Korea reunification not likely even with denuclearisation

TOKYO • The two Koreas are moving towards coexistence 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 yesterday.

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

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2018, with the headline 'Korea reunification not likely even with denuclearisation'. Subscribe