- Lee Hurak, former KCIA chief who brokered landmark inter-Korean agreement in 1972, dies at age 85 (Yonhap, USA Today, AP via WaPo, Korea Times, Monster Island post)
- United Nations set to adopt annual resolution submitted by EU and Japan on North Korean human rights (Yonhap)
- South Korea considering raising its H1N1 alert system to its highest level (Yonhap, Korea Times)
- Vaccination schedule for schoolchildren moved up; will begin November 11 for those in high-risk groups (Donga Ilbo)
- Japan, China, and South Korea hold ministerial meetings in Kobe, Japan, to coordinate disaster readiness and control (Xinhua)
- Despite no reported cases of H1N1, North Korea
- Online Pornography Prevention Task Force says they will need at least one more year to complete their comprehensive study of nudity and sex sites (Yonhap)
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Korea news links for November 1, 2009: Flashback weekend
I know I sound like a broken record when I say this, but I always find it frustrating how the Korean press basically shuts down on the weekend (except for Yonhap), as if no news happens. It's kind of embarrassing when Xinhua (which updates its Korean news quite regularly) has a better work ethic than the Korean media. Sure, the stuff coming out of government ministries basically grinds to a halt, but there's other stuff.
Anyway, that's the story behind today's lack of stories. The big item carried in the media was the death of the former head of intelligence in South Korea, Lee Hurak, best known for a secret but historic seven-point agreement between the two Koreas aimed at eventual unification. More on that here.