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Posted : 2007-08-06 17:30
Updated : 2007-08-06 17:30

51% of Adults Oppose Military Action

By Park Si-soo
Staff reporter

More than half of Korean adults oppose using military force to resolve the Korean hostage standoff in Afghanistan.

The finding was made public in a survey of 700 Korean adults aged 20 or higher across the country by OPINION, a local research firm.

About 51 percent or 357 respondents answered that they do not agree with the possible plan of Washington to take military action to solve the crisis.

Meanwhile, 42.7 percent showed their approval for using military power to resolve the crisis and 6.2 percent did not answer.

The survey also showed Koreans' growing discontent with the U.S. which holds fast to its initial attitude _ no compromise with terrorists.

Some 59 percent of respondents said Washington's current attitude is irresponsible as regards South Korea, its long-lasting ally suffering from deadlocked negotiations with the Taliban insurgents.

As a nation capable of finding a breakthrough in the crisis, 61.2 percent picked the U.S., 17.8 percent Afghanistan, and 14.5 percent South Korea.

Sixty-five percent of pollees agreed with the hostage-for-prisoner swap deal, whereas 28.1 percent said the deal should not be made even if it disrupts the release of Korean hostages.

pss@koreatimes.co.kr

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