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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 
      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)
16-Jun-2000 07:41 AM EDT (16-Jun-2000 1141 UTC)
Source: Voice of America

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