- North Korea expresses "regret" over Imjin River flooding deaths (Yonhap, BBC, Reuters via WaPo, AP via WaPo, Korea Times, Korea Herald, WSJ, Joongang Daily, USA Today, Fox News)
- South Korean unemployment rate falls to 3.6% in September (Bloomberg)
- Samsung and LG both begin sales of green-themed solar-powered cell phones (WSJ)
- KORUS free-trade agreement still under review but may be delayed until after 2010 midterm elections (AP via CNBC, Reuters)
- Nobel laureate Paul Krugman warns that South Korea's economic recovery may be "exaggerated" (Korea Herald)
- LG Display plans $4 billion venture in Guangzhou, China (Bloomberg)
- General Motors CEO meets with head of Korea Development Bank over GM Daewoo credit problems (Korea Herald)
- Hyundai Motors to build vehicle assembly plant in Cambodia's coastal region (People's Daily)
- Billy Graham's son meets North Korean Foreign Minister, suggesting Pyongyang will seek out private aid to compensate for international sanctions (Yonhap, CNN)
- Inspired by wildly popular Japanese children's book Everybody Poops, Seoul author Taehyoung Kim pens updated sequel, Everybody Vomits Noodles & Soju (PBS)
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Korea news links for October 15, 2009
Can I call 'em or what? As expected, the big news coming out of Korea is the inter-Korean talks (this, folks, is what we call a no-brainer), attended by South Korea negotiator Kim Namshik, at far right in photo.
In particular, the top story out of the summit is summed up in the Yonhap headline: "North Korea apologizes for South Korean deaths from dam discharge." Contrary to popular rumor, however, the South didn't respond with, "Oh, yeah? Well what about the fu¢kin' missile launch?!" Not just because it would be terribly undiplomatic, but also because such a pun on the word dam just wouldn't play very well in Korean.