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The Korean daily media headlines and humor

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Your Excellency:

Here are The Korea Post notices, a roundup of important headlines from all major Korean-language dailies, TV and other news media this morning:

Lee Kyung-sik

Publisher-Chairman

Korea Post Media

P.S.: 1. To see the desired site, press down the Control key and click the blue URL of the media.

2. If received by a person other than the intended recipient, please kindly convey the mail to His/Her Excellency.

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The Korea Post notices:

The following news have been Katalked to the ambassadors who are Katalk friends of me (Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post)--before they were reported by any English-language media in Korea or elsewhere in the world. My mobile phone number is 010-5201-1740 for the Excellencies wishing to be my Katalk friends. Some of the news may have not yet been reported by any English media even as of this very moment.

North Korea simply not ready for a war at this moment

To intimidate South Korea and support its delegates at the Panmunjom negotiation table, the North Korean regime has doubled its artillery strength along the DMZ and ordered 50 submarines (almost 100% of its total strength) to go under the water--whereas they disappeared from their docks in North Korea.

However, it appears that North Korea is just bluffing, and in fact is not ready to cause a war against the South at this time. Dong-A Ilbo reported at 3am this morning quoting one of its undercover North Korean sources.

This is because North Korea has all the personnel and equipment of its elite military units including advanced equipment such as latest weapons and missiles, all in the vicinity of Pyongyang. At present, the North Korean regime is using them all for the preparation of the October-10 parade to mark the 70th anniversary of founding of the Workers Party of (North) Korea (WPK). Chairman Kim Jong-il of the Military Affairs Commission of WPK has told his top military generals to mobilize 30,000 military personnel for the parade to make it much larger than the Chinese parade. The Chinese parade is known to be using less than 20,000 persons.

South and North to meet to defuse inter-Korean tensions

The Republic of Korea (ROK), or South Korea, and North Korea have agreed to have a very high-level official meeting at the House of Peace in Panmujonm at 6 p.m. this afternoon (August 22) to discuss ways to defuse the tensest situation on the Korean peninsula, this was disclosed by Cheong Wa Dae today.

From the ROK side will attend Chief Presidential Secretary Kim Kwang-jin and from the North will come Secretary Kim Yang-kun of the Workers Party of (North) Korea who is in charge of South Korea operations. Also attending the meeting are Minister Hong Yong-pyo of National Unification of the ROK and from the North and the North Korean side will come Director Hwang Byung-su of the General Political Affairs Bureau of the Party.

North Korea interested in dialogue with ROK to stop loudspeaker broadcasting

Secretary Kim Yang-gon of the Workers Party of (North) Korea sent a message to Chief Presidential Secretary Kim Kwan-jin at Cheong Wa Dae at 4:50 p.m. yesterday (Aug. 20) which said In order to address and find a way out of the present situation and improve inter-Korean relations, we have an intention to make efforts. Secretary Kim is in charge of all South Korea operations in North Korea, is rated to be superior to Chief of Staff of the (North) Korean Peoples Army. In the message, Kim said, Your loudspeaker broadcasting to our side is tantamount to a declaration of war on our country and we will take a military action if your side does not stop the broad casting within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, there are no reports of any military reaction from North Korea to South Koreas firing of 36 rounds of large-caliber guns to the suspected North Korean batteries that were suspected to have fired artillery shells on a hill near Yeoncheon south of the DMZ at 3:50 p.m. and about an hour later again several more rounds at a target inside the DMZ south of the Central Demarcation Line.

In spite of the North Korean warning (intimidation) against the South Korean loud-speaker broadcasting to North Korea, it appears that North Korea is interested in a peaceful dialogue with the South to persuade the South to stop the broadcasting. It is believed that the South Korean broadcasting really hurts the North Korean side, especially Chairman Kim Jong-il of the Military Affairs Commission of the Workers Party of (North Korea).

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Use the 2015 Namyangju Slow Life Festival to introduce your delicious food

Namyangju City, on the eastern outskirts of Seoul, hosts the 2015 Namyangju Slow Life Planet International Festival on  October 8-17, 2015 in a 10-day run, which is an extended Festival from the successful Namyangju Slow Food Fair which the City  hosted in 2013. The Korea Post, a principal supporter, covers the Festival with all its five media units in the following three months and throughout the 10-day period. Related URLs are as follows:

http://www.slowlifeplanet.org/english/Introduction of Festival/Invitation Message

/news/view.html?section=161&category=181&no=1017

/news/view.html?smode=&skey=food&x=15&y=11&section=162&category=182&no=985

As a prominent event of the Festival, the Organizing Committee has a special exhibition program of the food materials (durable ones) and cooking utensils of the different countries, including the following:

1. Rice, wheat and corn from different countries

2. Representative bread of all the countries of the world, including Northern India, Pakistan, Middle East Countries, Germany, Israel, North America, Europe, Italy, Turkey, Scotland, North America and Europe.`

3. Spices and condiments from different countries (such as Coriander of Vietnam, Lemon grass of Thailand, Basil of Italy, Saffron of India and Spain, Turmeric of India, Oregano of the Mediterranean countries, Allspice, bay leaves, Tarragon, Thyme, Close and Star anise).

4. Tableware (such as spoons, bowls, dishes, plates, tablecloth, aprons)

5. Cooking utensils such as cutting boards, knives, cooking pots, pans, cheese-grinder, pasta-making tools)

6. High-resolution photo images of the above for showing at the event site and publication by the five media units of The Korea Post for the three consecutive months.

7. Videos introducing the culture and tourism-related aspects of each country

For participation and further details, please call 010-3388-1682 (Korean), 010-3481-01101 (English) or 5201-1740 (Chairman Lee). Regular phones are: 2298-1740/2, 1745/6. Fax 2298-9506.

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KBS (http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/news/)

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Int'l Community Responds to Raised Tensions on Korean Peninsula

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50 N. Korean submarines away from base

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