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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.
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 15, 2002 | ERIC J. HEIKKILA and GEORGE O. TOTTEN III, Eric J. Heikkila, an associate professor at USC, is executive secretary and co-founder of the Pacific Rim Council for Urban Development. George O. Totten III is chairman of USC's Korea Project and political science professor emeritus.
As South Korean President Kim Dae Jung nears the end of his term in office, a rare opportunity for progress toward meaningful peace on the Korean peninsula may be slipping from our grasp By all reports, his "sunshine policy" toward the North--a significant factor in the decision to award him the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000--has been obscured by gathering storm clouds. It seems incredible that only 15 months ago North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, was receiving the first U.S. secretary of State to visit North Korea, and relations between North and South were thawing.
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