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  • China Holds Ethnic Koreans for Attempted Uranium Sale

    10/23/2006 6:33:43 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 548+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 10/24/06
    China Holds Ethnic Koreans for Attempted Uranium Sale Chinese police last month arrested two men on charges of trying to sell 1 kg of enriched uranium, an essential raw material for nuclear weapons, press reports said Monday. The two were ethnic Koreans living in China, police in Beijing confirmed. Press reports said Beijing police arrested the two men, identified as Chang and Chung, on charges of attempting to sell 969.03 grams of enriched uranium at a hotel there on Sept. 11. Beijing police said initial investigations found the enriched uranium probably came from Russia, but sources there say the possibility...
  • This Elephant Can Speak! (In Korean)

    09/11/2006 6:02:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 334+ views
    Times of India ^ | 10 Sep, 2006
    SEOUL: He's no Dumbo the Flying Elephant but with his ability to "speak," perhaps as close to the Disney cartoon character as a real life elephant can get. The Everland amusement park said Friday its 16-year-old male Asian elephant, named Kosik, can make sounds imitating up to eight Korean words, including 'sit', 'no', 'yes', and 'lie down'. The pachyderm produces humanlike sounds by putting his trunk in his mouth and shaking it while exhaling - similar to how people whistle with their fingers. But the park said it's unclear if Kosik knows the meaning of the sounds he makes. Kim...
  • Missile Defense

    09/06/2006 12:40:40 PM PDT · by Paul Ross · 11 replies · 439+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/06/2006 | Helle Dale
    The news about the successful missile defense test conducted Friday by the Defense Department came at an opportune moment. Not only do we have constant reminders from North Korea and Iran of the importance of this program, but the program itself has been in real need of a boost, because congressional appropriations have been lagging.
  • California Korean grocery group sues Andrew Young over remarks

    08/30/2006 10:05:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 63 replies · 1,862+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 8/30/06 | AP - Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES A Korean grocers' group sued former U.N. ambassador Andrew Young for libel for claiming that they and other market owners "ripped off" blacks. The suit, filed last week in Los Angeles County Superior Court, also names the Wal-Mart store chain and seeks at least $7.5 million in damages. The former Atlanta mayor resigned as head of a Wal-Mart advocacy group on Aug. 18 amid controversy over comments he made to the weekly, black-owned Los Angeles Sentinel. In an interview, Young said that Wal-Mart competition had forced smaller, "mom-and-pop" stores out of his neighborhood. "But you see, those are...
  • Korean hospital reaches 40,000 patients (Honorable and Faithful Allies)

    08/28/2006 4:58:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 247+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Multi-National Division - Northeast PAO
    Story by Multi-National Division - Northeast PAO A Korean doctor treats a patient at the Zaytun Hospital. Department of Defense photo by MND-NE PAO. On a recent hot morning, a 76-year-old woman from a small village near Irbil was ushered into the hospital in a wheelchair pushed by her son. She was greeted with thunderous applause. Mariam Mhiadin had become the 40,000th patient admitted to the Republic of Korea's Zaytun Hospital since it opened Nov. 27, 2004. During the brief ceremony that followed, Republic of Korea Lt. Col. Lee Hae-Seol, commander, ROK Division's Medical Battalion, handed flowers and gifts...
  • LA Clippers Owner Accused Of Housing Discrimination

    08/07/2006 4:23:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 674+ views
    NBC4 ^ | August 7, 2006
    LOS ANGELES -- The U.S. Justice Department is suing Los Angeles Clippers owner and real estate mogul Donald Sterling, accusing him of discriminating against black tenants, and of favoring Korean renters. The suit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles, alleges that Sterling refused to rent apartments in Beverly Hills to black applicants. And at buildings in Koreatown, he allegedly refused to rent to tenants who were not Korean. In announcing the suit, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said his agency remains "committed to protecting the rights of our nation's citizens to obtain housing without fear of discrimination." Sterling's wife, Rochelle,...
  • Satellite photos detect activity at N Korea missile bases: report

