Unbelievable the huge amounts Paid out as out and out Bribes to the North Koreans. The two LIBERAL PROGRESSIVE governments from 1998 to 2008 followed the “Sunshine Policy” of rewarding the North in an APPEASEMENT program that makes Neivel Chamberlain seem better. You young people don’t know him, the former English Prime Minister who tried to appease Adolph Hitler? This article says it all:
South Korea gave North Korea an astronomical US$2.98 billion Dollars, during the Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun administrations from 1998-2008, according to a government tally announced Thursday. That is 1.5 times more than the amount of aid China gave to North Korea over the same period, which totaled $1.9 billion.
The government and private businesses gave North Korea $1.84 billion through commercial trade, $544.23 million for package tours to the Mt. Kumgang resort, $450 million for an inter-Korean summit, $41.31 million in land use fees and wages for North Korean workers at the Kaesong Industrial Complex and $30.03 million as part of various social and cultural exchanges, according to internal documents of the Unification Ministry and other government agencies.
◆ Funds to Develop Nuclear Weapons
"North Korea is believed to have spent $500-600 million to develop long-range missiles and $800-900 million to develop nuclear weapons," a South Korean government source said. "And the cash provided by South Korea could have been used to develop them."
However, the whereabouts of the cash payment of $400,000 is also uncertain. That was the money North Korea demanded in April 2007 to build a video-link center for the reunions of families separated by the Korean War. North Korea has yet to start construction. "I think they just extorted the money," a South Korean government official said.
◆ Hungry for Cash
"North Korea demanded money for every event," said one Unification Ministry official who was in charge of humanitarian cooperation projects during the Roh administration. "We got the feeling that North Korea was trying to use the reunions of families separated by the Korean War as a means to make money." (YAH THINK?!!)
A National Assembly audit in 2006 revealed how North Korea made money off South Korean broadcasters. A key example is the W1 billion (US$1=W1,149) that state-run South Korean broadcaster KBS gave North Korea in 2003 to record a TV show about a singing contest in Pyongyang to mark Liberation Day.
In 2005, SBS gave W700 million in cash and W200 million worth of paint and other goods to North Korea for a concert in the North Korean capital by South Korean singer Cho Yong-pil, while in 2002, MBC paid the North W320 million in cash and provided 5,000 TV sets (worth W734 million) for two concerts in Pyongyang by South Korean singers Lee Mi-ja and Yoon Do-hyun.
North Korea also received sizable amounts from South Korean businesses and civic groups through unofficial channels or backroom deals.
This suggests that a considerable amount of bribes were paid. One South Korean owner of a garment company that was based in Pyongyang said, "Bribes South Korean businesses paid in the early stages to prevent any problems later became customary. After North Korean officials got a taste of the money, they ended up asking for bribes first." (UH, DUH, again)
A Unification Ministry official said, "It's impossible to estimate how much money was given to North Korea through unofficial channels. We can't even trace the use of official government money given to North Korea, so there is no way of telling what happened to money handed over under the table."
email@example.com / Dec. 03, 2010 13:32 KST
The Korean War Baby cries out: “My people perish for lack of knowledge.” Give, give, give, with nothing back. They used the reunions with such powerful raw emotions to extort the thousands who are ‘waiting to meet their separated loved ones’ as helpless pawns in their games. Enough all ready, the Sunshine Policy must be put out of its misery, NO MAS!