Friday, July 9, 2010

Daily Kor for July 9, 2010

I would prefer to focus on Russian strongman Vladimir Putin's pretty hot-looking daughter visiting Seoul for a Russian-Korean friendly powwow at Koryŏ (Korea) University, but there are more pressing matters in front of us, including my mortgage payment going up.
  1. United Nations Security Council adopts watered-down statement condemning sinking of Chonan (YonhapReuters, WaPo, WSJMIAP, Korea Herald)
    • Seoul says it is satisfied with statement (Yonhap)
  2. Seoul unexpectedly raises interest rate 25 points to 2.25 percent (WSJ, YonhapBloombergAP via WaPo, AFP, Reuters via CNBC)
    • Interest-rate gain leads to continued rise of KRW (Bloomberg)
    • Kushibo says, "Crap!" (about the interest-rate rise, not the KRW rise)
  3. Repeat of cyber attacks does little damage in South Korea and US (AP via WaPo)
  4. Prosecutors raid Prime Minister's office in probe over allegations of illegal civilian surveillance (Yonhap
  5. North Koreans pay respects to Kim Ilsung on sixteenth anniversary of Eternal President's death (AP via WaPo)
  6. EU parliament passes resolution asking North Korea to improve human rights (Yonhap)
  7. South Korea opts not to prosecute woman "forced" to spy for North Korea (AFP)
  8. ROK Unification Minister blames North Korea for icy cross-DMZ ties (Yonhap)
    • South Korea approves new humanitarian assistance to DPRK (Yonhap)
  9. North Korean defectors "marooned" in Japanese consular offices in China (Asahi Shimbun)
  10. US farmers' groups ask Congress to expedite ratification of KORUS FTA (Yonhap)
  11. Seoul to strengthen rules against potential draft dodgers (Yonhap)
  12. With South Korea eliminated from soccer's global championship, hundreds of thousands of Seoulites gather in City Hall Plaza to watch reruns of 2002 World Cup (Yonhap)

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