The propaganda machine in North Korea relies heavily on the fact that the "US Imperialists" are crawling along their southern border, ready to invade at any second. We´re holding their brethren in the south hostage, etc etc.
The North´s government talks about reunification all the time, constantly saying that they would love to if those pesky Americans weren´t in the way. I say call them on it.
China shares an even longer border with the north and does more trade with them than anyone else, I´m sure they´d have something to say about Kim going nuts on the south, whether or not we´re there.
As someone who has lived here (Korea) for the last 7 years, I say this:
For my first few years, I frequently asked the Koreans how they felt about the American military being here. The VAST majority wanted the US (military) OUT but felt they needed the deterrent for NK.
Personally, I find the US uses scare tactics and hype of a NK threat to con the S. Koreans into allowing the US to bomb the crap out of S.K. hillsides during training. The Koreans, on the other hand, are happy to get "expert" military training.
The S. Koreans have also told me both sides want reunification and that the US presence is greatly slowing that down. I agree. Perhaps the only route to it is war. Dunno. But US occupation is certainly NOT helping the situation.
it might be that pulling out of SK would make it easier for NK and SK to merge again..or it could mean that SK would be less safe because US presence is missing. But then again USA could say that any aggressions against SK would not be OK and it would involve USA in the end into another war.
North Korea without many resources has developed and maintained a sizable military presence.
South Korea with imported resources and the United States has been able to create an effective, growing economy, although it depends greatly on the United States to support it militarily.
Without the United States crutch and the dynamic it creates would both countries merge? What would the result be for each individual country if they did?
The military mentality of the North with the industrial mentality of the South makes me really fearful of a united Korea. The thought of North Korea having unlimited resources for their military makes me shudder.
If whoever gets the N/K twit out, how will they do it and what will they do when they are in this almighty power? The majority of the people seem to brainwashed mainly terrified; many I will have to assume would be mentally damaged having to continued to exist as they have and for how many generations?
caution2 once said, if we intervened we would only open up a can of worms and he was not kidding!