Anyway, Joshua (and I) are wondering what is up with the North Korean fishermen who seemed to be defecting but then turned around and asked to be repatriated. Were they afraid of retaliation against their families back in the DPRK and so they had buyer's remorse? Who knows. And who knows what will happen to them, now that they're possibly contaminated.
- Former Prime Minister Han Myungsook is charged with graft over alleged bribe worth $50,000 (AFP, Joongang Daily)
- Seven North Korean fishermen whose boated "drifted" into ROK-controlled waters repatriated back to DPRK (Xinhua, Yonhap, Chosun Ilbo, Joongang Daily, People's Daily)
- South Korea wants six-party denuclearization talks no later than February (AFP)
- US business leaders who visited Pyongyang say they gave North Korean leader Kim Jong-il a letter saying that the DPRK must give up its nuclear ambitions if it wants foreign investment (AP via WaPo)
- US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice says North Korea is feeling the pressure of sanctions (AP via WaPo)
- North Korea reportedly bans use of foreign currency by foreigners and DPRK citizens (Chosun Ilbo)