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  • Caption this Photo: How to Get N. Korean Attention

    05/13/2012 7:28:40 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 05/10/12
    Pres Lee Myungbak of S. Korea is being condemned in so many ways: His caricature drawings are: burned attacked by kids at elementary school His effigy is mauled by attack dogs
  • N. Korea: Chinese in Series of Diplomatic Gaffes in Seoul

    11/30/2010 7:00:10 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 11/30/10
    Chinese in Series of Diplomatic Gaffes in Seoul A Chinese delegation led by Dai Bingguo, the Chinese state councilor in charge of foreign affairs who visited South Korea on Nov. 27 and met with President Lee Myung-bak to discuss North Korea's attack on Yeonpyeong Island, has become the talk of the town among diplomats in Seoul. A diplomatic source in Seoul on Monday said the Chinese suddenly notified the South Korean Foreign Ministry at 3 p.m. on Nov. 27 that a delegation led by Dai will leave in 15 minutes and hopes to land at Seoul Airport. The airport in...
  • New U.S. command entity delayed

    06/30/2010 11:00:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1+ views
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 7/1/2010 | Jeong Yong-soo
    The planned creation of the U.S. Korea Command has been delayed to October or later, according to a source at the Ministry of Defense yesterday. The source told the JoongAng Ilbo that the new command structure was supposed to be created on June 1, but Seoul and Washington agreed to push back its creation to October or later, because of the delay of the transfer of wartime operational control of South Korean soldiers from the U.S. to South Korea. The U.S. Korea Command will be a new organization of the U.S. military forces here to be used after Korea is...
  • Troop control transfer delayed

    06/29/2010 8:59:52 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 6/302010 | Ser Myo-ja
    Leaders of South Korea and the United States have delayed Seoul’s scheduled takeover of wartime operational control of its troops to Dec. 1, 2015, pushing back the transfer date three years and seven months. The decision was made at a meeting between Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Barack Obama before the Group of 20 financial summit here on Saturday. The two leaders also discussed security issues and North Korea’s recent provocation, government officials said. When the 1950-53 Korean War began, South Korea handed over peacetime and wartime operational control of its soldiers to the U.S.-led United Nations Command, after which the...
  • Lee to press for Cheonan support at G-20 Summit

    06/26/2010 11:09:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 6/26/2010 | Jung Ha-won
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan are expected to ratchet up diplomatic efforts to garner international support for a UN reprimand of North Korea during this weekend’s G-20 Summit in Toronto. Seoul has asked the UN Security Council to officially condemn Pyongyang for the fatal March 26 attack on South Korean warship Cheonan, an accusation Pyongyang has furiously denied. After two Koreas held dueling briefings to push their own versions of the story to member countries at the UN Security Council, negotiations came to a temporary halt this week as the ambassadors of the member countries...
  • S. Korea, U.S. to delay wartime command transfer, speed up FTA

    06/26/2010 10:53:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/26/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his American counterpart Barack Obama announced a three-year delay in Washington's transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) to Seoul, citing the volatile atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula with North Korea's continued military provocations, most recently a deadly naval attack on a warship. The leaders also agreed to make concrete efforts to revive their long-stalled free trade agreement talks, as Obama set November as the deadline for completing necessary discussions. Obama began the summit with Lee with a show of his resolve to make North Korea pay a price for sinking a South Korean warship,...
  • Russia Hedges Bets Over Cheonan Sinking

    06/21/2010 12:40:19 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 6/21/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday called for a "thorough investigation" of the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan before taking any action against North Korea. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Medvedev said, "Although only one version has been broadly circulated, we should not take it immediately for granted. A thorough investigation is needed." The sinking, which claimed the lives of 46 South Korean sailors, was "tragic," he said, adding that the "hypothesis" that it was torpedoed by "a neighboring country" -- i.e. North Korea -- is one of the possible scenarios. "As soon as the results...
  • Lee says there will be no full-scale war between two Koreas

    06/05/2010 12:27:10 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 401+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/5/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak assured Singaporean business leaders Saturday that there will never be a full-scale war on the Korean Peninsula despite rising tensions between the two Koreas in the wake of the March sinking of a South Korean warship. "The South-North Korean issue should be resolved by all means but it is clearly not an easy task," Lee said in a meeting with a dozen Singaporean business leaders, including Tony Chew, chairman of Singapore Business Federation, according to presidential spokesman Park Sun-kyoo. "But there is no chance of a full-scale war at all," the president was quoted as...
  • Seoul Weighs Shift in U.S. Military Ties