    07/10/2006 7:05:30 PM PDT · by callmejoe · 89 replies · 5,352+ views
    AFP ^ | 7/11/06 | AFP
    Tuesday July 11, 11:22 AM Satellite photos detect activity at N Korea missile bases: report TOKYO (AFP) - North Korea could be preparing for new launches of mid-range missiles following last week's tests, with activity detected at its bases, a report has said citing Japanese government sources. US and Japanese satellite photos show that mid-range Rodong missiles had been set up on launch pads at a base in southeastern North Korea, but were later removed, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported. Fuel tanks could be seen near the launch pads, the report said. The report said the satellite photos were taken...
  • Korean-Americans talk about missiles

    07/07/2006 8:50:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 477+ views
    Riverside Press-Enterprise ^ | 7/7/06 | Joyce Tse and Bettye Wells Miller
    Some Inland-region Korean- Americans said Thursday that missile tests by North Korea this week are an attempt to force world attention on the starving nation. But it's a dangerous game that is scaring relatives in South Korea and could backfire, they said. "They're doing something crazy," said Roger Park, 54, of Colton. Park was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the United States 25 years ago. A brother and sister remain there. "So many countries don't want them to test fire," Park said by phone. "They're still going to do it. That's a concern, especially for South Koreans....
  • Report: N Korean envoy to UN threatens countermeasures in case of sanctions

    07/05/2006 9:14:57 PM PDT · by callmejoe · 15 replies · 633+ views
    China Post (Taiwan) ^ | 7/06/06 | AP
    Report: NKorean envoy to UN threatens countermeasures in case of sanctions(Updated 11:39 a.m.) 2006/7/6 TOKYO (AP) A North Korean envoy to the United Nations has threatened "all-out countermeasures" if other nations enforce sanctions over its test-launch of several missiles, Japanese broadcaster TBS has reported. "We will be forced to take all-out countermeasures if sanctions are exercised," Han Song Ryol, deputy chief of North Korea's U.N. mission in New York, said in a telephone interview Wednesday, TBS said. Han said the missile launches were part of a regular military drill, according to TBS.
  • Chinese, N. Korean military confirm ties amid missile question

    06/21/2006 10:59:58 AM PDT · by callmejoe · 21 replies · 928+ views
    Kyodo (Japan) ^ | 6/21/06 | Kyodo
    http://asia.news.yahoo.com/060621/kyodo/d8icjovo0.html Wednesday June 21, 8:32 PM Chinese, N. Korean military confirm ties amid missile question (Kyodo) _ Chinese and North Korean military officials agreed Wednesday to boost bilateral cooperation, China's state-run media reported in a dispatch that gave no hint as to whether a possible test-firing of a missile by North Korea was mentioned in their Beijing talks. The talks were held in the Chinese capital between a visiting North Korean delegation headed by Ri Yong Hwan, an army commander of the Korean People's Army, and Liang Guanglie, chief of the general staff of the People's Liberation Army, Xinhua News...
  • S. Korean charged in oil-for-food scandal - Tongsun Park charged with lying to the FBI

    06/15/2006 9:06:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 423+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/06 | Pete Yost - ap
    WASHINGTON - A South Korean businessman accused of accepting millions of dollars from Iraq in the United Nations oil-for-food scandal has been charged with lying to the FBI. On Wednesday, a federal grand jury returned an indictment accusing Tongsun Park of falsely telling investigators in 2004 that he played no role more than a decade ago in the adoption of the U.N. resolution that set up the oil-for-food program. The one-count, single-sentence indictment also says Park made false statements when he said he had no business dealings with an unidentified U.N. official, and when he told the FBI that he...
  • Exit polls predict landslide victory for South Korean opposition

    05/31/2006 1:11:30 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 529+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | May 31 2006
    Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap Seoul, 31 May: South Korea's main opposition Grand National Party was expected to win a landslide victory in Wednesday's [31 May] elections to elect over 3,800 officials and members of local governments and assemblies, including 16 heads of provincial and metropolitan governments, exit polls by local TV stations said. The main opposition party was expected to win at least 11 of 16 elections in seven major cities and eight provinces, including Seoul, Pusan, Inchon and Kyonggi Province, according to the polls released right after the vote was over at...
  • Clues Lead To A Shared Past - Newly Discovered 4th-Century Ceramics Show Korean Influence

