Carter’s message gets mixed review in Seoul

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That mission is “accepted as a great success,” Mr. Moon said, but on Mr. Carter’s most recent visit, “our society is more divided.”

“I don’t think there are many international leaders who still have as much sympathy and understanding for the North Korean regime as President Carter,” a high-ranking government official recently told a group of visiting reporters on a trip sponsored by the East-West Center.

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Ben Birnbaum

Ben Birnbaum is a reporter covering foreign affairs for The Washington Times. Prior to joining The Times, Birnbaum worked as a reporter-researcher at the New Republic. A Boston-area native, he graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University with a degree in government and psychology. He won multiple collegiate journalism awards for his articles and columns in the Cornell Daily Sun.

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