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Koreans glimpse a Pyongyang spring

Ignoring oft-dashed hopes many feel this time, it's different

JOHN POWER | North Korea

Despite uncertainty surrounding the long-planned summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his U.S. counterpart, President Donald Trump, there is a newfound hope permeating the South Korean capital these days. Since the richly symbolic summit between the North and South Korean leaders on April 27, South Koreans have dared to imagine that a lasting peace and reconciliation between the divided nations may just be possible.

A recent national opinion poll revealed that 65% of South Koreans now believe that North Korea will give up its nuclear arsenal and commit to peace. That is up from 15% just before South Korean President Moon Jae-in met his North Korean counterpart and agreed to formally end the Korean War and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.

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