DATE=6/16/2000 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=KOREA SUMMIT (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-263542 BYLINE=HYUN SUNG KHANG DATELINE=SEOUL CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: An overwhelming majority of South Koreans view this week's inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang as an overwhelming success. The historic first-ever meeting between the two Korean presidents produced an agreement on reconciliation and cooperation between the two countries, which are still technically at war. As Hyun Sung Khang reports from Seoul, many South Koreans are euphoric. TEXT: A South Korean newspaper opinion poll shows 97 percent of respondents say the summit resulted in a favorable outcome. More than half say they believe the two Koreas will be united within 10 years. Ordinary Koreans have a favorable attitude toward reunification: /// TWO KOREAN VOX-POP ACTS, WITH TRANSLATION /// FIRST MAN: I was moved to see the two leaders meet for the first time, and I hope they approach issues with patience and that their discussions will lead to reunification. SECOND MAN: I personally hope for a fast reunification, but realistically I think it will take a long time. We should take into account German reunification, although we should also go our own way. /// END ACT /// A wave of nationalism has swept the country following the Pyongyang summit. South Koreans seem to share the sentiments of their president, Kim Dae-jung, who on his return from the three day trip to the North, repeatedly pointed out that people from the North and South share a Korean heritage. Perceptions of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, have also changed dramatically. Mr. Kim has long been demonized in the South, but people here were surprised, and apparently charmed, by the humor and hospitality he displayed at the summit. Opticians here in Seoul say Kim Jong Il-style glasses are a popular choice with their middle-aged patrons. And among young schoolchildren, the North Korean leader, who bears a substantial paunch, is being likened to the popular children's television characters, the Teletubbies. The South Koreans' fraternal feelings appear to be reciprocated in the North. The South Korean news agency, Yonhap, is reporting that North Korea is no longer airing anti-South Korean propaganda, under orders from Kim Jong-il. /// OPT /// Quoting a South Korean official who accompanied President Kim on his Pyongyang visit, the news agency says Kim Jong-il announced during a state lunch that he had ordered the National Defense Committee to stop any broadcasts slandering South Korea. /// END OPT /// South Korean newspapers also have been overwhelmingly positive about the summit agreement. Even the conservative Chosun Ilbo gave the deal a thumbs-up, saying it would serve as a cornerstone for new inter- Korean relations. But it warned that it would wait to see whether the North really does change, and whether the agreement is actually implemented. For millions of South Koreans who have been separated from their families by the Korean War and the subsequent division of the peninsula, the summit has special significance. Both presidents agreed to reunite these families. President Kim Dae-jung has already said that inter-Korean Red Cross talks will resume this month. Red Cross societies of the two sides have been responsible for family reunion negotiations in the past. (Signed) NEB/HK/HSK/JO/WTW 16-Jun-2000 07:41 AM EDT (16-Jun-2000 1141 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .
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