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Foreign Relations Of The Two Koreas 2007-2008

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Issues relating to the nuclear programme of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK - North Korea) continued to have an effect on the foreign relations of both Koreas. In addition to the uncertainty over the nuclear issue, the other major development in the period under review was the change of president in the Republic of Korea (ROK - South Korea) in February 2008. The kidnapping of a group of ROK Christian missionaries in Afghanistan in July 2007 led to much domestic angst about Koreans' lack of understanding and knowledge of the outside world. ROK-US relations moved onto a more even keel during 2007, and there seemed to be an abatement of the anti-US feeling that had characterised the earlier years of the Roh Moo-hyun presidency. The 13 February 2007 agreement and the various subcommittees that it created came under the umbrella of the Six Party Talks (which date from 2003).

Keywords: North Korea; Republic of Korea (ROK - South Korea); Roh Moo-hyun; ROK-US relations; Six Party Talks



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