Friday, February 12, 2010

Daily Kor for February 12, 2010: International Ganging Up On North Korea Day

Who would have thought that getting arrested in a country that is trying to prevent touchy relations with your country from getting worse would be a "get out of jail FREE" card? Well, I guess the four Kazakhs and the one Belarussian who got caught transporting North Korean weapons in Thailand knew.   
  1. South Korean and Japanese foreign ministers say sanctions on North Korea will remain Pyongyang returns to six-party denuclearization talks (Reuters)
    • Tokyo and Seoul agree to bolster intelligence-sharing on North Korea (Yonhap)
    • ROK National Assembly panel passes bill requiring close monitoring of North Korean human rights abuses (Korea Times, Joongang Daily)
    • UN Secretary-General Ban Kimoon sends a personal message to Kim Jong-il (Yonhap)
  2. Japanese FM calls for new ties with South Korea, one hundred years after annexation which left a "great wound" (UPI, Yonhap, another Yonhap, Korea Herald, Joongang Daily)
  3. Bank of Korea holds policy rate at 2.0%, citing new concerns in global economy (WSJ, Bloomberg, Yonhap, Joongang Daily, Korea Times)
  4. Two Koreans will not have joint march at 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics opening ceremony (AP via WaPo)
  5. Thailand deports "probably guilty" crew of North Korean weapons plane to preserve good relations with their home countries (AP via WaPo, WSJ, Bloomberg)
  6. North Korea reportedly plans to open twelve foreign investment zones (Channel News Asia)
  7. South Korea and Uzbekistan herald new era of economic and political cooperation (Yonhap, Joongang Daily)
  8. Honda says it has no plans to recall vehicles in Korea (Yonhap)
  9. Blue House asks Park Geunhye to apologize for "defaming" President Lee (Korea Times)
  10. Democratic Party delays move to impeach prime minister (Korea Times)
  11. Chinese envoy Wang Jairui, failing to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, spends day in Pyongyang visiting the Tower of Juche, the Kim Il-Sung statue at Mansudae, the USS Pueblo, the Arch of Triumph, and the Pyongyang Wax Museum (Xinhua)
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