April 20, 1991 |
The Soviet Union and South Korea agreed today to broad new economic cooperation and a joint multibillion-dollar natural gas development project in the Soviet Far East, state-run KBS television reported. The Soviet Union also reaffirmed its position that if North Korea refuses to sign the nuclear safeguard treaty it will suspend supplies of nuclear fuel, technology and other help to its longtime Communist ally, KBS said.
May 13, 1990 |
A strong earthquake shook Sakhalin Island in the eastern Soviet Union on Saturday. No injuries or serious damage were reported. The temblor overturned furniture in homes on the sparsely populated island and was felt 900 miles to the south in northern Japan, according to Japan's Central Meteorological Agency. Meteorologists in Japan said the quake had a magnitude of 7.7 and struck deep below the eastern coast of Sakhalin. The U.S. Geological Survey in Washington said the temblor measured 6.7.
October 1, 1989 |
American and Japanese entrepreneurs are making deals in the desolate Soviet Far East, best known to outsiders as the area where border gunners shot down a Korean Airlines jumbo jet. Most foreign investment in the resource-rich, lightly populated region is still in the start-up stage. Moscow sees foreign trade and foreign investment as ways to boost the Soviet economy, although so far no large-scale foreign projects have been started in the Soviet sector of the booming Pacific Basin.
March 16, 1987 |
Even wages that are double what they pay in Moscow are not enough to attract workers to fill all the jobs on Sakhalin, the big island off the Soviet Pacific coast. For Sakhalin is no resort. It is plagued by hurricanes and severe weather. Ice and snow are a problem for eight months of the year. In January, for instance, a blizzard cut off communications with the mainland and halted all outdoor work and activity.
February 2, 1986 |
During World War II, the Japanese who ruled Korea uprooted 43,000 Koreans and sent them to work in the coal mines of southern Sakhalin, the big island north of Japan. Although 40 years have passed, very few of them have ever made it back home. After the war, southern Sakhalin was taken over by the Soviet Union, and Moscow has steadfastly refused to repatriate the Koreans. The Koreans have not been forgotten, though.
October 10, 1985 |
Yul Brynner, who with shaved head and regally haughty presence played and replayed the starring role in "The King and I" for more than 30 years, died early today in a New York Hospital. He was 65. With him when he died at 1 a.m. at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center were his wife, Kathy Lee, and his four children, said Josh Ellis, the actor's spokesman. "He died of multiple complications that came as a result of what was originally cancer," Ellis said. "He faced death with a dignity and strength that astounded his doctors.