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2006-03-06 07:11:12

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States and South Korea agreed on Monday to start a formal round of free trade talks in June, dealing a blow to farmers and unionists demonstrating against the plans. A group of about 40 rallied on Monday in Seoul as trade negotiators from the two countries agreed to hold their first official talks, aimed at bringing down trade barriers, on June 5 to June 9 in Washington. South Korea's chief negotiator, Kim Jong-hoon, told reporters four...

2006-03-06 04:27:17

SEOUL (Reuters) - Trade negotiators from South Korea and the United States met on Monday for preliminary talks on a free trade deal, amid a rally by farmers and unionists in Seoul opposed to the agreement. Seoul and Washington have already had a showdown on the issue of rice ahead of the opening of formal negotiations in May on a free trade agreement. Ambassador Kim Jong-hoon of South Korea and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler met at South Korea's Foreign Ministry to...

2006-03-06 06:40:42

By Jon Herskovitz and Kim Yeon-hee SEOUL (Reuters) - While Hollywood anointed new stars at the Academy Awards ceremony, South Korea was celebrating its biggest ever box office hit -- a film with subtle gay themes about a tyrannical ruler and his jesters. "King and the Clown," made for about $4.5 million, has taken an estimated 82.6 billion won ($85 million) at the box office, an official at the production company said by telephone on Monday. Nearly 12 million people -- a quarter of...

2006-02-28 21:48:48

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun urged Japan on Wednesday to stop all actions that put its apology for its past war of aggression in doubt, saying Tokyo's neighbors were justifiably upset. Japan's ties with South Korea and China have been strained over Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to Yasukuni war shrine and cabinet members' comments that critics say justify and embellish Japan's war of aggression. "Japan has already apologized," Roh said in a speech...

2006-02-26 05:16:35

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun will hold an unprecedented live debate on the Internet next month with the public focused on reducing social disparity, the presidential Blue House said on Sunday. South Korea is the world's most-wired country and most homes are connected by broadband. Roh, a self-educated former lawyer, is himself a proficient Internet user. He will field questions from the public posted on five major Internet portals that will carry...

2006-02-06 07:02:32

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's nominee for the top policy maker job on North Korea ventured into taboo territory on Monday by acknowledging the government of the North's leader Kim Jong-il as a dictatorship. While the United States, Japan and the European Union have been outspoken in their criticism of North Korea's human rights record, Seoul has been mostly quiet on the subject with some officials saying they felt silent diplomacy was best. North Korea saves some of...

2006-01-28 20:12:03

By Jon Herskovitz - Analysis SEOUL (Reuters) - A U.S. crackdown on North Korean finances has not only hit Pyongyang hard but also exposed a divide between Washington and Seoul that the two governments may have trouble bridging, analysts said. Washington and Pyongyang are digging in their heels over the financial crackdown, and Seoul is looking for compromise. But unless a solution is found soon, talks on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programs -- one of the greatest threats to...

2006-01-26 06:09:38

SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is ready to move as fast as the South Korean government sees possible in order to allow Seoul to take command of its troops from the U.S. military in the event of war, a senior U.S. general said on Thursday. South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun said on Wednesday South Korea would work with Washington to complete this year a measure allowing Seoul to take over war-time command of its troops from the U.S. military. It was apparently the first time...

2006-01-25 01:45:00

By Jack Kim SEOUL -- South Korea's president swiped on Wednesday at U.S. hardliners rooting for the collapse of the North Korean government, but said Seoul and Washington saw eye to eye on how to end the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions. "The South Korean government does not agree with certain opinions in the United States, which apparently are trying to pressure North Korea by raising issues about its regime and often seem to be looking for its collapse," President Roh Moo-hyun...

2006-01-24 22:30:01

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea wants to begin discussions for a permanent peace treaty to replace an armistice with North Korea, President Roh Moo-hyun said on Wednesday. Roh agreed with U.S. President George W. Bush in November that peace treaty talks should take place in parallel with ongoing negotiations to dismantle North Korea's nuclear weapons programs. "We will resolutely prepare for negotiations with related countries for the establishment of a peace regime on the Korean...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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