Friday, December 11, 2009

Daily Kor for December 11, 2009: Anti-climactic

Envoy Stephen Bosworth has returned! Boy, no one saw that coming. Anyway, a whole litany of news agencies have lined up to report that there's a whole lot of nothing to report. But the talks were "useful" and North Korea knows we're serious about wanting them back at the six-party talks.

Hmm... did they not know that before? I guess the talks are a success if only Santa Bos didn't know offer any presents to Kim Jong-il. He's firmly on the "naughty list" and doesn't even deserve lumps of coal.
  1. US envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth ends visit to Pyongyang; says talks were useful but got no commitment from DPRK on returning to nuke talks (ABC News, LAT, WSJReutersBloomberg, CNNAljazeera, YonhapFox News, WaPo, USA Today, Korea Times); ROK Unification Minister says international efforts will resume (Xinhua, Yonhap)
    • Bosworth did not meet with Kim Jong-il and did not deliver letter from Obama (Yonhap)
  2. Bank of Korea to keep its base rate at 2% (WSJ, AP via WaPo, Yonhap); BOK governor says rate increases shouldn't be delayed too long (Bloomberg)
  3. Faster-than-expected recovery means South Korea will likely avoid negative economic growth for 2009 (Yonhap)
  4. KEPCO and Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co buy 10% stake in Niger uranium mine (Bloomberg, Yonhap); Mmm... yellow cake
  5. MBC's largest shareholder rejects network president's offer to resign (Korea Herald)
  6. Despite tremendous medical advances in South Korea, epidemiologists at the ROK Centers for Disease Control say the primary cause of premature death in men appears to be nagging (Yonhap)


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