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> North Korea hasn't changed at all, it's not willing to shut down its nuclear program and it hasn't stopped spying.
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>> All the South Korean officials who recently visited Pyongyang are now praising Chairman Kim Jong-un, in this current situation, I think the law is meaningless.>> It's a sight that would be unthinkable just a few years ago.>> Reuters Seoul Bureau Chief So Young Kim explains.>> South Korea forcefully charged more than a 1,300 South Korean people for violating the national security low for decades dating back to the 1960s.
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In one extreme example, in 1974, nearly 250 people were accused of plotting to overthrow the South Korean government under North Korea's order. Many of them were sentenced to death without getting proper chances to defend themselves, and their executions took place right after trials.>> Rights groups call it a relic of the Cold War that should be repealed, and although President Moon Jae-In hasn't gone that far, he has eased up on enforcing it.
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As his government works to improve relations with the North and halt its nuclear weapons program. But for some South Koreans it's not a welcome move, especially defectors who grew up under the Kim regime.>>
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We need he national security law to protect ourselves.>> Our recent survey showed more then half of South Koreans agree, and want to keep the law, while a third wanted scrapped or replaced. The view from North Korea is even more clear, State media this week urging the so called fascist law be repealed.
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Saying now that relations between the Koreas are warming, there's no reason for it to exist.