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During the interview the German ambassador also mentioned German experience of its reunification process in a hope that his advice could help the two Koreas for their unification.He said that West Germany overestimated the economy of East Germany."Before the unification, we thought East German economy was world's seventh or eighth," he said. "But, actually East Germany economy was crumbled""Second mistake we committed was that we applied the highly developed West German social security system to East Germany overnight," he went on.He asked Seoul not to repeat the mistakes of German case, emphasizing the gradual process in the unification process of the Korean Peninsula.He advised South Korea to closely assess the real economic situation in the North.He said even if North Korean economy is in tatters it has a great potential, advising Seoul to take a wise advantage of the North Korea's economic potential.
The German envoy said that he visited North Korea early this year.He said that South Korea's successful forest policy could serve as a helping hand to North Korea, adding that he witnessed the serious deforestation in North Korea.He though highly of the South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak's proposal for "unification tax.""It is a very realistic, pragmatic, and constructive proposal," he said. For details or inquiries contact the German Embassy in Seoul at 748-4114 or leave Mr. Phil-Young Doe, press officer, at email@example.com
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