(Day Six of the Korean Ministry of of Information and Communications ban)
OOP (Uridang) leader Chung Dong-young has been named the new Minister of Unification, replacing Jeong Se-hyun. As it is now run, the main responsibilities of the Ministry of Unification seem to be to provide moral support to the Pyeongyang ruling clique, pump money into the North Korean government's coffers and generally do all it can to prevent reunification while giving the appearance of bringing the Korea's together.
Chung is the perfect guy for the job. Looking at him in action, you get the feeling that you are looking at a Korean version of Bill Clinton. Homeboy is a smooth operator and has Clinton's poofy hair. In fact, his undisguised ambition is to be the next guy in the Blue House.
Of course, nobody will actually expect him to do the one thing that his office is responsible for, unifying Korea, so it is the perfect gig for a politician who wants to stay in the news without actually being held responsible for anything.
So we can expect several years of Chung's grandstanding leading into the 2008 elections. Of course, since neither Korean government wants unification, we can also expect that he won't actually DO anything to help unify Korea.
But it will be fun to watch his hair.