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South Korean President to hold press conference on scrapped airport plan

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak



SEOUL, March 31 (KATAKAMI.COM)  — President Lee Myung-bak plans to hold a press conference later this week to express his position on the government’s decision to abort a major airport construction project, his aides said Thursday, amid fierce backlash from local residents, authorities and lawmakers, YONHAP NEWS AGENCY reported.

“The president is scheduled to express his position tomorrow,” a senior official at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said on the condition of anonymity. “The format will be a press conference.”

Lee made a campaign pledge to construct a new airport in the southeastern region, called “Yeongnam” in Korean, but the government announced a decision Wednesday to scrap the plan, citing a lack of expected economic benefits.

A Cheong Wa Dae source said Lee is expected to express regret over the reversal rather than offering a direct public apology. (*)
 
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Posted by on March 31, 2011 in World News

 

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South Korea names new ambassadors to Austria, Indonesia

Kim Young-sun, the ministry's former spokesman, will serve as the top envoy to Indonesia

SEOUL, March 29 (KATAKAMI.COM / Yonhap) — South Korea has appointed its new ambassadors to Austria and Indonesia, the foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Kim Young-sun, the ministry’s former spokesman, will serve as the top envoy to Indonesia while Cho Hyun, the former deputy foreign minister for multilateral and global affairs, will head the country’s diplomatic mission in Austria, the ministry said in a statement. (*)

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in World News

 

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Photostream : Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi meets South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan

China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) shakes hands with his South Korean counterpart Kim Sung-hwan during their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

China's Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi (R) gestures to his South Korean counterpart Kim Sung-hwan during their meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, March 29, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2011 in World News

 

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Photo : South Korean Prime Minister pays tribute to Japanese earthquake victims

South Korean Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik (L in front row) pays his respects to Japanese earthquake victims during. As reported by YONHAP AGENCY NEWS om Monday, Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik paid a visit to the Japanese embassy in Seoul on Monday (3/21/2011) to express his condolences to the victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami that devastated the neighboring country on March 11. "I don't know how to express my condolences," Kim told Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Masatoshi Muto (Photo : Yonhap)

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in World News

 

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak stresses government's responsible role in 'risk society'

South Korean President President Lee Myung-bak

SEOUL, March 21 (KATAKAMI.COM) — South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Monday that Japan’s nuclear crisis, albeit caused by a natural disaster that was beyond human control, showed risks posed by the science and technology that was developed for convenience and effectiveness, Yonhap News Agency reported on Monday.
 

“This reality is referred to as a ‘risk society,'” Lee said in his biweekly radio address. “We now have advanced science and technology. Still, a failure to pay due attention to every single nut and bolt could cause a large-scale accident, wreaking serious havoc on the social system.”

He said the tragedy in Japan, which is struggling to contain high-level radiation leaks from nuclear reactors crippled by a powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami, served as a wake-up call to South Korea.

Lee affirmed that his administration will continue making efforts to ensure the safety of the people.

“I am keenly aware, indeed, that the basic obligation of the state is to overcome danger and maintain public safety,” he said. “The government will faithfully keep the promise that the safety of the people has the highest priority.”

He reiterated that South Korea is immune to the radiation released from Japan’s reactors, citing the opinion that the radioactive elements cannot be carried off by the wind to the peninsula.

“Please do not be swayed by unfounded rumors or unscientific speculations about a nuclear fallout,” Lee said.

He also said South Korea has little chance of suffering a Japanese-style nuclear crisis, as all of its 21 nuclear reactors were constructed with consideration of the biggest possible earthquake that could occur here.

But the government has already started a comprehensive safety check on all of the plants, he added.

Lee said South Koreans can learn many lessons from how the Japanese people and the media have reacted to the ongoing tragedy.

“In the extreme conditions threatening their survival, the Japanese people shared water and food with each other. In order to prevent further damage from radiation leaks, some people dashed to the dangerous scenes risking their own lives,” he said. “The international press praised the discipline, considerateness and devotion that the Japanese citizens demonstrated, saying that it represented the evolution of the human spirit.”

Lee also said he was very proud of a wave of condolences and donations by South Koreans for the neighbor in trouble.

“Through this tragedy, I believe that the two nations will become much closer to each other,” he said. “It is my earnest hope that the Japanese people will acquire the needed strength to quickly overcome their current calamities.”   (*)

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2011 in World News

 

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Photostream : South Korean President Lee Myung-bak pays tribute to Japanese earthquake victims

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (front) pays respect to Japanese earthquake victims during his visit to the Japanese Embassy in Seoul on March 18. (Yonhap)

South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (L) expresses to Japanese Ambassador to Seoul Masatoshi Muto deep condolences for Japanese earthquake victims during his visit to the Japanese embassy in Seoul on March 18. (Yonhap)

Seen here is a condolence message that South Korean President Lee Myung-bak left during his visit to the Japanese embassy in Seoul on March 18 to pay respects to Japanese earthquake victims. It reads, "We, Korean people, offer deep condolences for victims. We are confident Japan will recover at an early time, and we, as the nearest neighbor, will be with you. March 18, 2011 Lee Myung-bak." (Yonhap)

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in World News

 

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South Korean actor Bae Yong Joon donates $888,000 for Japan quake relief

S. Korea actor Bae Yong Joon donates $888,000 for Japan quake relief

SOUTH KOREA, March 14, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) —South Korean actor Bae Yong Joon has donated 1 billion won (about $888,000) to the Japanese government’s fund for earthquake relief, Yonhap News Agency reported Monday, citing his agency.

As reported by Kyodo News Agency on Monday, Bae, 38, who starred in the hit TV drama ”Winter Sonata,” is immensely popular in Japan, particularly among women.

In a message posted on his Japanese website, Bae that he was saddened by the news of the huge damage and that he would find ways to support Japan’s relief efforts.

Also Monday, Kim Hyun Joong, a member of the popular South Korean boy band SS501, donated 100 million won for earthquake relief efforts in Japan.

Bae and Kim are represented by South Korea’s celebrity management firm Keyeast.  (*)
 
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Posted by on March 14, 2011 in World News

 

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