expressing an unfavorable opinion declining from 36 percent to 27 percent in the same period. -ROK relationship to have never been better. 40 The historic summit meeting between South Korean President Kim Dae Jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong Il in June 2000 appeared to strengthen the relationship further. The warmth of the welcome South Korean delegates received in Pyongyang and range of areas agreed upon for cooperative efforts created the impression of a truly momentous breakthrough in inter-Korean reconciliation.

65–66. 5 Acheson (1970), p. 581. 9 political spectrum expressed strong dissatisfaction with the country’s division, even on a temporary basis. S. military rule. S. military authorities. S. S. military occupation set off large demonstrations against the military government. S. decided that, notwithstanding the strong Korean aspiration for independence, it had no choice but to continue with wartime allied agreements and proposed an international trusteeship over Korea at the Moscow conference in December 1945 (which the Soviets accepted), massive demonstrations erupted throughout the country.

When the Yalta Conference did not even mention Korea, many Korean leaders suspected that Korea had been sacrificed to secure Soviet involvement in the war against Japan. S. actions as close to a betrayal. S. made three fateful decisions. S. action. But in a land with hundreds of years of history as a single, unified country, it was highly controversial from the beginning. Koreans on both left and right sides of the _________________ 2 On Roosevelt’s attitudes, see Nahm (1982). For a detailed analysis of the period, see Conroy (1960), p.

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