Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Daily Kor for January 12, 2011: Wars and rumors of war

So Robert Gates visits China, and Beijing celebrates by testing a stealth fighter (also here). And now the United States is suggesting that North Korea poses a threat to it (I would certainly argue that North Korea poses a very threat to nuclear non-proliferation efforts). And with bats being found in food shipments coming from Korea, this could be the end of days. 2012 is just 352 days away. Okay, I'll admit, today's intro makes no sense.
  1. In Beijing, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates says North Korea becoming a direct threat to US with possible intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities within five years (Reuters, WaPoAP via WaPo, BBC, UPI, Chosun Ilbo, NYT)
    • Gates calls for moratorium on North Korean nuke testing (WSJ)
    • Constructive China key to Korea peace, says Gates (Bloomberg)
  2. North Korea accuses South Koreans of hacking into government-run Uriminzokkiri website (AP via WaPo)
  3. Seoul to lift agricultural production ahead of Lunar New Year to stave off inflation (Reuters)
  4. South Korea raises bird flu alert to second-highest level (Bloomberg)
    • Bird flu hits South Chŏlla Province (Donga Ilbo)
  5. Seoul to seek US-based grain trading company to mitigate global price fluctuations (Reuters, Bloomberg)
  6. Unemployment rate increases to 3.6 percent in December (Bloomberg, Yonhap)
  7. Financial Supervisory Services says it will toughen derivative trade rules (Reuters, Bloomberg)
  8. South Korean director Bong Joonho to join Sundance Film Festival jury (Hollywood Reporter, Yonhap)
  9. South Korea beats Bahrain, 2-1, in soccer's Asian Cup opener (Donga Ilbo)
  10. Disgruntlement with Pyongyang leadership increases as Kim Jong-il takes to photo-bombing tourist pictures (Yonhap)

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