Sunday, February 14, 2010

Daily Kor for February 14, 2010: Happy Valentine's Day and 새해 복 많이 많이 받으십시오!

I snagged this photo, taken in Kangjin-gun County in Chŏllanam-do, from the Donga Ilbo. I thought it summed up the holiday nicely. What else sums up the holiday nicely? All the major news agencies in Korea — except Yonhap — going on hiatus. But this being a three-day weekend and all in the US (it's Presidents' Day!), there's not much going on with Western news agencies, either.

Happy year of the tiger! (And you thought that was last year.)
  1. North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency says 100,000 gathered in Kim Ilsung Square in support of Kim Jong-il (Channel News Asia)
    • Kushibo thinks that seriously smells like desperation
  2. UN envoy Lynn Pascoe says time will be needed to persuade North Korea to return to six-party denuclearization talks (AP via MSNBC)
    • Pascoe says Pyongyang wants improved ties with Seoul (Yonhap)
    • North Korea's chief nuclear negotiator returns to Pyongyang following Beijing visit (Yonhap)
  3. President Lee Myungbak calls for end to political disputes over Sejong City (Yonhap, Joongang Daily, Donga Ilbo)
  4. Whirpool of the US loses in its bid to ban imported refrigerators made by LG (Bloomberg)
  5. South Korean apartment prices up for fifth straight week (Reuters via CNBC)
  6. North Korea watchers alarmed to discover that Dracula has joined Kim Jong-il's entourage (Reuters)

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