Assassination of President Park Chung-hee and Korean-American Relations: Reactions from American Newspapers

Young-gwan Lee


Washington reacted to fulfill her obligation with South Korea after the assassination of Park Chung-hee. Washington firmly warned North Korea and sent early warning aircraft with the naval task forces to the region. American newspapers supported Washington’s decision of early responses.  Meanwhile there were divided opinions on the Washington‘s role for the internal affairs of South Korea.  Some newspapers urged that Washington should play a role to restore democracy while others insisted that Koreans should control their own future. The death of Park Chung-hee resurfaced the American dilemma between the defender of democracy and the traditional non-involvement policy again.


Park Chung-hee; South Korea; Assassination; U.S. Foreign Policy; Jimmy Carter; North Korea; Public Opinions

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