Hollywood Stars Chalamet and Zendaya to Visit Seoul for “Dune: Part Two” PromotionSouth Koreans Pessimistic About North Korea’s Denuclearization, Survey Finds

SEOUL - Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya are set to visit South Korea later this month to engage in promotional activities for their new movie, "Dune: Part Two," Warner Bros. Korea revealed on Monday. The actors, along with co-stars Austin Butler, Stellan Skarsgard, and director Denis Villeneuve, will participate in various events in Seoul on Feb. 21-22 to promote the sequel to the 2021 epic sci-fi film "Dune."

According to Yonhap News Agency, This trip marks Timothee Chalamet's first return to Korea in nearly four years, following his acclaimed performances in "Call Me by Your Name," "Little Women," and "Wonka." For Zendaya, known for her significant role in the Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man" series and her off-screen partnership with Tom Holland, this will be her inaugural visit to the country, a sentiment shared by Butler and Skarsgard.

"Dune: Part Two" is set to premiere in South Korean theaters on Feb. 28, continuing the saga of Paul Atreides (Chalamet) as he realizes his destiny and sets out on a journey of revenge. Zendaya returns as Chani, portraying a warrior and Paul's love interest, while Butler introduces a new antagonist, Feyd-Rautha. Skarsgard reprises his role as Vladimir Harkonnen, the leader of a competing house in the expansive sci-fi narrative.

SEOUL—A recent survey reveals a significant level of skepticism among South Koreans regarding the prospect of North Korea relinquishing its nuclear weapons program.

According to Yonhap News Agency, an overwhelming 91 percent of respondents expressed doubt about the possibility of denuclearization in the North. The poll, which involved 1,043 adults, found that 41.4 percent of participants deemed denuclearization "not possible at all," while another 49.7 percent simply viewed it as unlikely. This represents a notable increase in skepticism compared to last year's survey, in which 77.6 percent doubted North Korea's willingness to denuclearize.

The survey also explored South Korean perceptions of the United States' commitment to nuclear deterrence on the Korean Peninsula in the event of a military conflict. A majority, 60.8 percent, expressed uncertainty over the U.S. taking such action if it meant risking an attack on its own mainland by North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles or submarine-launched ballistic missiles. Conversely, 39.3 percent of respondents believed it likely that Washington would exercise its extended deterrence capabilities to protect Seoul despite the potential threats.

Conducted through one-on-one in-person interviews from December 15, 2020, to January 10, 2021, the survey provides insight into the public's views on the complex geopolitical dynamics between North and South Korea and the role of the United States in the region. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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