The stark point, therefore, is that South Korea's new leader is a man who favours reconciliation and negotiation with a regime that President Bush considers to be one of the three members of the axis of evil club. During his campaign Mr Roh said: Iner-Korean peace and cooperation is not a matter of choice. The survival of 70 million people is at stake. Although it would be too much to claim that the election was, in effect, a referendum on South Korea's future attitude to the North, Mr Roh can nonetheless claim that his policy on this issue has been endorsed, if only narrowly. Roh Moo Hyun is a self-educated lawyer of 56; while believing in the need for close ties with America he comes from a generation which is less naturally respectful of the US's influence on his country than all his predecessors in office have been.
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