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South Korea should abandon its goal of unification with North Korea
A unified Korea will end one of the most dangerous security dilemmas in modern history, improving the security of East Asia and the world.
Unification will denuclearize the Korean peninsula, removing a threat of nuclear war that threatened to kill tens of millions of people.
NK has made threats of war regularly against SK, Japan, and the United States. Unification solves this problem by removing NK and therefore its threats.
A unified Korea will be a weaker Korea, especially after initial integration. The political and economic impact may destabilize both the nation and region.
Unification only trades one security dilemma for another. A unified Korea can challenge Japan, China, and other South East-Asian countries for superiority, or continue the development of nuclear weapons.
The security dilemma on the Korean peninsula was never just about the two Koreans, but also between the US and China/Russia. A unified Korea would not alleviate this threat. On the contrary, it will likely embolden the US and increase Chinese anxiety.
The United States has never clearly stated its plans should unification take place, while it has recently opened its
overseas military base in South Korea. This suggests that the US intends to stay on even after unification, with the likely goal of putting military pressure on China.