    05/31/2010 10:01:34 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies · 645+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/31/2010 | Jay Solomon
    South Korea is reviewing its defense policy following North Korea's alleged sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, a process that could significantly change Seoul's military alliance with Washington, according to officials engaged in the process. Over the past week, U.S. and South Korean leaders have outlined plans to conduct war games and strategy sessions to better equip the South for combating the type of submarine attack Pyongyang is accused by international investigators to have staged in March, killing 46 South Korean sailors. For the longer term, President Lee Myung-bak's conservative government could seek to alter the alliance's command structure...
  • Seoul's trade ban could jeopardize Kim regime if China agrees to sanctions

    05/30/2010 1:44:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 476+ views ^ | 5/26/2010 |
    South Korea's ban on trade with North Korea would deliver a "direct blow" to the country's already destitute economy and could jeopardize the struggling Kim Jong-Il regime if China joins sanctions, a think tank here said. The report came after President Lee Myung-Bak announced that his country would cut all trade links and aid with North Korea and block its commercial ships from sailing through the South's waters as part of countermeasures to the North's submarine attack on the South's warship in March that killed 46 sailors. The North has consistently achieved a surplus in commercial trade with the South,...
  • Deadly silence at the DMZ

    05/28/2010 11:36:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 716+ views
    Asia Times ^ | 5/29/2010 | Donald Kirk
    In the duel between North and South Korea, the question now is who will pull the trigger first? The answer may be neither, but don't count on it. The dueling now focuses on two quite different flashpoints. The first is the West or Yellow Sea, where North Korea has vowed to open fire against any South Korean vessel intruding in its waters. One issue there is how to define which waters are North Korean. The North refuses to recognize the Northern Limit Line, set by the United Nations Command after the Korean War (1950-1953) and challenged by North Korea in...
  • S. Korea to continue punishing N. Korea despite threats: official

    05/26/2010 12:53:16 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 691+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/26/2010 | Sam Kim
    South Korea will continue to carry out its retaliatory measures against North Korea for the sinking of its warship, despite Pyongyang's announcement that the communist state will sever all ties with Seoul, an official here said Wednesday. Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung also said in a briefing that Pyongyang notified the South it was cutting off its hotline with South Korea at their truce village as well as their maritime communication links. North Korea said late Tuesday it would end dialogue with Seoul for the remainder of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's tenure and expel personnel from a joint consultative...
  • Special Address to the Nation by The President Lee Myung-bak(Speech on Cheonan and North Korea)

    05/24/2010 1:46:42 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 676+ views
    Cheong Da We ^ | 5/24/2010 | Cheong Da We
    Fellow Koreans, I am standing here today, keenly aware that the Korean Peninsula is facing a critical turning point. My fellow citizens, The Cheonan was sunk by a surprise North Korean torpedo attack. Again, the perpetrator was North Korea. Their attack came at a time when the people of the Republic of Korea were enjoying their well-earned rest after a hard day’s work. Once again, North Korea violently shattered our peace. The sinking of the Cheonan constitutes a military provocation against the Republic of Korea by North Korea. Since the end of the Korean War, the North has perpetrated incessant...
  • Lee says Seoul ready to invoke self-defense against future N.K. provocation

    05/24/2010 12:57:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 735+ views
    Yonghap News ^ | 5/24/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korea said Monday it will unhesitatingly exercise its right of self-defense in the event of future armed provocation by North Korea and freeze all of its remaining exchanges with the communist neighbor, except for Kaesong industrial park. Announcing a set of tough punitive steps against Pyongyang for its fatal attack on one of its warships in March, President Lee Myung-bak said his government will request the U.N. Security Council take up the case."From now on, the Republic of Korea will not tolerate any provocative act by the North and will maintain a principle of proactive deterrence," the president said...
  • Obama tells military: prepare for North Korea aggression

    05/24/2010 12:50:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 934+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo news ^ | 5/24/2010 | Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. military to coordinate with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and deter future aggression from North Korea, the White House said on Monday. The United States gave strong backing to plans by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to punish North Korea for sinking one of its naval ships, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. The White House urged North Korea to apologize and change its behavior, he said. "We endorse President Lee's demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent...
  • S.Korea to outline response over torpedoed warship

