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South Korea and the issue of unification from North Korea
The issue of uniting the country remains a major political issue; Yet no peace treaty has been signed with the North. In 2000, historically the first negotiations took place between North and South Korea, with the South continuing its so-called "solar policy" towards the agreement. Since then, regular contacts have led to cautious warming of relationships.
The average population of South Korea, on the other hand, does not want too much rapprochement with the North. The Koreans are aware of the situation that took place after the collapse of former East Germany and of the fact that the economic assistance needed by the North after the unification had put a heavy burden on the state budget and pockets of taxpayers. Compared to the situation in divided Germany, however, the difference is far more drastic: GDP per capita at the time of unification was three times higher than in the GDR, while South Korea's GDP per head in 2012 was eighteen times higher than in the DPRK.
Young Koreans today see the unification as impossible, saying that because of the 50 years of isolation, North Koreans have a different language, culture and customs, and are a distinct nation. After more than fifty years, the last ties of divided families have been finally broken, and both countries have already combined a common history.