Many suspected that differences in North Korea policy between a Lee Myung-Bak administration and the Roh Moo-Hyun administration were going to be largely cosmetic. Most thought it as an open secret that North Korea policy would largely remain the same… Stability is after all, much more valuable to most South Koreans than any chance of a North Korean collapse.
Well… Nam Sung-Wook, Professor at Korea University and advisor to the President-elect is quoted in the International Herald Tribune (Choe Sang-Hun, “Lee plans to harden Seoul’s line with North Korea, 20 December 2007) as stating:
“For now, you can forget about the October summit agreements. We will review them all from scratch to see if they are justified…the North must realize that we have a new government here and that things will be different”