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The Voice of Russia : Russian government-run radio broadcasting station

Seoul is starting to make preparations for the reunification of North and South Korea, in a process that may cost 50 billion dollars provided it wraps up before the end of 2031.Speculation is rife, however, that that it will take the two Koreas at least 30 years to finalize the reunification, and that about 5 trillion dollars may be pumped into the process.

A special fund is already being set up for the purpose, with money due to be provided at the expense of budget surpluses and private donations. Foreigners will also be allowed to donate. The initiative was supported by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak who urged the introduction of a special “unification tax”, referring to Germany, where such a tax was once imposed.

In Moscow, expert Georgy Toloraya warns against drawing similar parallels. The current situation on the Korean Peninsula can hardly be compared to what was going in Germany in 1990, when both Eastern and Western Germany were interested in reunification, Toloraya says, citing the fall of the Berlin Wall:

"Neither Pyongyang nor Seoul wants reunification, he says, referring to the ongoing confrontation between the two sides, which makes all unification-related speculation irrelevant."

Seoul, meanwhile, insists that the unification must be brought about “at all costs”, with President Lee Myung-bak making it plain that the process may be finalized in the “not-too-distant future.” Pyongyang was quick to say that Seoul’s push for reunification is tantamount to a declaration of war. Georgy Toloraya, for his part, underscores the importance of economic collaboration between the North and the South:

"In this regard, he says, the unification fund could add greatly to such a collaboration, which may in turn contribute to national reconciliation between the two Koreas. The fund could also help boost full-blown trilateral cooperation between Seoul, Pyongyang and Moscow, including in the energy and transportation sectors."

Experts point to the economic gap between the North and the South, which they say may ride roughshod over the reunification process, something that was not the case with Western and Eastern Germany on the eve of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The two Koreas’ possible reunification may see the emergence of North Korean public servants turned criminals and terrorists, which will certainly exacerbate the situation on the Korean Peninsula. The fall of “the Korean wall” may also see the relocation of US military bases in South Korea to the territory of Russia’s and China’s immediate neighbor. Similar military transformation is fraught with serious political implication in East Asia.

US experts in turn fear that the potential reunification of the two Koreas may finally lead to the creation of a major regional player, whose nuclear potential and industrial power is almost sure to dismay Tokyo and Beijing.

Rumors of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's death spread through the S.Korean stock market yesterday (in Korean time)

I think unification of Korea is prerequisite essential for their future. maybe it's the matter that is directly connected to their survival in the future.
But.. in the short run (when unification is realized), there might be more serious problems in Korean society than we have thought..
It ain't going to happen. The Korea's will remain divided until some crazy long period of time elapses.

It's sad, but true.
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