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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on January 9th, 2013 at 7:57 am

Survey Shows Koreans Value US-ROK Alliance Less

I am sure if they take this same survey after another North Korean provocation that the results will probably be different:

Koreans place the least priority on the alliance with the U.S. when it comes to ensuring lasting peace on the peninsula, a survey shows. The survey was conducted by the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.

Bolstering awareness of national security was top of the list with 47.7 percent, followed by cooperation with North Korea with 46.8 percent, and strengthening self-defense with 44.6 percent.

Next came achieving diplomatic balance with the U.S., China, Russia and Japan with 27.1 percent. Only 20.4 percent said the most important thing is strengthening the alliance with Washington.

“Anti-American sentiment has worsened” since the deaths of two schoolgirls under a U.S. military vehicle in 2002, said Yoon Duk-min at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy. “It seems that the rise of China and the need to strengthen self-defense impacted public consensus.”  [Chosun Ilbo]

You can read more interesting Gallup survey results at the link such as the majority of Koreans (54.3%) think the two countries will be reunified within 20 years.

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  • Dr.Yu
    10:01 am on January 9th, 2013 1

    In my opinion something that holds back Koreans full trust in USA´s Asian policy is the fact they keep imposing restrictions to Korea´s defense development to favor Japan and China for the sake of its “power balance” strategy in Asia.

    The fact that they allow Japan to develop its military capacity freely while restraining Korea´s, just serve to increase suspicious against USA good will toward Korea, despite of USA´s importance in Korean past and present history.

  • Glans
    10:55 am on January 9th, 2013 2

    Like other countries, South Korea bears the primary responsibility for its own national security.

  • Dr.Yu
    11:41 am on January 9th, 2013 3

    #2 That`s right, than why can`t Korea possess nukes and deploy ballistic missiles with superior range? If we possess them we would be able to protect ourselves from our neighbors without USA help.
    We have just recently recovered our sovereignty from a colonial invader so we need to be sure that we can protect ourselves this time, but if something troubles our effort to achieve that end than we will have no choice but look for alternatives to overcome the problem. That`s why I think people valued others option rather than strengthening our military alliance with the USA in this pool.
    USA`s defense policy toward Asia puts korean self reliance in the sidelines … so as long as this goes on Koreans will look for alternatives to achieve its interest

  • Chris In Dallas
    3:35 pm on January 9th, 2013 4

    The Korean electorate is truly wise. In due time, the US will be unable to meet security obligations to Korea as it will be too overwhelmed providing free birth control, Obamaphones and whatever else the Scumocrats decide everyone must have. Its good they understand this so they can prepare…

  • ME
    4:10 pm on January 9th, 2013 5

    :lol: Look at the people who did this poll… :lol: Right wing fascists who suck up to United States, trying to make it sound as if the world is ending. :lol: I want to see what the poll questions really say. I’m betting my money they’ve deliberately misinterpreted the results for their own gain. :x

  • Denny
    5:20 pm on January 9th, 2013 6

    Didn’t Gallup predict that Romney would win?

  • Bruce K. Nivens
    7:25 pm on January 9th, 2013 7

    #3: “USA`s defense policy toward Asia puts korean self reliance in the sidelines … so as long as this goes on Koreans will look for alternatives to achieve its interest.”

    There are 28.5K U.S. personnel remaining in the ROK. The U.S. has closed its outlying posts and consolidated its remaining troop strength. U.S. forces are turning over responsibility for the forward defense of the DMZ to the ROK. The CFC is due to hand over wartime control to the ROK at the end of 2015. The ROK is in the process of purchasing all kinds of military tech to effectively take on its wartime responsibilities. Given all of this, I’m curious how you can say that we’ve put Korean self-reliance on the sidelines. It seems to me that we’re doing everything we can to give the ROK control over its national defense — except for the nukes. And as far as the nukes go, there is no need for the ROK to have them, since (1) the US is already committed to providing the nuclear umbrella and (2) it would be a violation of the NPT for the ROK to obtain the nukes at this point and (3) the ROK defense budget can be better spent on things other than nukes.

  • Dr.Yu
    8:03 pm on January 9th, 2013 8

    #7.
    ” And as far as the nukes go, there is no need for the ROK to have them, since (1) the US is already committed to providing the nuclear umbrella and (2) it would be a violation of the NPT for the ROK to obtain the nukes at this point and (3) the ROK defense budget can be better spent on things other than nukes.”

    Don’t you think is up to the Koreans to decide it?

  • Tom
    9:58 pm on January 9th, 2013 9

    What about the US capping South Korea’s missile range. This has really hurt South Korea’s technology regarding missile launches for space satellites. It has made South Korea fall behind everyone by at least 30 years.
    What right does the US have curbing South Korea’s missile range? Who the hell they think they are, dictating to South Korea what they must do? You know what I think? I think the US mean to have Korea permanently depended on the US. It’s good for lot of good business in the American defense industry.

  • SmokingFreedomGuy
    2:48 am on January 10th, 2013 10

    #8 and #9
    대한민국 = 동생
    미국 = 형님

    You may not like it but that’s the reality and the only way for it to change is for Korea to grow some chest hair. (Just the men though cause otherwise that’d be freaky.)

  • SteveOhOh
    6:30 am on January 10th, 2013 11

    This is nothing new people!

    Once again, despite what Korean apologists and the Korean media has reported to the contrary, a very, very large chunk of Koreans don’t like Americans. More than people assume in my opinion.

    Of course most don’t have the balls to say it to an Americans face, they save that talk for nonAmerican people like me. I can tell you that what they say about Americans whilst in an Americans presence is different than in mine.

    Over the years I have taught almost all ages, from 10 yrs to over 65 yrs and those 50 yrs and under are the most hateful, but again, they generally are not to the face of an American unless they are on the internet, drunken, or in great numbers.

    One must remember, like Tom, when Koreans say they hate Americans, they generally don’t mean Korean-Americans,at least when I asked them. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know who they truly mean, does it?

    It’s all a bit dodgy to me. Oh, and Tom, I’ve read that you like to go on about “white English teachers” and all so, before you run your mouth off about “white English teachers” again and all that, I’m not pure blooded like you Koreans claim to be and I even look the part.

  • James
    7:44 am on January 10th, 2013 12

    re: when many South Koreans excoriate Japan while giving North Korean a very easy pass, with this reasoning: “We’re the same race/ethnic group as North Korea, so we shouldn’t criticize the DPRK as harshly.”

    If that’s a valid excuse, then it’s all right for Japanese to excuse WW2 crimes committed by their war veterans, since “they’re the same race.” Or, Americans can brush away atrocities such as the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, since “we’re all Americans.”

    It’s just as bullsh**ty as if I say, “It’s wrong if a stranger robs a bank, but if my brother or cousin is a bank robber, then that’s okay.”

  • Eddie Cantor
    9:22 pm on January 10th, 2013 13

    11- They’re usually biatching about the USA while they’re sitting in Starbucks or Krispy Kreme and trying to figure out how they can get their kids into an American college. They also complain about the long lines at the US Embassy every time they need paperwork done to go to the USA. They’re ready to burn the American flag after coming back from Costco with a car full of groceries. Death to the American swine, but first let’s stop for dinner at McDonalds and hurry back so we can catch hours 2 and 3 of “Law & Order.” Do I need to go on?

 

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