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September 18, 2004 | By Dean R. Owen
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 | Times Wire Reports
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 | Times Wire Reports
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.
January 1, 2003
While the U.S. is "Chasing Phantoms Across Afghanistan" (Dec. 29), we are letting the real enemy get away -- North Korea. Now is the time to concentrate our forces and hit North Korea. When it's over, give what's left to China to appease the Chinese and have them keep their hands off South Korea. President Bush seems only able to go after the weak little guy on the playground. That's typical of a bully. Waiting to see what North Korea will achieve in the next few months is just plain stupid.
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