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2008-07-07 12:00:36

The union of South Korea's largest automaker says it will stage a second strike in less than a week to protest resumption of U.S. beef imports. About 44,000 union workers at all three Hyundai Motor Corp. in South Korea said they plan to walk off their jobs for four hours Thursday to protest the country's pro-business government policies, Yonhap reported Monday. Hyundai's union will join a broader action taken by the Korea Metal Workers Union, the umbrella labor group that includes South...

2008-06-30 06:00:03

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap original headline: "Seoul Offers Corn Aid to Pyongyang"] SEOUL, June 30 (Yonhap) - South Korea on Monday offered 50,000 tons of corn aid to North Korea after the famine-stricken country failed to reply to Seoul's proposed assistance. "We will provide 50,000 tons of corn if North Korea give details as to when, where and how it wants to receive the aid," Kim Ho- nyoun, spokesman for the Unification Ministry, told...

2008-06-29 06:00:29

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "Rice Heads To Beijing After Brief Trip To Seoul"] Seoul, June 29 (Yonhap) - US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice left for Beijing Sunday morning after a 20-hour stay here that was buoyed by progress in resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis but also overshadowed by a controversy surrounding Seoul's decision to resume US beef imports. Rice met with her South Korean counterpart Yu Myung-hwan [Yu...

2008-06-26 09:00:03

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap WASHINGTON, June 26 (Yonhap) - The White House said Thursday it welcomes North Korea's nuclear declaration and said it will start taking steps to take the communist country off the US terrorism blacklist. "The United States welcomes the North Korean declaration of its nuclear programmes," spokeswoman Dana Perino said in a statement. "Washington will respond to North Korea's actions by lifting the provisions of the Trading with...

2008-06-24 06:02:56

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap Seoul, June 24 (Yonhap) - South Korea plans to open new embassies in five nations rich in natural resources, as part of efforts to bolster its "energy diplomacy." The Cabinet, presided over by President Lee Myung-bak [Yi Myo'ng- pak], on Tuesday approved the Foreign Ministry's plan to set up embassies in Bolivia, Cameroon, Congo, Kyrgyzstan, Trinidad and Tobago later this year. Seoul also plans to establish a consulate general...

2006-06-20 20:14:15

SEOUL (Reuters) - Former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung, who orchestrated an unprecedented summit with North Korea's leader in 2000, has canceled a trip to Pyongyang planned for next week, South Korean broadcaster YTN said on Wednesday. The announcement comes as Seoul, Washington and Tokyo have said there is evidence North Korea may conduct a test-launch of a long-range missile, which the three have said would present a grave danger to regional security. Kim's office will hold...

2006-04-24 01:36:40

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea will not return to stalled six-party talks on its nuclear programs unless the United States ends financial curbs, official media said on Monday. Washington has accused Pyongyang of boycotting the talks and said its crackdown on firms it suspects of aiding North Korean counterfeiting, money laundering and drug trafficking is a separate issue. North Korea has criticized the crackdown before. Monday's comment was the first significant statement from the...

2006-04-21 06:28:33

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Japanese and South Korean officials held "tough" talks on Friday to try to resolve a standoff over disputed islands that has jarred a relationship long strained by Japan's colonial rule of Korea last century. The meeting came as Japanese law makers visited a war shrine in Tokyo which South Korea and China see as a symbol of Japan's past militarism. South Korea has warned of "stern measures" if Japan presses ahead with a plan to send survey ships to...

2006-04-20 21:56:56

SEOUL (Reuters) - Japan is sending a senior envoy to Seoul on Friday to try to find a middle ground in a standoff over a group of desolate islands claimed by both countries that has jarred an already strained relationship between the two. Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Shotaro Yachi will meet with South Korean counterpart Yu Myung-hwan over the dispute, that has heated up over Japan's plans to conduct a maritime survey near the contested islands. "We are trying to avert a physical...

2006-03-13 22:58:46

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan offered on Tuesday to resign for playing golf with business executives while a national railway strike was causing transport chaos, media reports said. Several newspapers and politicians have called on Lee to resign for failing to attend to the strike and instead play golf with a group that included a businessman who had been convicted of financial crimes and another under investigation for price fixing. Lee, a five-term...


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  • A stinking tobacco.
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