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Amb.Asadov of Uzbekistan hosts luncheon on ‘Uzbek New Year’s Day’
Unmistakable signs show good prospect of emulating his predecessor
By Lee Kyung-sik
Ambassador BotirjonAsadov of Uzbekistan hosted a luncheon at the newly relocated Embassy office of the country in Hannam-dong in Seoul on the occasion of the ‘Uzbek New Year’s Day’ on March 14, 2016.
Called ‘Navruz’ (Spring) in Uzbek language, the Uzbek New Year is known to have been celebrated for at least 2,500 years, and perhaps for as long as 5,000 years according to some records.
Clockwise, from left, clockwise, Chairman Kim Yong gu of Shin Dong Resources Co., Ltd, Deputy Chief of Mission Bakhtiyor Ibragimov of the Uzbek Embassy, Professor Ko Jae-nam of the European & African Studies at Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Chairman Chung Tae-ik of Korean Council on Foreign Relations, Ambassador Botirjon Asadov of Uzbekistan, Professor Junn Dae-wan of Keimyung University, Secretary Ms. Tatyana Usarova of the Uzbek Embassy and Publisher-Chairman of The Korea Post (publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean media).
The tasty traditional Uzbek luncheon was hosted obviously also to introduce the newly relocated embassy building of Uzbekistan in Seoul near the Sunchuhyang Hospital, which was a relatively new, clean five-story building. It had an incomparably larger list of advantages compared with the old one south of the Han River, especially the much shorter distance from the heart of Seoul. Furthermore, the embassy used the entire five-story building while the previous one (the Diplomatic Center) was used with other occupants.
The first thing that came into the view of the visitors at the new Uzbek Embassy building was the large picture of President Ilsam Karimov of Uzbekistan and that of President Park Geun-hye and about a dozen smaller ones introducing the increasingly close ties of cooperation and friendship between Korea and
Attending the luncheon that day were Chairman Kim Yong gu of Shin Dong Resources and former Korean ambassadors to Uzbekistan such as Professor Ko Jae-nam of European & African Studies of Korea National Diplomatic Academy, Chairman Chung Tae-ik of Korean Council on Foreign Relations and Professor Junn Dae-wan of Keimyung University. There also were Deputy Chief of Mission Bakhtiyor Ibragimov of Uzbekistan, Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post and Secretary Ms. Tatyana Usarova of the Uzbek Embassy who spoke impeccable Korean.
New office building of the Uzbek Embassy in Hannam-dong, Seoul
‘Uzbek New Year’? Not many Koreans know this. Ambassador Asadov briefly introduced the Uzbek New Year which was not very widely known in Korea.
Called ‘Navruz,’ it is long associated with the ancient Zoroastrian religion, its name means "new day" in Farsi because for ancient Persians it marked the first day of the New Year. Today, Navruz is celebrated each year on March 21, when the sun enters the sign of Aries on the astrological calendar.
President Karimov of Uzbekistan is considered among many Koreans as one of the most ‘pro-South Korean Presidents in the world,’ perhaps next only to President Barack Obama of the United States as is known among many Koreas?in view of the frequency of the exchange of visits by the Heads of State of the two countries. And this also true in the case of Uzbekistan, especially from the personal interest and friendship of President Karimov of Uzbekistan with Korea. One of the former Korean ambassadors in Tashkent at the luncheon almost spontaneously agreed, “You know when we attend state banquets in Tashkent, President Karimov has the Korean ambassador closest to him.”
In the case of Uzbek ambassadors in Seoul, it appears that they have personal interest in the promotion of relations and friendship between the two countries. Former Uzbek Ambassador Vitali Fen in Korea literally worked beyond the call of duty in the promotion of bilateral ties and commanded a great extent of respect and personal affection from the Korean officials and business leaders. The way Ambassador Asadov so enthusiastically introduced the current status and prospect of economic cooperation between the two countries based on an astonishing remarkable memory,he gave the impression that former Ambassador Fen now had a tough competitor.
