N.Koreans 'Want Reunification'

More North Koreans than South Koreans want reunification, according to a straw poll of defectors by Media Research with the assistance of the North Korea Refugees Foundation.

Interviews with 200 North Korean defectors, most of whom came to South Korea within the last two years, revealed that 76.5 percent of them believe North Koreans want reunification "very much," and only three percent "a little."

Two percent said North Koreans "do not really want" reunification, while 0.5 percent said they do not want it at all.

Some 87 percent of the defectors said they felt reunification was necessary when they were living in the North.

When asked which North Koreans are the biggest opponents to reunification, 82.5 percent of the defectors pointed to high-ranking Workers Party officials and 7.5 percent military officers. In contrast, ordinary workers and farmers are said not to be opposed to reunification.

In a separate survey on attitudes toward reunification of 1,000 South Koreans late last year, 44.5 percent said that their acquaintances feel reunification must happen, while 39.4 percent said people around them do not feel the need for reunification.

That would suggest North Koreans are keener on reunification than South Koreans.

englishnews@chosun.com / Feb. 04, 2014 12:20 KST