South Korea suspends bidding for US rice imports

September 22, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has suspended bidding for U.S. rice imports after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Reports magazine found elevated levels of arsenic in rice.

Seoul’s Agriculture Ministry says it also suspended the sale of U.S. rice as of Friday. It says the sale and bidding may resume after more studies are conducted.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/21/4843551/south-korea-suspends-bidding-for.html

Iraqi official: N. Korea wants to fly through Iraq to Syria

September 21, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Damascus, Syria (CNN) — North Korea asked Iraq on Thursday if it could fly a plane through Iraqi airspace to Syria, an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki tells CNN.

Al-Maliki rejected the request because there is suspicion that the plane would be carrying weapons, said adviser Ali al-Mousawi.

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/21/world/meast/syria-civil-war/?hpt=hp_t3

China Warns S.Korean Activists Helping N.Koreans

September 21, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The Chinese government has reacted irritably to calls from Seoul for an investigation and apology from Beijing for allegedly torturing a South Korean activist who was imprisoned for helping North Korean defectors there. Beijing apparently warned Seoul it would deal “by the book” with South Korean NGOs and religious groups operating in China.

According to a diplomatic source in Seoul, China said it would restrict the activities of South Korean groups helping North Korean defectors there after the South Korean government called for a probe into the alleged torture of Kim Young-hwan and raised international awareness of the issue.

Read more: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/09/21/2012092101077.html

South Korea Fires on North Korean Fishing Boats

September 21, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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South Korea’s navy fired warning shots Friday toward North Korean fishing boats that crossed a disputed maritime boundary, but the shots didn’t hit the fishing boats and the vessels retreated, a South Korean official said.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/south-korea-fires-north-korean-fishing-boats-17286783

Nuclear deal? New North Korea and Iran pact raises international concern

September 20, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea and Iran appear to be deepening their nuclear technology relationship under a new agreement reached between the two nations that President Bush labelled part of an ‘axis of evil.’

North Korea and Iran appear to be increasing their dealings in nuclear technology and missiles with each other under a breakthrough agreement reached between the two nations in Tehran three weeks ago.

“It’s likely the tempo of shipments of technology to Iran has increased,” says Bruce Bechtol, a former US intelligence official and author of two books and other studies on North Korea’s military buildup. “We have seen a large number of North Korean scientists visiting Iran.”

Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/0920/Nuclear-deal-New-North-Korea-and-Iran-pact-raises-international-concern

South Korea’s Ahn gets poll bounce, to moderate tone on big business

September 20, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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(Reuters) – The latest runner in South Korea’s presidential race, software millionaire Ahn Cheol-soo, received a boost from the first poll taken after he declared his candidacy but is going to have to row back on his attacks on big business if he wins power.

Ahn, 50, once called financial crime was worse than homicide, referring to the heads of the conglomerates, or chaebol, who have been convicted and then pardoned over corporate scandals, as the head of Samsung Group, the largest group, and car giant Hyundai Motor Co have been.

Now established as the leading candidate in the December election by at least one pollster, Ahn is likely to have to shift his tone as he counts down the 89 days to a poll that pits him against the daughter of the country’s dead ex-dictator and a former political prisoner.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/20/us-korea-politics-ahn-idUSBRE88J0AR20120920

Film festival opens in movie-crazy North Korea

September 19, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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An international film festival opens Thursday in what may seem the unlikeliest of places: North Korea.

PYONGYANG, North Korea —

An international film festival opens Thursday in what may seem the unlikeliest of places: North Korea.

Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival offers North Koreans their only chance to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen – from Britain, Germany and elsewhere (but not America). And it’s the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean theaters to watch movies alongside locals.

Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/entertainment/2019194626_apasnkoreafilmfestival.html?prmid=head_more

South Korean software mogul to stand for presidency

September 19, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean software millionaire and philanthropist Ahn Cheol-soo finally announced he would run for the presidency, ending a year-long wait and throwing wide open a race that had looked to be a coronation for the conservatives’ Park Geun-hye.

Read more: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-19/news/sns-rt-us-korea-politics-ahnbre88i094-20120918_1_political-reform-seoul-software

Russia writes off 90 percent of North Korea’s debt

September 18, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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ajosshi.com: The most likely reason for Russia doing this is so that they can build a gas pipeline to South Korea.

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it agreed to write off 90 percent of North Korea’s $11 billion debt and would reinvest the balance in the reclusive Asian state, in a sign of closer engagement with Pyongyang under new leader Kim Jong-un.

By writing off most of the sum owed by North Korea, one of the world’s poorest countries, Russia granted a level of forgiveness in line with debt reduction deals it has given to its most impoverished debtors.

Read more: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-korea-north-debtbre88h0nh-20120918,0,1774084.story

Samsung topples Apple in brand image

September 18, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Samsung Electronics lost its recent court battle against Apple in San Jose and was ordered to pay a staggering $1.05 billion but ironically, recent polls show that the Korean firm has overtaken its U.S. rival in brand image.

According to a recent poll by market research agency YouGov that compared public perception of the two companies, the Suwon-based electronics giant’s “buzz score” has actually surpassed that of its American competitor two weeks after the verdict.

YouGov asked 5,000 people in the United States, dividing them into two groups of those aged between 18 to 34 and adults who considered themselves “early technology adopters”: “If you heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, through advertising, news or by word of mouth was it positive or negative?” A score of 100 indicates a completely positive view and zero completely negative.

As of Sept. 6, Samsung scored 46 over Apple’s 24, in the group for those between 18 and 34. For early technology adopters, the two were near equal, with the Galaxy series maker on 34 and its American counterpart 33.

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2012/09/133_120265.html

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