    04/03/2006 4:36:12 PM PDT · by blam · 4 replies · 422+ views
    Daily Yomiuri ^ | 4-3-2006 | Kazuya Sekiguchi - Hiroshi Tanaka
    Clues lead to a shared past / Newly discovered 4th-century ceramics show Korean influence Kazuya Sekiguchi and Hiroshi Tanaka / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writers The recent discovery of Sueki unglazed ceramics at an archaeological site in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, has experts rethinking the chronology of early exchanges between Japan and the Korean Peninsula. The discovery revealed that the production of Sueki wares began in Japan in the late fourth century, 20 to 30 years earlier than archaeologists had believed, indicating that people from the Korean Peninsula who produced the ceramics arrived in Japan around the same time. Horseback riding and...
  • The passing of a friend

    04/03/2006 1:37:41 AM PDT · by SuzyQ2 · 2 replies · 720+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2006 | W. Thomas Smith Jr.
    Reflecting on his childhood, Brigadier General Dean Carlton DuBois, Sr. recalled his mother’s quip: “You look like you’re full of enthusiastics.” Though he remembered the phrase as awkwardly charming, it would define his character, even in the darkest days prior to his death.
  • Missions Incredible (Korean Christian Missionaries... Converting Muslims!)

    03/04/2006 3:15:10 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies · 601+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | March 2006 | Rob Moll
    South Korea sends more missionaries than any country but the U.S. And it won't be long before it's number one. ...In 1973, there were at least 3,411 non-Western, crosscultural missionaries in the world. That number has now exploded to 103,000... As the Western mission movement matures and slows down, [Non-Western] missions are expanding. South Korea sends more than 1,100 new missionaries annually. That means Korea alone sends out as many new missionaries each year as all of the countries of the West combined. ...For seven years, Lee worked with Muslims in ...violence-torn Chechnya... He now trains Korean missionaries for Frontiers,...
  • Chinese dissident attacked at home (Georgia)

    02/19/2006 6:48:05 PM PST · by hipaatwo · 7 replies · 834+ views
    A home invasion and attack near Duluth a week ago has set off a political firestorm that may reach all the way to China. Peter Yuan Li said he was tied up and beaten in his Chatburn Way home by several men on Feb. 8. The men spoke Korean and Mandarin and left behind certain valuables, including a camcorder and television, but took his computers, a phone and his wallet, according to Li. They also demanded unspecified documents and pried open two file cabinets, he said. But Li claims it was no ordinary robbery. The culprits, he said, were Chinese...
  • S.Korean Officials Probe Hwang on Research

    01/26/2006 11:29:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 185+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/06 | AP
    SEOUL, South Korea - Disgraced cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk was questioned Friday by South Korean government authorities for the first time since the scandal erupted over his falsified stem cell research. The Board of Audit and Inspection questioned Hwang about his possible misappropriation of state funds, spokesman Park Jin-kyu said. Hwang received $42.2 million in government funds for his research as well as $4.35 million from private foundations, according to the board. Hwang already has been questioned by a Seoul National University panel, which has accused the professor of veterinarian medicine of fabricating results published in landmark 2004 and 2005...
  • Disgraced S. Korean scientist stripped of title - Hwang Woo-suk

    01/21/2006 11:00:27 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 510+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/20/06 | Reuters
    SEOUL (Reuters) - The president of Seoul National University stripped a title from a disgraced researcher because of science fraud and called for six others to be punished who were part of the same cloning scandal, the school said on Friday. Once heralded and now scorned, scientist Hwang Woo-suk lost his title as "chair-professor." Hwang had already resigned his post at the university on December 23 when an investigation panel said in an interim report that he bore major responsibility for deliberately fabricated data in two landmark papers on embryonic stem cells. Seoul National University President Chung Un-chan said the...
  • Korean Scientist Accepts Blame for Fraud - Hwang Woo-suk

    01/11/2006 6:29:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 422+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/11/06 | AP
    SEOUL, South Korea - Disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk asked his fellow South Koreans for forgiveness Thursday at his first public appearance in almost three weeks, saying he takes full responsibility for his fraudulent stem cell research. "I ask for your forgiveness," Hwang told a nationally televised press conference in Seoul. "I feel so miserable that it's difficult even to say sorry." Seoul National University, where Hwang is a professor, on Tuesday issued a final report that he fabricated landmark published claims in 2004 and 2005 to have created the world's first human embryonic stem stells from cloned embryos. "The use...
  • Ancient Tomb Of Exiled Korean King Found In Japan

