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Policy and Value Communication Conflict

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Current talks about the North Korean participation have bogged down, with the latter walking out on its own and not setting any date for follow-up talks, with concerns about who foots the bill, among other things. South Korea has kept the door open for continuing dialogue, but the impasse is very real and the Asian Games are drawing near (AFP; AP; Bo; Gye).The present conflict has deep policy and value communication roots, and the context of the conflict gives many clues as to what those roots are. North Korea’s representatives to the talks view the world from a different set of value system in comparison to South Korea, even though they share many other things in common underneath, such as a shared language, a shared historical culture, and the many small and subtle things that go with that. Their policy and value communication conflicts have roots in their political and ideological inclinations and world views. In this case it is these conflicting ideological and political views which the two sides seem intent on bringing to the table, as fundamental categories with which they define themselves. That South Korea has a problem with the vagueness of who will foot the bill for the North Korean contingent, and that North Korea is intent on bringing a large contingent of cheerleaders, are not trivial details that contributed to the impasse, but can be construed on the one hand as reflecting those conflicting values. South Korea is coming from a place where financial considerations and practicality are important, whereas North Korea is coming from a place where cheerleader contingents form part of the way North Korea presents itself to the world. For North Korea, the implicit value message is that ideology and the keeping up of appearances of a large contingent are more important than the pragmatic concerns of South Korea over the practicality of the financial aspects of the arrangement. North Korea seems incapable of compromising on these, and therefore walked out. The further implicit message is that in terms of the hierarchy of values, it is North Korea who places ideological values on top of any other value, and the rigidity with which they went to the talks imply that they will not yield or change their order of values and the policies that the values reflect for “mere” financial considerations (AFP; AP; Bo; CIA Factbook).In this type of conflict, and given the deep ideological rift and the history of war between the two sides, it seems

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