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Fighting words by South Korea's Yoon stoke fears of blowback

Political battle in Seoul casts shadow over thaw with Tokyo

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol stressed the importance of ideology at a People Power Party gathering on Aug. 28.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is fanning the flames of an ideological battle at home as he ramps up attacks on the progressive opposition.

In an Aug. 15 speech for South Korea's National Liberation Day, Yoon warned of "anti-state forces that blindly follow communist totalitarianism, distort public opinion, and disrupt the society through manipulative propaganda."

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