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By Good News Network Sunday, June 28, 1998
North Korea had refused humanitarian aid from the south even when in desperate need. Chung was raised the son of a poor farmer in what is now North Korea. His homecoming and donation, estimated to be worth over $10 million, is a “remarkable symbol of improving relations,” according to Kevin Sullivan of the Washington Post Foreign Service.
Chung Ju Yung, 83, led the convoy of cattle from his adopted country of South Korea across the demilitarized zone to become the first civilian to cross without a government escort over the heavily-guarded border between the two Koreas since World War II.
“I sincerely hope that my visit to North Korea will not remain an isolated event, but will lay the cornerstone of reconciliation and peace between North and South,” Chung said before embarking on his eight-day visit.
The two countries, which both approved Chung’s plan, have been in a relationship of deep hostility until recently. The inauguration of Kim Dae Jung in February has marked the initiation of Kim’s “Sunshine Policy” that calls for moderated efforts aimed toward constructive engagement and tolerance.
Many more business leaders are now allowed to pursue collaborations with the north. Some North Korean literature, music and video is being welcomed into the south for the first time alongside other exports.
improving already between their citizens, as illustrated by Sullivan’s
reporting that, during the first cattle crossing, some of the drivers
(wearing Hyundai coveralls) were nervous about setting foot in North
Korea. But their nerves were calmed when their northern counterparts
gave them each a gift bag containing bottles of liquor and cartons of
cigarettes. Then, “It was a natural feeling to talk to them,” said
driver Son Bu Ik. “They are just like us”!
(Washington Post article submitted by LaVonne Wettering)
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I think there needs to be a change of consciousness with the news ... to try to seek a higher ground. Why can't it be more representative of the way the world really is? I think we don't know what the bombardment of crime and violence does to our minds, I think we're in denial about it.