SEOUL, South Korea — Prospects of a merger between South Korea's opposition parties dimmed Monday when supporters of Kim Dae Jung boycotted a meeting with their rival group.
Members of Parliament from Kim's Party for Peace and Democracy and the main opposition Reunification Democratic Party were to discuss a merger, but Kim's supporters said they wanted policy changes by the other party before talks begin.
A Reunification spokesman said he believes the boycott by Kim's supporters was triggered by mounting pressure on their leader to follow Reunification chief Kim Young Sam in abandoning a leadership role.
Kim Young Sam resigned as Reunification leader last week, urging the splintered opposition to unite to prevent another defeat. Parliamentary elections are due by April.