Irrespective of political orientation… 72% of the public “should provide medical assistance to North Korea”

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According to a public opinion poll, more than 7 out of 10 Koreans believe that medical aid should be provided to North Korea, where COVID-19 is currently spreading.

Gallup Korea revealed that between the 17th and 19th, when 1,000 people over the age of 18 were asked nationwide, 72% said they should provide medical assistance, and 22% said they should not.

6% withheld comments.

Gallup Korea explained, “The response that ‘medical support should be provided’ was dominant, and opinions between the supporters of the ruling and opposition parties and political inclinations were also in agreement.

When asked when the unification of the two Koreas could be possible, 57% answered that it should be done gradually in about 10 years.

Then, ‘it should be done soon’ and ‘it is better not to be unified’ were answered by 19% each.

5% withheld comments.

In terms of age, it was found that there were a lot of responses from the elderly saying ‘it should be done soon’, and a relatively large number of responses from the younger people saying ‘it is better not to be unified’.

The margin of error in this study is ±3.1 percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

Wireless (90%) and wired (10%) telephone interviews were conducted, and the response rate was 11.3%.

For more information, please visit the website of the National Election Opinion Survey Deliberation Committee.

On the other hand, Minister of Foreign Affairs Park Jin said today (20th) that North Korea is not responding to the government’s proposal to support quarantine against North Korea, saying, “I think it is worrying because there are parts that contradict the North Korean line of self-reliance that has been carried out so far.”

Minister Park responded to a general policy inquiry by the National Assembly Preliminary Committee this morning, saying, “I understand that there are various situations in North Korea.”

Unification Minister Kwon Young-se also said, “I think he’s hesitating because if we get help from the South, the part that we’ve been responding to on our own could collapse.”

Minister Kwon added, “We need to be patient and continue to try (provided aid to North Korea) without rushing.”

When asked if the issue of quarantine support for North Korea is also on the agenda at the South Korea-US summit tomorrow, Minister Park said, “The US and South Korea are continuously discussing to provide humanitarian (North Korea) assistance in response to the spread of Corona.” I expect it to be discussed,” he said.

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