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  1. Spying missions still de rigueur for isolated North

    Posted Aug 25th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to enter the South on a forged Philippine passport. South Korea's national intelligence agency said this week Chung had entered the country at least three times in the past decade. 'The ... 'Countries have intelligence services and even when relations get better they will do their best to get information and given that North Korea has used infiltration in the past, I see no reason ...

  2. Life in a North Korean gulag: the musical

    Posted Mar 13th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... George W. Bush is said to have read the book and met the author in Washington. Jung's own project caught the eye of local media and then South Korea's secret services. In stark contrast to practices during the cold war, the South Korean government has a policy of engagement with North Korea and is wary of upsetting the country. 'They [members of the secret service] called, we ...

  3. Return of army base 'liberates' Seoul

    Posted Aug 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and their families. Within the next three years, the 288 hectares of land will be returned to South Korea after more than a century of use by foreign troops. By 2008, the US troops will be relocated further south. Last week, at a ceremony marking the start of the redevelopment, President Roh Moo-hyun said the return of Yongsan represented the country's growing 'self-reliance'. ...

  4. Loved ones lost, but not forgotten

    Posted Jul 20th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... later, South Korea's National Security Agency announced it had discovered that Lee was being held in a detention centre for political prisoners. In 2001, the North Korean Red Cross reported ... members, where he was temporarily reunited with his 82-year old mother. But Mr Kim, who reportedly now trains North Korean spies in South Korean dialect and culture, was adamant that he ...

  5. Yasukuni visits create needless tensions

    Posted Aug 16th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... they contend, should be permanent membership of the UN Security Council beside Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States. They do not understand the outrage from China, South Korea and other ... Shinzo Abe, said Japan would continue to allay misunderstandings over the shrine visits and spoke of the need to establish 'future-oriented relations' with China and South Korea. Mr Abe ...

  6. Foreign wives find the going tough

    Posted May 30th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... domestic violence. Domestic violence may not be specific to South Korea, but it is far less publicly recognised than in many other countries, something which comes as a shock to many foreign women. ... country, fleeing the drunken beatings she suffered at the hands of a South Korean man 16 years her senior. Her case represents the dark side of the growing trend among Korean men - particularly ...

  7. Where purity is sacred, mixed-bloods shamed

    Posted Mar 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... in South Korea and cast an unprecedented spotlight on the hon-hyol in. In a country that prizes itself on ethnic homogeneity, Koreans of mixed race suffered systematic discrimination ... he would have brought attention to the plight of one of South Korea's most discriminated minorities. Mr Park, 59, is from the first generation of hon-hyol in, or literally ...

  8. Allies prove the enemy in South Korea's summer blockbusters

    Posted Aug 06th 2006, 12:00am by Andrew Salmon

    ... Koreans' antagonism towards their two ostensible allies, in the face of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, is reflected in the country's summer blockbusters. Hanbando (The ... reunification, sparking naval clashes. Hanbando juxtaposes brutal events from the two nations' troubled past with the fictional modern-day storyline. The film, featuring some of South Korea ...

  9. Wen urges North Korean restraint

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... programme, bringing together the US, Japan, Russia and South Korea as well as North Korea. The six-country talks, which have been stalled for more than seven months, have thrust China centre stage ... country in the world has a greater influence on North Korea than China has,' Mr Howard said before meeting Mr Wen. Mr Howard said he would use the meeting to encourage China to persuade ...

  10. Plagiarism scandal spurs calls for new minister to resign

    Posted Aug 01st 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The controversy has also highlighted the relatively weak systems for judging academic work in South Korea, where quantity has traditionally been emphasised over quality. 'I think this is typical ... But the explanation has failed to silence his critics. 'Kim is ethically and educationally unfit to be education minister,' the Korea Professors Union said. The scandal snowballed last week after ...




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