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Sunshine Policy

The current guiding philosophy of South Korea's foreign policy towards North Korea. It emphasizes peaceful cooperation between the two states, seeking short-term reconciliation as a prelude to re-unification in the future. Since its introduction in 1998 the policy has resulted in greater political contact between the two nations, several high-profile business ventures, and brief contacts between separated families. Critics believe that it ignores what they call the fundamentally repressive and belligerent nature of North Korea and that it has resulted in a propping up of the regime of Kim Jong-il. In 2000 Kim Dae Jung of South Korea was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as a result of the Sunshine Policy. (from Wikipedia).

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