Monday, October 19, 2009

Korea news links for October 19, 2009

It's Monday in Korea, but today's news links reflect what happened on Sunday. Which is usually not much, which is why we have more news on the speculative (a Kim-Lee summit? Aid to the North?) or what will happen in a future event (what Gates might do in Asia). Otherwise, all the news would be about K-pop.

  1. Kim Yuna wins Trophee Bompard (AP via WaPo, Joongang Daily, Chosun Ilbo)
  2. Seoul to consider resuming limited humanitarian assistance to North Korea, but it rules out large-scale aid characteristic of Kim Daejung and Roh Moohyun administrations (AP via WaPo, Yonhap, AFP, Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
  3. South Korea says Pyongyang has been seeking a summit between Kim Jong-il and Lee Myungbak (Joongang Daily, Korea Times, and Donga Ilbo says the Blue House denies this), but Seoul reaffirms that it will not engage in "meaningless" meeting (Reuters, Xinhua)
  4. Waste disposal ship with five-member crew disappears in storm off Tokto while out collecting disposed fishing nets (Joongang Daily)
  5. US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates travels to Asia today; may seek troop commitments from Seoul and Tokyo for ongoing Afghanistan campaign (AP via WaPo)
  6. Study of Chinese billionaires reveals high levels of lead (Consumer Reports)
  7. Thousands of spectators in Paris walk out of performance by Czech skater Tomas Verner; not because of anything controversial, but just because Kim Yu-na was all done for the day (AFP)
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