S.Korea Not Seen as Threat in N.Korea

North Koreans tend to view the U.S. as the enemy of their country and believe Washington does not support Korean reunification, a survey suggests.

The interview-based survey was conducted among 100 North Koreans in China earlier this year by the Chosun Ilbo and Center for Cultural Unification Studies.

There was no a single North Korean who views South Korea as a threat.

Respondents said the most urgent task before reunification is the withdrawal of American troops from South Korea.

A North Korean child draws a toy bow aiming at a target looking like U.S. President Barack Obama in Pyongyang on June 1, 2014. /AP-Newsis A North Korean child draws a toy bow aiming at a target looking like U.S. President Barack Obama in Pyongyang on June 1, 2014. /AP-Newsis

Forty-seven saw the U.S. as the biggest threat to the North, 28 Japan and only one China. But 24 said they do not know.

While North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is trying to improve relations with Japan to emerge from diplomatic isolation, North Koreans feel nearly as hostile toward Japan as they do to the U.S.

"Japan is on the same side as the U.S.," one respondent said, summing up the feelings of many. A majority believe Japan is also against reunification.

But most perceived Russia as an ally who does support reunification.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jul. 14, 2014 08:20 KST

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