Opinion leaders of Korea said, "North Korea must give assurance that there won't be nuclear weapons development program any more before the south reopens the Kaesong Industrial Complex." As to the question whether the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system must get an approval with the National Assembly, they were split in half.
Of the 50 opinion leaders who answered the questionnaire, 80 percent said that there shouldn't be resumption of the operations of the industrial complex without a firm pledge of denuclearization by the North Korean government. Shin Jong-dae, professor of the University of North Korean Studies, said, "North Korea must show its good faith of at least freezing its nuclear program. Otherwise, the south can't maintain a good relationship."
Lee Ji-soo, professor of Myongji University, concurred by saying, "The south may repeat the mistake of supporting the North Korean government that benefited no one except a few ruling elites." Meanwhile, Inje University professor Kim Gwang-gi begged to differ by advocating the reopening of the industrial complex in Kaesong without any precondition.
Of the opinion leaders, an overwhelming majority of them (92%) said the United States must be the first country for the newly elected President to hold a summit meeting. Only 8 percent of them recommended the new President meet the Chinese leader first.
Kim Jung-ryeol, professor at Hansung University, said, "It is almost impossible for Korea to be stand alone without the umbrella of the United States." Most of the opinion leaders who picked China as the first country for President Moon to visit were corporate leaders. A chairman of a mid-sized company explained, "China is the largest trading partner of Korea and it is most urgent for us to improve relations with China."