    12/02/2005 9:52:18 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 586+ views
    Chosun.com ^ | 12-2-2005
    Ancient Tomb of Exiled Korean King Found in Japan An education board in Japan¡¯s Nara Prefecture said Thursday it has discovered a luxurious tomb most likely that of a king from Korea¡¯s ancient Baekje kingdom who went into exile in the island country. The tomb is in the ancient Kazumayama burial grounds, often referred to as "the kings' ravine," which house many royal tombs including Takamatsuzuka. It is a stone chamber built with flagstone-like bricks in the Baekje style, and judging from the earthenware excavated from it is likely to have built in 660-670 B.C., the Asukamura Education Board said....
  • FUGITIVE IN $8 MILLION KOREAN STOCK FRAUD NABBED

    11/20/2005 7:41:09 AM PST · by Calpernia · 2 replies · 300+ views
    ICE! ^ | November 7, 2005 | ICE!
    FUGITIVE IN $8 MILLION KOREAN STOCK FRAUD NABBED Arrest Results from Collaboration by ICE, U.S. VISIT, & Interpol OLD TAPPAN, N.J.-Acting on information supplied by Interpol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in New Jersey arrested Heung Joo Kim, a man wanted by the Republic of Korea for embezzling stock and currency valued at $8 million. The Korean national is the subject of an Interpol "Red Notice." He is now in ICE custody facing a deportation hearing and an extradition request from the Republic of Korea. The arrest is the result of a cooperative effort between a special Compliance...
  • N. Korean Criticism Casts Pall Over Talks (NK Waaaa Alert!)

    11/10/2005 12:22:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 227+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/10/05 | Audra Ang - ap
    BEIJING - North Korea criticized the United States Thursday for undermining the spirit of cooperation at six-nation talks on the North's nuclear programs, casting a pall over discussions aimed at persuading the regime to disarm, news reports and the U.S. envoy said. The North said Washington's sanctions against firms suspected of weapons proliferation and its accusations that North Korea is counterfeiting U.S. money would block progress in the latest round of talks, the South's Yonhap news agency reported, citing unnamed officials. Delegates say this week's discussions — the fifth in a series that has progressed fitfully and amid deep distrust...
  • Eight-year-old physics genius enters university

    11/06/2005 7:51:15 PM PST · by sasherm13 · 5 replies · 844+ views
    Korea Herald ^ | November 5, 2005 | Hwang Si-young
    Song Yoo-geun, 8, wants to build flying cars, defying Newton's law of gravity, and the physics genius which has made him Korea's youngest university student may very well drive him to that dream. Amid scholastic achievements that have confounded experts, the public spotlight is squarely on the child prodigy and his parents, both 46 and both former teachers. What has made Yoo-geun - born late November 1997 and actually just shy of 8 years old - so special? _____________________________ Whoa! Wish I had those kinda brains. Do you think he knows about Santa, the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, etc?
  • Margaret Cho: Harajuku Girls (PC Barf Alert! 'Japanese Schoolgirl Uniform Is Like Blackface')

    11/01/2005 1:21:52 PM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 168 replies · 7,102+ views
    Gwen Stefani's Harajuku girls have been getting a lot of attention lately, and I have to say that I am confused. I like Gwen Stefani, she's allright. She's very stylish, has a nice voice and a flat stomach. She is a rock star and quite good at it. Now she has 4 things all together, the Harajuku Girls. I want to like them, and I want to think that they are great, but I am not sure if I can. I mean, racial sterotypes are really cute sometimes, and I don't want to bum everybody out by pointing out the...
  • POW's From Korean War Still Held After 52 Years

    10/25/2005 6:28:06 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 1,029+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-26-2005 | Richard Spencer
    PoWs from Korean War still held after 52 years By Richard Spencer in Beijing > (Filed: 26/10/2005)North Korea admitted yesterday that it was still holding prisoners from the Korean War as well as South Koreans it had abducted since. Ten PoWs are still in the North, 52 years after the war ended, the South Korean ministry of unification was told in response to inquiries about 103 missing people. Another 11 people who had been abducted were also being held. Six PoWs and 10 abducted prisoners whose existence was previously unknown had died in captivity. The rest were unaccounted for, the...
  • Deserter regrets 40 years in N.Korea

