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By Hyung Gu Lynn

In Bipolar Orders, Hyung Gu Lynn examines either North Korea and South Korea because the 1980's. whereas North Korea has skilled critical monetary deterioration and lengthening foreign isolation, South Korea has passed through democratization and witnessed the emergence of a colourful shopper tradition. satirically, this transforming into hole in ideologies and fabric criteria has ended in enhanced relatives among the 2 international locations. Why has this counterintuitive improvement happened? Is North Korea rather a chance, and if that is so, to whom? .

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In the northern half, the Soviets recognized the KPR, land reforms were implemented, and former colonial officials and collaborators had their properties confiscated. The American occupying forces, in contrast, refused to recognize the KPR, and instead established the United States Army Military Government in Korea (USAMGIK). Working on the assumption that the KPR was a communist-run organization, USAMGIK proceeded to extinguish people’s committees throughout the southern half, while at the same time, rampant inflation soured the opinions of many workers on the American trusteeship.

Despite government censorship of the press, details South Korea’s Democratization and Consolidation | 35 of her story were printed in the newspapers, sparking a public outcry. Then, in January 1987, the death of Pak Chong-ch’o˘l, a student at Seoul National University, angered the public. He had been suffocated by policemen who repeated dunked his head into a large tub of water, and crushed his throat against the rim of the tub. The attending medical examiner contradicted the police denials, and the mass media picked up the story, eventually forcing the police to acknowledge that they had tortured and killed Pak Chong-ch’o˘l.

Unlike in 1980, the US position was clear and consistent in warning Chun against the use of military force to quell demonstrations. US President Ronald Reagan wrote a letter to Chun on June 19 that gently but firmly urged a peaceful resolution to the current crisis. 30 Internal divisions in the government Fourth and finally, there were some indications of a significant if not major split between moderates and hardliners within the government. On June 19, 1987, Chun ordered some of his military 38 | Bipolar Orders units to stand by to prepare to attack demonstrators in Seoul.

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