    05/23/2010 8:50:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 879+ views
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/23/2010 | AFP via Yahoo News
    President Lee Myung-Bak will Monday outline South Korea's resposnse to the sinking of a warship that Seoul said was torpedoed by a North Korean submarine, claiming 46 lives, his spokesman said. The attack on the Cheonan near the disputed border with the North on March 26 sparked outrage and grief in South Korea, but Seoul has apparently ruled out any military counterstrike for fear of triggering full-scale war. As international anger grows over the attack, Lee, in an address to the nation, will also outline his planned appeal to the UN Security Council over the sinking of the corvette. "The...
  • Seoul to refocus military reform back on North Korea threat

    05/23/2010 1:05:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 498+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 5/19/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    South Korea's conservative government is expected to drop the Defense Reform 2020, a long-term military project crafted by the previous liberal leadership. In the first meeting of the Commission for National Security Review, organized following the sinking of the warship Cheonan in march, President Lee Myung-Bak ordered his Cabinet to review Defense Reform 2020 to better counter threats from the hostile communist neighbor. Defense Reform 2020 was adopted by former President Roh Moo-Hyun, who pushed for reconciliation with the North. It was designed to make South Korea's military less dependent on the United States and called for a reduction of...
  • Goodbye Sunshine

    05/21/2010 11:42:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 760+ views
    Foreign Press Magazine ^ | 5/21/2010 | Christian Caryl
    So now it's official: North Korea did it. In the early morning hours of March 26 an explosion tore through the hull of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, which was sailing in waters not far from the disputed maritime boundary with the North. The 1,200-ton patrol boat split in two and sank, and 46 sailors lost their lives. The cause of the disaster wasn't immediately obvious. No one claimed responsibility for an attack, and some sort of accident was, of course, within the realm of possibility. So the South Korean government launched a probe to figure out what happened....
  • SKorea calls for cautious response to ship sinking

    05/21/2010 1:27:48 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 424+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/21/2010 | Kelly Olson
    – South Korea's president said Friday his country was caught in a "perfect military ambush" when a North Korean torpedo sank a naval warship, but called for a cautious response to the disaster that left 46 sailors dead. President Lee Myung-bak made the comments at an emergency national security meeting convened one day after an official report concluded that North Korea was responsible for the deadly sinking of the South Korean patrol ship Cheonan. North Korea has denied involvement and vowed "all-out war" in case of any moves to retaliate over the sinking. An international team of civilian and military...
  • South Korea to Accuse North of Torpedo Attack

    05/18/2010 4:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 848+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 5/18/2010 | Choe Sang-Hun
    South Korea has concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors, according to government officials and domestic news reports on Tuesday. South Korean officials are preparing to announce the results of their investigation later this week. The much anticipated finding will accuse North Korea of committing one of the worst military provocations on the Korean Peninsula since the end of the Korean War, deepening tensions between the countries. North Korea, denying involvement in the sinking, has vowed to retaliate against any attempt to link it with the March 26 explosion that broke...
  • South Korean President plans defense posture overhaul

    05/17/2010 2:21:05 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 237+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 5/17/2010 | Defense Professionals
    Strongly insinuating that North Korea was behind the sinking of a Navy warship, President Lee Myung-bak in early May announced major changes in the way South Korea’s military will defend the country. “It has now become clear that the Cheonan did not sink from a simple accident,” Lee said in an opening address at an unprecedented meeting of military commanders on May 4. “As soon as the incident happened, I realized that it was a grave international issue, that included inter-Korean relations, and made an order to the defense minister to lay bare the cause through international cooperation.” Lee hosted...
  • China backs N. Korea on sinking of the Cheonan near border

    05/14/2010 9:19:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 332+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 7/12/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    Beijing is approaching the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan with caution to avoid damaging its relations with its fraternal communist neighbor North Korea, U.S. officials say. In this April 24, 2010 file photo, a giant offshore crane salvages the bow section of the South Korean naval ship Cheonan off Baengnyeong Island, South Korea. AP/Yonhap, Choi Jae-Ku Chinese President Hu Jintao offered sympathetic remarks on the sinking of the Cheonan during a meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak at the opening of the Shanghai World Expo. But Chinese state-run media did not report Hu's comments. According to non-Chinese...
  • South Korea closer to blaming North for sinking ship

