February 14, 2007
Re "N. Korea says yes, for now, to a freeze," Feb. 13 Where has the intellect, common sense and street smarts in our government gone? Instead of being a world leader respected by other nations and the source of pride of Americans, we seem to be outmaneuvered, outsmarted, impotent or without the will to create positive outcomes in virtually every aspect of international dealing and domestic issues. North Korea has us exactly where it wants us, getting what it wants and costing the U.S. another tidy sum. I expect that the U.S. will be forced to bear the primary financial burden of this giveaway to North Korea.
January 15, 2003
Why are we dancing to North Korea's tune ("There's a Method to Pyongyang's Madness," Jan. 11)? We should adapt a modification of the mutually assured destruction policy of the Cold War (with its proven effectiveness) into an "assured destruction" policy toward North Korea (and Iraq), meaning that any use of weapons of mass destruction will immediately result in our offshore submarines launching total destruction on their capitals. No need for huge, expensive military buildups and no need to maintain bases in hostile or potentially hostile countries.
March 7, 2003
Re "U.S. Said to Be Resigned to a Nuclear Korea," March 5: We rush to war with Iraq because we say it has weapons of mass destruction, but we have no credible evidence to prove it. We are resigned to allow North Korea to develop atomic weapons, touting our to-be-developed missile defense system to guard us, all the while knowing that any country that can get a missile here can easily outwit our defense. We are spending like crazy, bankrupting the country and enfeebling our police, firefighters, schools, medical care and cities.
June 24, 2009 |
Korean Air's ambition to be one of the world's top 10 airlines is closely linked to an airport that is ranked among the world's best but little known outside Asia. Incheon International Airport, just outside Seoul, serves as the main hub for Korean Air and its archrival Asiana Airlines. Both carriers are hoping to use the airport as an "air bridge" in which travelers from North America would make the connection at Incheon to fly to other cities in Asia.
September 18, 2004 |
Visiting North Korea is like peering in the window of a store that closed long ago but where old merchandise mysteriously remains. I walk through the aisles feeling privileged, fascinated and curious, a little nervous, but not scared. It is unlike any other place in the world. Communications and information technology most of the rest of the world takes for granted -- the Internet, cellphones, GPS systems -- are unavailable to civilians. North Korean-sanctioned news about Western nations often is characterized by violence and aggressive government actions.
January 31, 2009 |
North Korea's vow to abandon all peace agreements with Seoul drew a mild response from South Korea's president, who continued to express optimism that the rivals could hold negotiations soon. President Lee Myung-bak dismissed the North's claim that his government's tougher policies were pushing the divided peninsula toward armed conflict. "I hope North Korea understands that [South Korea] has affection toward the North, and I think that the two Koreas can hold negotiations before long," Lee said.
March 11, 2009 |
Qualcomm Inc., the world's largest maker of chips for mobile phones, said South Korea was looking into the lawfulness of some of its business practices. The Korea Fair Trade Commission issued a report looking at the inclusion of multimedia features in its chips and rebates and discounts for customers, the San Diego company said. Qualcomm said its actions were lawful.