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The Safety of Inter-Korean Relations, the Development of North Korea, and Renewed Korea-Japan Relati

Photo credit: Kyodo News “Promises are made to be kept”; an aphorism suggesting that promises between sovereign states are more binding than those between individuals and should be enforced by international law. The Republic of Korea (henceforth, South Korea) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (henceforth, North Korea) are recognized as sovereign states by the international community, but inter-Korean relations are known as special relations, and different from relations between sovereign states. The history of inter-Korean relations in tumultuous, and the weight of accumulated ideas are not to be taken lightly. The purpose of the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and

One Nation, One Language? Linguistic Differences and Their Implications for a Reunified Korea

(Photo credit: The Asia Society Center for Global Education) By David Lee Former NKR Intern Linguistic differences between the two Koreas are commonly cited as examples of how different the two countries have become from one another. In South Korea, there is a consensus that the Korean language in North Korea has evolved in a very pernicious manner, in that people are forced to speak an artificial and retrograde language. Both Koreas have a well-established corpus of linguistic standards that regulate what “standard Korean” (called Pyojuneo (표준어) in the South and Munhwaeo (문화어) in the North) should sound and look like. As younger generations of Koreans grow up with connection to those on the

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