Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Daily Kor for April 7, 2010

Though I included it in yesterday's Loose Change, the sudden proliferation of late stories in the general media on the Toyota Korea recall — not to mention the apology — necessitated turning it into a top news story today. 

Meanwhile, we have the Obama administration trying to threaten Teheran and Pyongyang with a very big stick. As I wrote at One Free Korea, the US restricting the use of nukes except for countries like Iran and North Korea that pursue their own nukes may be the one thing that finally works to bring them back to the table to negotiate an earnest move away from that path. Let's pray that works.
  1. ROK Navy destroyer reaches hijacked South Korean oil tanker (links here)
  2. US announces restrictions on its use of nuclear weapons, except on countries like Iran and North Korea which pursue their own nukes in defiance against international community (AP via WaPo, Reuters via WaPo, WSJ, Bloomberg, Yonhap, Joongang Daily)
  3. Bad weather stalls salvage of sunken Chonan (Yonhap)
    • USFK commander General Walter Sharp confident US will be able to help South Korea in probe of Chonan's sinking (VOA)
    • General Sharp says he has seen no link to North Korea in sinking (Yonhap, Korea Times)
    • Blue House reportedly critical of Defense Minister's remarks on North Korean involvement (Joongang Daily)
  4. Head of National Intelligence Service says Kim Jong-il will visit China around April 25 (Yonhap, Korea Times)
  5. Samsung announces record-high operating profit for 1st quarter of 2010 (WSJ, ReutersJoongang Daily)
  6. Head of Toyota Korea apologizes to Korean consumers as Toyota recalls 13,000 vehicles (Bloomberg, Reuters via CNBC, AP via CNBC, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
    • Toyota calls South Korea move "precautionary" as no incidents have been reported (Bloomberg)
  7. ROK Foreign Ministry slams Japan for asserting claim on Tokto islets in its latest diplomatic bluebook (Yonhap, Joongang Daily)
  8. With little headway made on the East Sea front, Foreign Ministry announces plans to rename Indian Ocean as New Sea of Korea (Yonhap)

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