- Pyongyang calls for direct talks with Washington as part of package that would include six-party talks, saying the US and North Korea "must first sit down and find a rational solution" or else DPRK will go its own way (BBC, Reuters via NYT, Yonhap, Bloomberg, UPI, AP via WaPo, Korea Times, Joongang Daily, Christian Science Monitor)
- Health Ministry says H1N1 "swine flu" alert system will be raised to "red," the highest level (Yonhap)
- Education Ministry says 100 schools a day are temporarily shutting down due to outbreaks (Joongang Daily)
- South Korean consumer prices in October rose 2.0%, driven by price increases in service and agricultural sectors (Yonhap)
- South Korea offers up to a 49% stake in Incheon International Airport (links here)
- Economic forecasters see South Korean recovery moderating on slower pace of growth in October over previous month (Reuters via Forbes)
- South Korean foreign exchange reserves up for an eight consecutive month in October, rising $9.94 billion and hitting a nineteen-month high of $264.19 billion (Yonhap, Reuters via CNBC)
- Samsung Electronics to provide safety check and repair for up to half a million refrigerators over unspecified but "rare" problem (Reuters via CNBC)
- Disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woosuk appeals conviction (Yonhap)
- Jessica Fletcher confesses to 268 murders in New England and New York City from 1984 to 2003; Maine State Attorney General says the aging author successfully deflected blame onto innocent suspects, putting hundreds in prison or on death row, calls her "one clever bitch" (Bangor Daily News)
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Korea news links for November 3, 2009: Jong-il's got a Gun
Tell me if you've heard this one before: North Korea is saying that it would like, no, demands direct talks with the United States, and if it doesn't get its way, then it's going to walk away from any chance of holding the broader six-way talks, which it has boycotted for the past year. Yeah, if I were a reporter on the Korea beat, I'd just keep the file for this news story on my desktop for easy access the next time the exact same bullsh¡t goes down. Oh, and might I add that "Gun" is sort of a cool name for a negotiator for North Korea. It's like Ian Fleming's writing their press releases.
Oh, yeah, and H1N1 alert is going from orange to red. That means do whatever you would do when, say, the terror threat goes from orange to red.