Obama to visit S. Korea for talks with Lee, global nuclear summit
The Korea Herald
U.S. President Barack Obama will arrive in South Korea on Sunday for a three-day visit that includes summit talks with President Lee Myung-bak and discussions with dozens of other world leaders on nuclear security, the presidential office said Tuesday.
The upcoming trip, which will be Obama‘s third to South Korea, comes amid heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea announced last week that it will launch a satellite on a long-range rocket next month, a pretext Pyongyang has used before to disguise banned missile tests.
North Korean Satellite Plan to Loom Over Meeting
New York Times
When regional powers gather in Seoul next week to discuss nuclear terrorism, they will have to deal with another urgent matter: how to pressure North Korea to cancel its plans to launch a satellite, President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea said Tuesday.
“No matter what excuses North Korea may have, this would be an act of flouting a U.N. Security Council resolution,” Mr. Lee told a group of reporters during an interview in his office. He was referring to a 2009 Council resolution that bans the North from any rocket launching using ballistic missile technology.
North Korea has been sending out conflicting messages about its nuclear ambitions since it reached a deal last month with the United States to suspend long-range missile tests and uranium enrichment and admit United Nations inspectors in exchange for 240,000 tons of food aid.
Its announcement on Friday that it would launch its new modified Unha-3 rocket to put a satellite into orbit between April 12 and 16 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Kim Il-sung, North Korea’s founding president, drew swift international condemnation.
Korean American couple attacked, robbed
Philadelphia Daily News
IN YET ANOTHER home invasion of an Asian business owner, an Oxford Circle man says that he and his wife were ambushed as they pulled into their back driveway Sunday night in their black Lexus.
The husband, a 42-year-old Korean American who goes by the nickname Kenny but did not want his name published, Monday showed the Daily News a home surveillance video that captured the attackers as they pounced from behind a fence, surprising the couple.
Family, friends remember Thomas Kim’s passion for teaching and for family
Reporter News (Abilene, Tex.)
More than 200 family members, friends and colleagues of Thomas K. Kim gathered at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Saturday afternoon to remember the life of the man that devoted his life to teaching and his family.
The church was where he spent years volunteering, teaching Sunday school to students, and where he worshipped as a devout Methodist.
The longest-serving president in McMurry University’s history, Kim, 83, died Monday at Hendrick Medical Center after a brief illness.
Young boy’s illness overlooked by doctors
WJLA (Washington, D.C.)
As one year old Rayan Lajnef struggled for air, his windpipe shrinking more every day, his parents struggled to get the doctor to listen to them.
“I mean, basically we were ready for him to die,” said Raouf Lajnef, the young boy’s father.
One day Rayan suddenly started coughing, then wheezing. Fearing he had swallowed something, his parents rushed him to a nearby clinic in Woodbridge.
“She said it looks like he’s catching a cold,” said Hanene Lajnef, Rayan’s mother.
Why China can’t persuade N.Korea alone
Global Times (China)
Pyongyang announced Friday its plan to launch a satellite next month, setting off another round of condemnation from South Korea, Japan and the US. China summoned North Korea’s ambassador to China to express its concerns. A sense of nervousness is seemingly shrouding the Korean Peninsula.
China appears to be put in an awkward position every time Pyongyang makes a surprise move. It has to maintain a balance between preventing radical actions in the Peninsula and keeping friendly ties with North Korea.
N.Korea to Spend Billions on Centenary Celebrations
North Korea is about to spend an estimated US$2 billion, or one third of its annual budget, to mark the centenary of nation founder Kim Il-sung on April 15, plus an additional $850 million to build a three-stage rocket and launch pad for the event. The total would be enough to buy 4.75 million tons of rice based on current grain prices at $600 per ton as the regime holds out its hands for international food aid.
Grilled Rat for Welfare Shows Unification Hurdles for Korea
Kim Tae Hee fled North Korea at age 16 and made her way to Seoul via China. Two years after arriving she is unemployed and dependent on government welfare to pay her food and electricity bills.
“I thought life would be comfortable here, living in high- rise apartments and wearing nice clothes,” said Kim, for whom finding rats to grill was a luxury in her village back home. “Everything was supposed to work out once I got here and nothing has.”
More than 2,000 North Koreans come to South Korea every year, escaping chronic malnutrition and a regime that forbids dissent and restricts contact with the outside world. Lacking social skills attuned to the Internet age, or educational backgrounds that match employer needs, northerners face a jobless rate three times higher than native-born citizens.
John Park’s sells 20,000 copies of debut album in 20 days
John Park‘s debut album has sold 20,000 copies in only 20 days.
On March 18, John Park astounded by ranking first on Hanteo Chart’s real time record sales as well as the daily record sales.
He released his first mini album ‘Knock‘ on February 22nd and since then he has been promoting his title track “Falling“. After having his album on sale for only four weeks, he has been dominating charts and recieving lots of attnetion from music fans.
‘X-Treme X-Men’ by Greg Pak & Stephen Segovia Announced [WonderCon]
As promised in a teaser image and press release from earlier this week, Marvel Comics announced today at WonderCon’s “Talk to the Hat” panel the coming of X-Treme X-Men, a new ongoing series written by Greg Pak and drawn by Stephen Segovia. The book stars James Howlett, Emmeline Frost and Kid Nightcrawler — the alternate versions of Wolverine and Nightcrawler seen in Pak’s recent work in Astonishing X-Men — as they “gather their forces to save all universes from the greatest threat [they've] ever faced.” Details remain few, but we do know of one mutant who will join the ranks of this new team: Dazzler.
The Sea of Blood Opera Show: A History of North Korea’s Musical Diplomacy
Last week, North Korea’s premier state instrumental ensemble, the Unhasu Orchestra, performed in Europe for the first time since 1953, the year the Korean War ended. The event was a landmark in North Korea’s latest show of opening and reform, a cycle it has repeated many times, this time under the leadership of young new heir Kim Jung Un. The carefully managed event was also a reminder that, with so much energy and scrutiny applied to an event that would be boringly routine for most countries, the world has a long way to go before seriously engaging North Korea on touchier matters like, say, nuclear weapons or conflict with South Korea.
Spring Practice Position Battles (Guard)
Andrew Rodriguez started every game he was healthy enough to play in throughout the 2011 season until the end. An injury to Rodriguez kept him from being with the team, and as a result, walk-on Seung Hoon Choi started in the Capital One Bowl. Most Husker fans believed Rodriguez would resume his role as starter for the 2012 season.
Spring practice started and Rodriguez wasn’t with the starters – it was Choi. Rodriguez spent the first chunk of spring practice working exclusively with the second team, and remains with the backups. Teammates said Choi is the starter because he worked hard and earned it in practice during Rodriguez’s absence.
How to watch Korean TV in America
Hey guys, I recently hooked up a PC for my mother and she would like to watch some Korean TV on it. I’m fine with paid and free options, but nothing complicated like torrents. She mainly likes to watch things like the news and informative shows, but may occasionally watch some drama. Any good options?
Korea joins curling’s Asian invasion
Add Korea’s name to curling’s Asian invasion.
Young skip Ji-Sun Kim, 24, has become one of the early surprises at the women’s world curling championship.
Korea was winless in its first world appearance in 2002.
When Kim showed up as the country’s rookie skip at the 2011 worlds, the team finished 11th with a 2-9 record.
This time, Kim has rattled off four straight wins after losing her event opener.
Bobby Lee and the World’s Biggest Condom (NSFW)