    05/13/2010 5:50:42 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 296+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/13/2010 | CheonanReuters
    South Korea came closer on Thursday to blaming North Korea for the sinking of a navy ship in March that killed 46 sailors with reports saying it plans economic measures to punish Pyongyang for a suspected torpedo attack.South Korea has not officially accused the North of sinking its navy ship but has made little secret of its belief Pyongyang deliberately torpedoed the 1,200 corvette Cheonan near their disputed border in retaliation for a naval clash last year. "The sinking of the Cheonan showed the cold hard realities of division (on the peninsula) for the world to see," South Korea's pointman...
  • China's Insult to South Korea

    05/12/2010 9:58:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 250+ views
    Asia Sentinel ^ | 5/10/2010 | Lee Byong-chul
    China's decision to roll out a glitzy welcome mat for the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has stunned and shocked South Korea's leaders, ignoring South Korea's anger over the sinking, undoubtedly by the north, of a South Korean navy patrol ship on March 26 with the loss of 46 lives. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was not given any hint from his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao at a Shanghai summit meeting, hardly a week ago on May 1, that Kim was on his way to Beijing. It was on May 2 that the 68-year-old North Korean leader's clandestine visit initially...
  • S. Korea's Lee calls unprecedented meeting with commanders to counter 'belligerent' North

    05/07/2010 10:38:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 421+ views ^ | 5/5/2010 |
    South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has ordered the military to become stronger to counter North Korea, saying the sinking of the South's warship was likely caused by its "belligerent" communist neighbor. In a show of his determination to overhaul the country's "loosened" defense posture, Lee convened a meeting of top military commanders on May 4. It was the first time in the nation's history that a president had done so. At the meeting, Lee vowed to take "definite, stern" action against those responsible for the sinking. The 1,200-ton Cheonan, a Navy corvette, exploded and sunk on March 26 during a...
  • Lee Slams N.Korean Extravagance(NK vows to avenge his insult)

    04/22/2010 2:05:19 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies · 446+ views
    Lee Slams N.Korean Extravagance President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday slammed North Korea's extravagant celebrations of nation founder Kim Il-sung's birthday at a time when the impoverished country seems headed for another famine. "My view is that North Korea needs to get sensible. When their people are suffering, the government spent W6 billion (US$1=W1,118) on fireworks to celebrate the birthday. How much corn could you have bought with that money?" Lee said in a meeting of 800 North American advisors to the National Unification Advisory Council. "The North Korean government also reportedly imported luxury cars from all over the world to...
  • A Schizophrenic Han

    07/26/2009 9:55:46 PM PDT · by joey703 · 122+ views
    Breaking Down Borders: Korea ^ | 27th July 2009 | Han
    (Probably Part I of II) From previous posts, such as this one, you can tell I am somewhat sympathetic towards Lee Myung Bak. He seems to be the wrong president at the wrong time, but anyways I just read this article and every single time I read something like this, the political situation in Korea boggles the mind (But on a side note, I'd also argue that South Korea is one of just two East Asian countries with democratic institutions - Taiwan being the other one. And Japan, well, we'll see). That is, how on earth can people care so...
  • South Korea's Bulldozer Heads for the White House

    06/13/2009 7:51:24 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 9 replies · 767+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 13, 2009 | By MARY KISSEL
    The new president is taking a tough line on North Korea. Will the U.S. support him? Seoul 'I fully support President Obama's call to have a world without nuclear weapons . . . But in the meantime we are faced with North Korea trying to become a nuclear power and this really is a question we must deal with now." South Korean President Lee Myung-bak -- nickname: The Bulldozer -- isn't a man who minces words, as Barack Obama will discover when he hosts a summit with him on Tuesday. Mr. Lee, known for persistently asking "Will it work?" in...
  • President Lee: "N. Korea to Launch Rocket as Early as Apr. 4"

    04/03/2009 2:56:50 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 538+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/03/09
    /begin my translation President Lee: "N. Korea to Launch Rocket as Early as Apr. 4" (London Reuters = Yonhap new) (S. Korean) President Lee Myung-bak said on Apr. 3 that N. Korea is almost certain to launch its rocket, and it could come as early as Apr. 4 if weather permits. /end my translation
  • South Korean Government of Lee Myung Bak in meltdown

