Quotes by South Korean authors


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"The Age of Northeast Asia is fast approaching"
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"We are a people who can bring about miracles if united"
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"If there is a doubt, I believe that I must put myself forward and undergo the people's judgment"
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"Even if we encounter some shameful events in the past, we shouldn't avoid or hide them"
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"We must regain the confidence and drive to decide our own destiny"
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"I reached a situation in which I cannot conduct the presidency"
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"Let us make future generations remember us as proud ancestors just as, today, we remember our forefathers"
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"At times, we were forced to go through a history of dependence, unable to determine our own destiny. But today, we are at the threshold of a new turning point"
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"So such an American troops presence in Korea in the South and Japan, total some 100,000 should stay there forever, even after unification of Korean peninsula"
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"So moderate is insisting that North Korea should open door to outside"
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"But such IMF pressure is very much helpful for me to push such a, you know, reform. So in this sense I think IMF is very much helpful for alien society"
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"American presence is, you know, the major cause of balance of power and the stability in this region"
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"You know, North Korea situation is far worse than East Germany, and South Korea is weaker than West Germany"
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"So in Asia I want to make - I want to succeed to make a model of what success, practicing democracy, and market economy. Then that will give a good influence over Asian countries"
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"So if North Korea continues present isolation, then with such economic difficulties the North Korean government must meet a very serious situation in the future"
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"And also, we are providing, you know, a nuclear power plant in the north, two light water systems, so some 4 or 5 billion dollars we are providing to meet with North Korean requests on the condition North Korea will not produce a nuclear weapon"
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"Well, that is very imperative to let North Korea open door to outside"
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"Unification is one thing, and stability in Northeast Asia is another thing"
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"Unification is not our present goal. That is a future program"
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"So South Korean ability is very much limited to handle North Korean, you know, difficulties. So we don't want to see an immediate collapse of the North Korea regime"
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"To realize peace on the Korean peninsula, and to develop exchange, cooperation between both Koreas, they are the, you know, immediate target of our government"
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"There is some sign that North Korea is changing recently. There is ongoing successful negotiation to have a military talk to Pyongyang, which has been stopped for seven years"
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"So for mutual interest, I do want American presence in this region"
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"I think a major cause of present Asian economic difficulties that mainly come from, you know, lack of market economy"
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"So now we are pushing economic reform, bank reform and enterprise reform. So we can finish that reform this year, in September or October. Then our economy may be much more, you know, normalized"
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"If America would withdraw from South Korea, there could be a power struggle between such as China and Japan"