North Korea agrees to nuclear moratorium

February 29, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea has agreed to suspend uranium enrichment, as well as nuclear and long-range missile tests, following talks with the US.

The US State Department said Pyongyang had also agreed to allow UN inspectors to monitor its reactor in Yongbyon to verify compliance with the measures.

In return, the US is finalising 240,000 tonnes of food aid for the North.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-17208755

Shin Says Iran Sanctions to Affect South Korea Economy

February 29, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Jesus was a Buddhist Monk (BBC Documentary)

February 27, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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New UFC Champ to Visit Ancestral Home with Korean Mom

February 27, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Benson Henderson is the new lightweight champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He beat defending champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 144 on Sunday with a unanimous decision at the Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. This caps a heady climb to the top of the sport for Henderson, who only made his debut nine months ago.

http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/02/27/2012022700782.html

Exploring Korean Culture: A South Korea Travel Video

February 23, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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U.S., North Korea Signal Progress on Negotiations

February 23, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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A senior U.S. envoy (Glyn T. Davies) said Thursday that negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea had been extended to a second day, a potentially positive sign that talks were progressing between Washington and Pyongyang’s new regime.

“We intend to pick up where we have left off this evening,” Mr. Davies said at a press briefing. “The talks today were substantive and serious and we covered quite a number of the issues.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204778604577240882501367456.html

Here’s RT’s version:

China Should Not Repatriate North Korean Refugees, Seoul Says

February 23, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, South Korea — President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea urged China on Wednesday to follow “international norms” in its treatment of North Korean refugees, as his government shifted to a more aggressive diplomatic effort to persuade China that it should not arrest and repatriate North Koreans who have fled there.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/23/world/asia/seoul-urges-china-to-not-return-north-korean-refugees.html

‘China helps N. Korea punish S. Korea-bound defectors more harshly’

February 23, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Rep. Chung Mong-joon (left) of the ruling Saenuri Party visits Liberty Forward Party Rep. Park Sun-young, who is holding a hunger strike in front of the Chinese Embassy in Seoul on Tuesday. (Yonhap News)

Expert urges Seoul to build trust with Beijing, seek informal dialogues

Chinese authorities arresting North Koreans who cross into China intentionally use two different colors of stamps on interrogation documents, a Seoul-based North Korean defector has said.

In doing so, they help North Korean authorities sort out defectors attempting to go to South Korea from other would-be escapees,.

Those branded as defectors intending to go to South Korea may face harsher punishment than others once they are repatriated, because they are categorized as political criminals rather than economic migrants.

http://www.koreaherald.com/national/Detail.jsp?newsMLId=20120222001124

South Korea wins Royal Navy tanker deal worth £452m

February 23, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The Royal Navy has chosen South Korean firm Daewoo for a £452m deal to build four new fuel tankers.

The 37,000-tonne Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers will allow the Royal Navy to refuel at sea.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17127488

Bear Bile (China)

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Fang Shuting: ”The process of extracting bear bile is like turning on a tap: natural, easy and without pain. After they’re done, the bears can even play happily outside. I don’t think there’s anything out of the ordinary! It might even be a very comfortable process!”

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