A majority of young South Koreans are skeptical of North Korea’s pledge to get rid of its nuclear weapons despite a widely welcomed summit between the leaders of the two Koreas last month.
Seoul National University polled 1,000 South Koreans between 20 and 39 from April 28, a day after the inter-Korean summit, until May 7, and again on May 12 after the respondents attended a lecture about North Korea.
In the first survey, 68 percent were skeptical of the North's pledges, rising 92 percent in the second.
Some 56 percent said their image of the North Korean leader has improved following the summit, but 40 percent said their impression has not changed while four percent said it got worse. Sixty percent felt the inter-Korean summit was a success, while 32 percent said it met expectations and seven percent said it fell below expectations.
Kim Seok-ho at the university said, "The latest survey involved a balanced debate about the situation on the Korean Peninsula. People in their 20s and 30s displayed a willingness to think more deeply about inter-Korean issues by linking them with international political circumstances."
Young people attend an open forum on the reunification of two Koreas in Seoul on May 12.