Unification Ministry Revives Textbook on N.Korea

      January 18, 2010 12:56

      The Education Center for Unification under the Unification Ministry has revived a textbook covering North Korea's South Korea strategy 15 years after it was dropped from the center's syllabus.

      It had been a key subject taught since the Unification Research Institute, the center's predecessor, was inaugurated in 1972, but vanished from public lectures under the Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun administrations, who were reluctant to antagonize the North due to their engagement policy.

      But last year it popped up again in online lectures, and the new textbook was published on Jan. 1. It looks at such matters as the North's habit of simultaneously pursuing hardline and conciliatory strategies toward the South. The North's aim remains turning South Korea into a communist state, it says, and this will not change until the Juche (self-sufficiency) and Songun (military-first) ideologies are abolished and the entire system changes.

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