Two Koreas likely to remain even if denuclearisation occurs: Experts

A South Korean soldier stands guard at the Unification Observatory, just south of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, on Aug 20, 2018.
A South Korean soldier stands guard at the Unification Observatory, just south of the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas in Goseong, South Korea, on Aug 20, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO - The two Koreas are moving towards co-existence in a "permanent peace regime" and not reunification, even if North Korea were to fulfil its promise to fully denuclearise, experts told a policy forum here on Thursday (Sept 13).

One reason for this, said Dr Choi Kang of South Korea's Asan Institute for Policy Studies, is the high socioeconomic cost to Seoul, which would have to shoulder the hefty bill for any reunification.

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