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Kim Jong-un's new image in Seoul?

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By Kim Ji-myung

During the last several days of December, Cheong Wa Dae staff must have spent grueling hours waiting in anticipation for the news from Pyongyang of Kim Jong-un's decision to visit the South in 2018.

The officials seemed to give up their futile hope at last around Dec. 28 or 29. Till the last moment, South Korean media talked about a possible visit on Dec. 30!

President Moon Jae-in's office in the final months of 2018 had heightened people's expectations to the maximum with press releases on the detailed preparation for Kim's visit. His itinerary, a possible helicopter landing on the crater of Mount Halla on Jeju Island, where to set up a heliport for this event, etc.

However, the wide gap in people's recognition of the situation is alarming. Some of my friends, mostly aged and conservative, maintain two rock hard beliefs (although all welcome the thawing of inter-Korean relations and an ultimate unification).

The first is........

© The Korea Times