    12/06/2004 3:15:58 PM PST · by DirtyHarryY2K · 15 replies · 1,390+ views
    channelnewsasia.com ^ | 06 December 2004
    NEW YORK : A US Army deserter said the one thing he did right during his 40 years in North Korea was to leave the country, which was training his daughters as spies, in an interview. "I made a big mistake of my life, but getting my daughters out of there, that was one right thing I did," Charles Robert Jenkins told Time magazine 40 years after he downed 10 beers and wandered across the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. Jenkins, a GI from North Carolina, said North Korea wanted him to have Western-looking children that they could...
  • US deserter sentenced after 39 years in N. Korea

    11/03/2004 7:16:45 AM PST · by Valin · 20 replies · 302+ views
    Times / AP ^ | 11/3/04
    Four decades after he vanished into North Korea, an American soldier today pleaded guilty before a US military court to desertion and tearfully recounted how depression and fear of death drove him to defect. Sergeant Charles Robert Jenkins, now a frail 64-year-old, was given a light 30-day jail term in a case that had pitted American demands for justice with Tokyo’s call for leniency so Jenkins could settle down in Japan with his Japanese wife. In gripping court-martial testimony that shed light on a long-standing Cold War mystery, Jenkins said that he never intended to stay in North Korea, and...
  • Army Deserter Recalls Abuse in N. Korea

    10/20/2005 4:59:35 PM PDT · by Enchante · 38 replies · 1,298+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/20/05 | AP staff
    RALEIGH, N.C. - A U.S. Army deserter who spent decades in North Korea says his communist keepers abused him and controlled every aspect of his life, down to telling him how often to have sex. "It was the worst mistake anyone ever made," Charles Jenkins said. "In words, I cannot express the feelings I have towards North Korea, the harassment I got, the hard life." In an interview airing Sunday on CBS' "60 Minutes, Jenkins said he was given no painkillers when a tattoo on his forearm that read "U.S. Army" was cut off with a scalpel and scissors. ...........
  • Korean Engineer Troops Arrive in Afghanistan

    09/02/2005 4:55:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 306+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sep 2, 2005 | unattributed
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Sept. 2, 2005 — The Republic of Korea Army replaced their 100th Construction Engineer Army Group with 147 new, fresh soldiers. An advanced group of Korean engineers arrived at Bagram Airfield Aug. 13 and the main body followed shortly after, arriving Aug. 25-29. They will keep the same name as the previous group -- the 100th Construction Engineer Army Group. "We are well aware of the sufferings of the people caused by the cruelties of war. That is the very reason we're here in Afghanistan, as a dependable comrade to our coalition forces and as a friendly...
  • Combined Force Exhibits New Type of Warfare

    08/18/2005 6:08:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 366+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 18, 2005 | Jim Garamone
    CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti, Aug. 18, 2005 – Call it the prototype for a new method of warfare. The Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, headquartered here, is fighting the global war on terror with good deeds, not weapons. Task force commander Marine Maj. Gen. Timothy Ghormley very proudly tells one and all that no one in his command has "fired a shot in anger," but the command may have prevented hundreds of young men and women in the region from embracing the terrorist philosophy. "My combat forces are doctors, veterinarians, engineers and dentists," Ghormley said during an interview at...
  • Kind of a strange question

    06/03/2005 8:10:42 PM PDT · by sharktrager · 22 replies · 581+ views
    self ^ | 6/3/05 | self
    OK, I have a strange question. In my job search I was contacted by a recruiter who believes I am an excellent fit for a position that sounds very exciting. But there is a catch. They want someone who is fluent in Korean. He advised me a strong candidate will be given the opportunity for company paid language training, but I was wondering. How tough is Korean to learn? I studied German and some Latin, but nothing anything like this before.
  • Canada: UN probes Wheat Pool

    04/30/2005 1:03:09 PM PDT · by Pikamax · 17 replies · 760+ views
    CanWest News Service ^ | 04/30/05 | Steven Edwards
    UN probes Wheat Pool Payments of $23.15M made in oil-for-food scandal congressional hearing told Steven Edwards CanWest News Service Saturday, April 30, 2005 UNITED NATIONS -- The Saskatchewan Wheat Pool has emerged as one of the companies involved in Iraq oil-for-food deals now under investigation by a U.S. congressional committee probing the United Nations aid program, which Saddam Hussein manipulated to skim off billions of dollars for himself. The focus on the company comes as the UN announced Friday it had discovered a staff-rule violation by Canadian businessperson and international diplomat Maurice Strong, whose long record at the world body...
  • PCUSA seeks to take over largest Korean congregation, place Syngman Rhee in pulpit

