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South Korean president proposes plan to reunite with North Korea

08-15-2010 19:00 BJT

South Korea has marked the 65th anniversary of the end of Japanese colonial rule. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak took the opportunity to propose a new "reunification tax" to prepare for the possibility of reconciling with the DPRK.

It's been 65 years since Japanese invaders left South Korea.

Across the country on Sunday, ceremonies were held to mark Korea's liberation from Japanese rule.

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks during the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese colonial rule, in front of the restored Gwanghwamun, main gate to the royal Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul August 15, 2010.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak speaks during the 65th anniversary of the 
liberation of the Korean peninsula from Japanese colonial rule, in front of the 
restored Gwanghwamun, main gate to the royal Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul August 15, 2010.
(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak used the opportunity to say he believes reunification between the south and the DPRK will happen.

Lee Myung-bak said, "Reunification will definitely happen. It is therefore our duty to start thinking about real and substantive ways to prepare for reunification such as the adoption of a unification tax."

The President also says he has taken note of Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan's apology to South Korea.

Lee Myung-bak said, "Recently, for the first time, the Japanese government apologized for the colonial rule that had been imposed over Korea against the will of the Korean people. I have taken note of Japan's effort, which represents one step forward."

Japan's colonial rule over the Korean Peninsula ended in 1945 when it surrendered to the United States at the end of World War Two.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV

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