Friday, May 7, 2010

Daily Kor for May 7, 2010

Y'know, we all think the rhetoric about North Korea being some sort of paradise is just propaganda b.s., but when the leader of the DPRK himself hardly ever ventures outside the country, and when he does, he's always quick to turn around and go back home, it's just gotta be something special.
  1. Kim Jong-il reportedly leaves Beijing (Reuters, Yonhap)
  2. North Korean leader reportedly met PRC President Hu Jintao, may have met Premier Wen Jiabao (BBC, Donga Ilbo)
    • Beijing won't confirm visit (WaPo)
    • Maybe they're checking to make sure he's the real KJI
    • KJI may have visited Great Wall, got ideas for Yalu and Tuman Rivers (Reuters)
    • Dear Leader reportedly tells Beijing he will return to six-party nuclear talks (Joongang Daily)
  3. Seoul says no nuclear talks until Chonan sinking is resolved (Bloomberg)
    • Explosives found in Chonan wreckage determined to be gun powder (Yonhap)
    • South Korea holds funeral for fishermen killed during Chonan rescue operations (Yonhap)
    • North Korea accuses South Korea of trying to drum up support for war (Yonhap)
  4. KRW posts largest daily percentage drop in five months (Reuters, Bloomberg)
  5. Smartphone and coffee bean imports are up. Good times (Korea Times)
  6. Major opposition Democratic Party picks former Prime Minister Han Myungsook as candidate for Seoul mayorship (Joongang Daily)
  7. 273 civil servants and teachers who joined leftist Democratic Labor Party indicted for violating law that bans those in such positions from collective political activities (Joongang Daily)
  8. Major League pitcher Roman Colon signs $200K one-year contract with Kia Tigers (Yonhap)
    • Roman Colon, along with Florentine Liver, is one of only two Italian dishes I refuse to eat, and I can't be the only one to have ever made fun of that name
  9. BP tells clean-up volunteers along Louisiana coast: "Hey, that oil ain't free, y'know!" (UPI)

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