    04/28/2005 10:28:04 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 11 replies · 893+ views
    The Layman Online ^ | April 27, 2005 | John H. Adams
    A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Wednesday declared improper a request by the Presbyterian Church (USA) to allow an immediate takeover of the property of First Presbyterian Church in Torrance, Calif., and the installation of former General Assembly Moderator Syngman Rhee as the interim minister. Judge David Yaffe ruled that their request was improperly timed and that he would not consider it until after conducting a hearing in June. The leaders of the 2,700-member Torrance congregation, the largest Korean church in the PCUSA, are seeking to renounce the jurisdiction of the PCUSA and stake claim to their property, which is...
  • Missing South Korean POWs said to be in China - minister

    04/15/2005 7:16:35 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 1 replies · 240+ views
    BBC Monitoring ^ | April 15 2005
    Seoul, 15 April: Several South Korean soldiers taken prisoner by North Korea more than half century ago are believed to be in China after escaping from North Korea, South Korea's defence minister said Friday [15 April]. Appearing before the parliamentary defence committee, Defence Minister Yoon Kwang-woong said he asked for the Chinese government to help bring the estimated two to three South Korean nationals back home when he visited Beijing last month. Yoon said the Foreign Ministry is currently working with other ministries to bring back home the former South Korean soldiers, but he did not elaborate. In December, Han...
  • N.J. soldier killed in Iraq gets posthumous U.S. citizenship

    03/07/2005 5:55:15 AM PST · by Calpernia · 10 replies · 612+ views
    Newsday ^ | March 6, 2005, 6:34 PM EST | By ANGELA DELLI SANTI
    (snip) Army Pfc. Min Soo Choi, 21, was born in Seoul, South Korea, and had lived with his family in River Vale for the past seven years. He was killed Feb. 26 in an explosion in Abertha, Iraq, a month after he had arrived in the country. On Sunday, more than 500 people packed Pascack Valley High School's auditorium for an emotional, hour-long memorial service attended by Choi's family, members of the military, politicians, high school friends and members of the Bergen County Korean-American community. (snip) Choi also received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Good Conduct Medal and combat Infantry...
  • U.N. Agency Appeals for Food for North Korea Amid Competing Demands for Tsunami Aid

    01/27/2005 3:29:09 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 13 replies · 403+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 27, 2005 | Joe McDonald
    BEIJING (AP) - The World Food Program on Thursday appealed for 500,000 tons of aid to feed 6.5 million North Koreans this year, warning that the North still faces severe shortages as world attention focuses on helping tsunami survivors. North Koreans' ability to feed themselves has been hurt by soaring prices as the communist government opens private markets in an effort to diversify its economy, the U.N. agency said. "Millions of children, women and elderly people are barely subsisting because they lack both the quantity and quality of nourishment they deserve," the WFP's director in North Korea, Richard Ragan, said...
  • Korean congregation leaves PCUSA, seeks to keep property (Presbyterian)

    01/12/2005 7:44:39 PM PST · by PAR35 · 6 replies · 1,168+ views
    The Layman Online ^ | January 12, 2005 | John H. Adams
    A small Presbyterian congregation in Artesia, Calif., has decided to leave the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is asking the state's Superior Court to rule that the denomination cannot take away its property. A lawyer for the congregation filed papers today with Superior Court Judge David Jaffe, asking him to declare that the congregation's property is no longer subject to the denomination's property trust law. The Serone Presbyterian Church filings also seek injunctions that would prevent the denomination and its governing bodies "from seeking to impose or enforce any trust on Plaintiff or any of its property, and from taking any...
  • US rejects North Korean conditions for new talks

    10/23/2004 1:29:47 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 201+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | October 23 2004 | AFP
    The United States will not accept North Korean demands as "conditions" for the resumption of stalled talks on resolving the Korean nuclear deadlock but Pyongyang is free to raise them if it returns to the table, US Secretary of State Colin Powell said today. Mr Powell, in Japan on the first leg of a three-nation Asian tour that will also take him to China and South Korea, said North Korea would not win rewards for simply agreeing to attend a next round of the so-called "six-party talks." "Anything they wish to talk about we should talk about in the six-party...
  • "BUCKHEAD" and FR Make the Korean Language Press On: Bloggers Take Down CBS Article

