- North Korea declares the disputed waters around the contentious Northern Limit Line in Yellow Sea a "firing zone" (AP via NYT, Bloomberg, Yonhap, Korea Herald)
- South Korea to resume aid that would be used to help North Korean children (Yonhap)
- Documents indicate that plane carrying weapons from North Korea that was detained in Thailand was eventually headed for Iran (WSJ, AFP)
- Report by Yonhap says two Koreans are far apart over summit conditions (AP via WaPo)
- Seoul to push ahead with plans to consolidate army, navy, and air force academies (Xinhua)
- South Korean military says it has removed 1300 landmines in rural area bordering North Korea (Yonhap)
- Hyang-iram Temple, known as "sunrise temple" for its popularity as a viewing site of the first sunrise of the new year, burns to the ground (Joongang Daily, Korea Times)
- Education Ministry plans to give admissions disadvantage to college applicants who say they had private tutoring (Joongang Daily)
- US President Barack Obama's halo captured on film; mainstream media argues it may be messianic aura (AFP)
Monday, December 21, 2009
Daily Kor for December 21, 2009: Firing zone
This is really late because I got tasked with taking a young relative to see the movie Avatar this afternoon. It's a very interesting movie in its usage of a new form of 3D; I'm not sure if the "RealD" is what got me motion sick, or if it was sitting in the fourth row.
Anyway, to me the big story is North Korea stepping up its opposition — even through military might — to the NLL (Northern Limit Line). This is a line whose existence may not follow international norms — to South Korea's unfair benefit. This could get a lot uglier.
Today's edition, too, wasn't exactly a "quick-and-dirty" edition, but it was done in some haste. Now if you'll excuse me, I must get back to the theater so I can see how the movie ends.