    06/11/2008 1:55:20 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 14 replies · 163+ views
    The Times ^ | 6/11/2008 | Leo Lewis in Seoul
    By the time the final brace was welded to the immense metallic fortress in the centre of Seoul, the country knew that this was no longer just about an unpopular policy to resume imports of American beef. The new presidency of Lee Myung Bak is in meltdown and his closest political allies — including the Prime Minister — resigned yesterday en masse. The sight of a 20ft “Berlin Wall” of shipping containers blotting out all view of the presidential residence revealed a Government rattled to the core. “June the 10th is rat-catching day,” bellowed protest leaders through vast loudspeakers positioned...
  • North Korea lashes out at South's new president(charlatan/traitor/sycophant)

    03/31/2008 8:45:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies · 390+ views
    Alertnet ^ | 04/01/08 | Jon Herskovitz
    North Korea lashes out at South's new president 01 Apr 2008 03:19:30 GMT Source: Reuters (Adds comments on nuclear negotiations) By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL, April 1 (Reuters) - North Korea unleashed a torrent of insults at South Korea's new president on Tuesday in a first mention of Lee Myung-bak since he won a December election with a pledge to get tough on his communist neighbour. In the last week the North has test-fired missiles, expelled South Korean officials working at a joint factory park in the North and threatened to reduce South Korea to ashes in a show of anger...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush 02-25-08 (news and many photos)

    02/25/2008 6:25:24 PM PST · by snugs · 59 replies · 2,994+ views
    The President met with Jay Hein, Director of the Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in the Oval Office and then addressed to a meeting of the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room. The President and the First Lady attended the 2008 Republican Governors Association gala at the National Building Museum where the President gave a speech. Pray for President Bush - Day - 2713 Today the Vice President is in Dallas Texas, tomorrow he will visit Fort Hood where he will deliver remarks at the III Corps flag uncasing ceremony and then address about 10,000 Fort Hood...
  • NKorea must scrap nukes for its own good, says SKorea's Lee

    12/22/2007 12:07:26 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 88+ views
    SpaceWar.Com ^ | Dec 21, 2007 | AFP
    SEOUL, Dec 21 (AFP) Dec 21, 2007South Korea's next leader Lee Myung-Bak urged North Korea Friday to scrap all its nuclear weapons for its own good and promised closer international cooperation to achieve the goal."We appreciate that China has the same thought as us that the disarmament of North Korea is for its own benefit," the president-elect told Chinese ambassador Ning Fukui, part of a round of consultations with envoys from regional powers.China since 2003 has hosted the six-party talks on North Korean nuclear disarmament which also groups the two Koreas, the United States, Japan and Russia."We have high expectations...
  • BBC: Seoul poll winner tough on North - will press North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons.

    12/19/2007 9:03:29 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies · 76+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, 20 December 2007, 04:07 GMT | BBC Staff
    Seoul poll winner tough on North Lee made his first policy speech the morning after victory The president-elect of South Korea, Lee Myung-bak, says he will press North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons. Such a move was a prerequisite for full economic co-operation between North and South, he said, adding that Pyongyang must improve its human rights record. Speaking at a news conference, he also pledged to boost the economy and court foreign investment. Full results show the conservative Lee won a landslide win in Wednesday's poll, ending a decade of liberal rule. With almost all votes counted, the...
  • Seoul Tilts Right

    12/20/2007 1:00:25 AM PST · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies · 144+ views
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | 12/19/07 | Jayshree Bajoria, Lee Hudson Teslik
    Early results from South Korea’s December 19 presidential election show the conservative front-runner candidate, Lee Myung-bak, winning by a sizeable margin (Korea Times) over his two opponents. Despite allegations that he was involved in a corruption scandal, Lee gained over 50 percent of the total vote. The Financial Times says the landslide represents a clear mandate for policy change in a country that has been dominated by left-wing parties for the past decade. Specifically, South Koreans seem to have turned on the “sunshine” policy of presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun—a policy of engaging North Korea that the Guardian says...
  • S. Korea: Opposition looks to landslide in S.Korea elections

    05/29/2006 7:59:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 492+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/29/06 | Jack Kim
    Opposition looks to landslide in S.Korea elections By Jack Kim Mon May 29, 7:14 AM ET South Korea's opposition Grand National Party (GNP) appears headed for a landslide victory in local elections on Wednesday, suggesting an electoral shift to the right ahead of next year's vote for the presidency. The vote for nearly 3,900 posts is unlikely to affect South Korea's economic and national security policies, but it will be watched closely by both neighbors and Washington as a barometer of support for President Roh Moo-hyun and the ruling Uri Party. South Korea and the United States, Seoul's most important...