    10/01/2004 3:31:20 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 41 replies · 1,206+ views
    The Independent (Korea) ^ | 1 October 2004 | American InTokyo
    Our own Buckhead has made the news again, this time, in SOUTH KOREA in the KOREAN LANGUAGE on a website seen by thousands of readers there.Buckhead's story (and the whole FR story, the CBS Rathergate conundrum, Powerlineblog.com's role and the generally amazing unraveling of the American MSM due to an army of quick and savvy internet researchers) is found here (and at the link, above):http://www.independent.co.kr/news/n_view.html?id=5917&kind=menu_code&keys=6&search=&listpage=n_list.htmlBeware, it is in Korean, but most of you should have font capability to get that right away. Even if you don't have Korean fonts, you will see throughout the article, in English characters for...
  • AP: Kerry Fund-Raisers, S. Korean Spy Met

    09/27/2004 9:34:14 PM PDT · by onyx eyes · 10 replies · 587+ views
    Yahoo News, Associated Press ^ | 9-21-2004 | John Solomon and Sharon Theimer, Associated Press Writers
    Washington - A South Korean embassy official who met with John Kerry fund-raisers to talk about creating a political group for Korean-Americans was in fact a spy for his country, raising concerns among U.S. officials that he or Seoul may have tried to influence the fall presidential election. South Korean and U.S. officials told The Associated Press that Chung Byung-Man, a consular officer in Los Angeles, worked for South Korea National Intelligence Service at the time he was meeting with Kerry's fund-raisers. A spokesman for the South Korean consulate office said Chung was sent home in May amid "speculation" he...
  • U.S. Wants Broader Search for Missing POWs

    09/23/2004 4:02:29 AM PDT · by Former Military Chick · 5 replies · 433+ views
    AP ^ | Sep. 23, 2004 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW - The American co-chair of a U.S.-Russian commission working to determine the fate of missing servicemen said that a more extensive search through Russian government archives is needed to determine if any American prisoners from the Korean and Vietnam wars were taken to the Soviet Union. Jerry D. Jennings, the U.S. deputy assistant secretary of defense in charge of the worldwide search for missing American servicemen, praised Russia's contribution to the painstaking effort to determine the fate of American servicemen missing from World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the Cold War. None have been found alive. But a key...
  • Ethnic Koreans Among Hostage Takers in Russia(terrorism update)

    09/07/2004 9:12:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 179 replies · 5,957+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/07/04 | Chung Byeong-seon
    Ethnic Koreans Among Hostage Takers in Russia The mass funeral of victims of Beslan, North Osetia, Russia, is held in rainy weather Monday. A mother of an 11-year-old victim sobs, holding a portrait of her child./AFP MOSCOW -- It has been confirmed that among the terrorists who took hostages at a school in North Ossetia, Russia, there were some Korean-Russians (Goryeo-in in Korean), greatly shocking expatriate Koreans residing in Russia and the Korean-Russian community. Anxiety is increasing among them that they may become victims of terrorism targeting non-Caucasians committed by skinheads and gangs. “Although they were not Korean citizens, as...
  • [HERALD INTERVIEW]Polish minister says Warsaw troops will stay in Iraq

    08/23/2004 1:48:03 PM PDT · by lizol · 1 replies · 185+ views
    The Korea Herald ^ | August 23, 2004 | Choi Soung-ah
    [HERALD INTERVIEW]Polish minister says Warsaw troops will stay in Iraq Poland's top foreign affairs official says South Korea and his country share common goals in their mission to Iraq. Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz said both countries, which maintain among the largest forces in the U.S.-led coalition, have a great responsibility to help ease tensions in the war-ravaged country. "Poland and Korea participate in a difficult mission in Iraq. Of course we have a lot of common problems to talk about," the minister said in an interview with The Korea Herald yesterday. "Both our nations took some special responsibility for the...
  • **Noteworthy: U.S. GIs Speak of ROK-US Friendship IN KOREAN LANGUAGE (Dateline: Seoul, Korea)**

