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South Koreans Support NK Policy: Poll

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A majority of South Koreans support their government's North Korea policy of reconciliation and cooperation and maintain positive views on the way it is being pursued, according to a public opinion survey released last week by the Ministry of Unification.

The ministry commissioned Research and Research, a polling company, to survey 1,500 Koreans aged 20 or over nationwide June 11-12 on the occasion of the second anniversary of the South-North Joint Declaration of June 15, 2000 between South and North Korea.

The survey found that 73.0 percent of the respondents endorsed the government's policy of reconciliation and cooperation and 64.5 percent approved of the way the government was implementing the policy.

Some 59.3 percent of those queried cited the reunion of separated families as the most remarkable development since the inter-Korean joint declaration two years ago and 34.8 percent responded that the most urgent issue was the problem of separated families, when the two Koreas would resume dialogue.

As for the level of the South's support toward the North, two-thirds (66.1 percent) of the respondents said the current level or more was necessary, indicating that a national consensus existed on North Korean assistance.