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2008-09-01 03:00:19

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "N. Korea Says It Can Launch Satellites Anytime"] SEOUL, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) - North Korea on Sunday [31 August] celebrated the 10th anniversary of the launch of Taepodong-1, the communist state's first self-claimed satellite rocket, declaring that it can do the same anytime. Taepodong-1 is a three-stage intermediate-range ballistic missile developed in North Korea and currently in service. The missile was...

2008-08-31 06:00:23

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap Seoul, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) - North Korea on Sunday [ 31 August] celebrated the 10th anniversary of the launch of Taepodong-1, the communist state's first self-claimed satellite rocket, declaring that it can do the same anytime. Taepodong-1 is a three-stage intermediate-range ballistic missile developed in North Korea and currently in service. The missile was derived originally from the Scud rocket and can allegedly serve as both a...

2008-08-31 06:00:18

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [By Lee Joon-seung] Seoul, Aug. 31 (Yonhap) - South Korea and Uruguay will agree on a fisheries pact that can help facilitate greater cooperation in the development of marine resources, the government said Sunday. The deal, which is expected to be signed on Tuesday in Seoul during President Tabare Vazquez's visit, calls for greater exchanges of information and personnel related to the development of fisheries resources, the...

2008-08-26 12:00:44

North Korea threatened Tuesday to restore its Yongbyon nuclear reactor if the U.S. government fails to remove it from a list of terrorist sponsors. The North Korean Foreign Ministry said it earlier this month suspended the disabling of its nuclear facilities and now has rejected a U.S.-backed plan to verify the status of its atomic activities, Yonhap, the South Korean news agency, reported. North Korea now will consider restoring "nuclear facilities in Yongbyon to their original state as...

2008-08-26 06:00:51

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "China's Hu Meets S. Korean Business Leaders"] Seoul, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) - Chinese President Hu Jintao urged both Seoul and Beijing Tuesday to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation to overcome challenges posed by what he called an "unstable global economic situation." Hu, in a speech to business leaders here on the final leg of his two-day visit to Seoul, said South Korea and China have positive conditions...

2008-08-26 03:00:51

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "China's Hu Meets S. Korean Business Leaders"] Seoul, Aug. 26 (Yonhap) - Chinese President Hu Jintao met South Korean business leaders on Tuesday on his final leg of a two-day visit here. About 200 South Korean businesspeople, including Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong-koo and POSCO Co. Chairman Lee Ku-taek, attended a luncheon meeting with the Chinese president. "Since South Korea and China established...

2008-08-25 03:00:35

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap Seoul, Aug. 25 (Yonhap) - South Korea and China agreed on a revised fisheries trade pact aimed at reducing unnecessary friction between the two neighbours, the government said Monday. The Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said the new pact is a revision of the bilateral trade pact signed in April 2001. "The main difference is that both sides agreed to differentiate between minor and serious violations,...

2008-08-09 09:00:52

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) - President Lee Myung-bak [Ri Myo'ng-pak] and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev met in Beijing Saturday and agreed to jointly explore oil, gas and mineral resources in the central Asian country, Lee's aides in Seoul said. The two leaders were in the Chinese capital for the Olympics which opened on Friday night. In a meeting with Nazarbaev, Lee asked for his support for South Korean firms wanting to...

2008-08-08 06:00:50

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, Aug. 8 (Yonhap) - South Korea and China will restart ministerial-level atomic technology talks in the first half of 2009 that could help expand technical and commercial transactions in the field, the government said Friday. The decision to hold the bilateral nuclear technology forum gathering in Seoul next year was reached at the ASEAN-plus-three energy ministers' meeting held in Bangkok, the Ministry of Knowledge Economy...

2008-08-06 03:00:49

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, Aug. 6 (Yonhap) - South Korea will build a solar power facility on Dokdo [Liancourt Rocks] by November as plans to make the islets more habitable to visitors are being reviewed, the government said Wednesday. Construction of a solar power facility should begin in September after detailed environmental impact studies are completed, sources at the Ministry of Knowledge Economy and the Korea Energy Management Corp. (KEMCO)...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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