    07/07/2004 8:54:17 AM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 3 replies · 605+ views
    Hankook Ilbo Newspaper (in English), South Korea ^ | 7 July 2004 | Hankook Ilbo Newspaper (In English)
    GIs Speak of ROK-US Friendship in Korean By Jung Sung-ki -- Thirteen U.S. soldiers Wednesday took turns in speaking at the podium of a theater in Yongsan Garrison, the center of U.S. Forces Korea (USFK), Seoul, but the language they had chosen was not English but Korean. While their pronunciation may have been awkward, their zeal was also evident. Accompanying the speeches by those trying their hand at the Korean language was the laughter of a theater full of their fellow soldiers. There seemed to be no place for stage fright. This was how the sixth Korean speech contest...
  • Korean Internet Users Launch Hacking Attacks on Web Site Showing Execution Video

    06/23/2004 10:20:22 PM PDT · by FredWolfe · 5 replies · 1,249+ views
    Korean Internet Users Launch Hacking Attacks on Ogrish.com Korean Internet users have launched "Hacking of Fury" attacks on a website, Ogrish.com, which is trying to obtain and spread the video of Kim Sun-il¡¯s decapitation. This site posted the unabridged video of Nicholas Berg¡¯s beheading in May. The site enraged Korean Internet users by posting an advertisement looking for video of Kim's decapitation when Kim was kidnapped. The site is posting a message on its main page that Kim has been decapitated and is asking people to send in videos or photos of Kim¡¯s decapitation if they have them. In regards...
  • Korean Hostage Likely Kidnapped in May

    06/23/2004 1:59:12 PM PDT · by saquin · 4 replies · 226+ views
    BAGHDAD, Iraq - The South Korean hostage beheaded in Iraq was likely kidnapped at the end of May and not June 17 as initially reported by his employer, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said Wednesday. Controversy about when Kim Sun-il was abducted arose after an Islamic militant group made good on threats to kill him when the South Korean government refused to cancel plans to send more troops to Iraq. In early June — before it was widely known that Kim was missing — a videotape was delivered to Associated Press Television News in which Kim says in English...
  • Korean Beheading Video Being Passed around On Islamic sites "Graphic warning"

    06/23/2004 1:39:58 PM PDT · by ElisabethInCincy · 92 replies · 17,909+ views
    Muslims sites ^ | 06/23/04 | elisabeth
    I was just given this. On the homepage is a few pictures. Then u can find the video at top by clicking any of those arabic links.. BE WARNED!!!!! BEHOLD THE FACE OF EVIL ISLAM AT WORK. http://www.hostinganime.com/iraqnews2/
  • South Korean troops to deploy to Iraq from August

    06/18/2004 8:10:28 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 4 replies · 161+ views
    Australian Broadcasting Company ^ | June 18 2004 | Reuters
    South Korea will start to deploy 3,000 troops to Iraq's Arbil area in early August to help build the northern region. The announcement caps months of debate in South Korea on a pledge first made to United States President George W Bush by South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun in October last year and approved by Parliament in February. Ministry spokesman Nam Dai-yeon told reporters an initial contingent would be sent to Iraq in early August, followed later that month and in early September by the main force. "The site is Arbil. The regional government there welcomed our troops and promised...
  • Caption This! (A Little Swordplay)

    03/23/2004 10:09:33 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 376+ views
    Yahoo! News (Reuters) ^ | 3/23/2004 | n/a
    South Korean traditional art of sword-fighting 'Haedong Gumdo' master Youn Ja-kyung holds a sword in Seoul February 23, 2004. Youn, a 26-year-old woman, has practiced the art since she was 13-years-old and became a master in 1995. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
  • US warns NKorea to stop exporting dangerous weapons or face world action

    03/13/2004 4:58:51 AM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 21 replies · 376+ views
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | Friday, March 12, 2004 | AFP
    WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States warned North Korea that it would face action from the international community if it does not stop exporting dangerous weapons and other illegal activities. "If North Korea will not act, it will find the United States, its allies and other partners equally prepared to respond with measures that ensure North Korea cannot threaten our countries or international stability," said Mitchell Reiss, the department's director of policy planning. Speaking at the Heritage Foundation, one of Washington's leading repositories of expertise on East Asia, Reiss said the United States was taking steps to enforce its laws...