A quick roundup of major news stories from Korean media:
Kim Jong-un Vows More Nuclear, ICBM Tests
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S. Korean Minister: Japan Lacks Sincerity in Implementing Sex Slavery Deal
S. Korean Minister: Japan Lacks Sincerity in Implementing Sex Slavery Deal
Ruling Party Announces Primary Results for 17 Constituencies
S. Korean Envoy to UN Warns of N. Korea's Nuclear Capabilities
Tongyeong Oyster Tasting Event to be Held at White House
KOSPI, KOSDAQ Edge Up on Monday
Gov't Aims to Make Incheon Int'l Airport Within Top 5 of Int'l Passenger Traffic
Defense Ministry Doubtful of N. Korea’s Nuke Miniaturization Capability
N. Korean Scientist Threatens over Hydrogen Bomb
N. Korea Declares Inter-Korean Economic Agreements Null and Void
UN Special Rapporteur Urges Probe on Kim Jong-un
Obama Calls for Strict Implementation of N. Korea Sanctions
China, Japan Agree to Enforce N. Korea Sanctions
N. Korea to soon conduct nuke warhead, ballistic missile tests
North Korea said Tuesday that it plans to conduct tests of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles "in a short time," in its latest show of defiance in the wake of tougher U.N. sanctions.
Cards' Oh strikes out Twins' Park in all-Korean showdown
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Obama calls for effective implementation of N. Korea sanctions
U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that effective enforcement of sanctions on North Korea is one of the key tasks facing the country, along with fighting terrorism and ensuring Iran meets its nuclear commitments.
U.S. Treasury Department official to visit China for discussions on N.K. sanctions
A senior U.S. Treasury Department official will visit China and Hong Kong this week to discuss ways to implement sanctions on North Korea, the department said Monday.
Tax office launches probe on S. Korea's largest church
South Korea's tax office has launched a tax probe on the country's largest church, sources said Monday.
The Korea Herald (http://www.koreaherald.com)
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Losing its senses
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The Korea Times (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr)
Lee Se-dol looks to score 2nd win against AlphaGo with aggressive, creative moves
Lee Se-dol will be able to exploit artificial intelligence (AI) AlphaGo’s weaknesses with creative and unexpected moves in the final of the five-game match, today, according to analysts.
N. Korea to soon conduct nuke warhead, ballistic missile tests
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Why Koreans not welcomed in the Philippines?
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32% Koreans don't want to live next door to immigrant workers
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Korean men, struggling to survive, grow misogynic
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Hanjin chairman says flying is easier than driving
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Hyundai, Kia to enter Iranian car market in the second quarter
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Japan bans reentry of Chongryon leadership after N. Korea visit
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Son Heung-min picked as wild card for Olympic soccer team
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Cheapest Galaxy S7 priced at 0 ? 0 in Korea
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Korea mulls quota for screening domestic art films
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Samsung Electronics to launch phone upgrade scheme
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'China will not sit idle,' says foreign minister Wang Yi
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Big Conglomerate Jobs Dwindle for 1st Time in 15 Years
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Incheon Airport to Get Capsule Hotel
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Real Wages Rise Faster Than GDP
The increase in real wages has outpaced the country's economic growth for the first time in three years. Real wages are adjusted for inflation based on purchasing power. According to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, the average real wage in companies with at least five workers stood at W3 million last year. >> Full Text
Samsung Ranked World's 3rd Most Valuable Brand
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Lee Se-dol scores first victory by attacking AlphaGo’s weakness
Go experts have been impressed with Lee’s strategy in a challenging man versus machine battle
Professionals players of the board game called Go who watched the first four matches between 9-dan grandmaster Lee Se-dol and computer software AlphaGo were delighted by Lee’s counterattack.“Lee was crushed during the first three matches with AlphaGo because he had judged the program solely based on its games against 2-dan player Fan Hui five months ago,” said Kim Man-soo, an 8-dan player. “But then Lee’s fiery determination earned him a victory. In and of itself, that‘s impressive.”The fact is that the deck was stacked against Lee in his showdown with AlphaGo.
With a wide grin, Lee Se-dol speaks on his “priceless” victory
After his victory on Mar. 13 over AlphaGo, a software program that plays the board game called Go, 9-dan grandmaster Lee Se-dol’s face broke into a broad smile. “I want to win while playing black,” Lee said, underlining his resolve for the fifth game in the series. He seems to have gotten his mojo back.Lee faced a crisis during the game on Sunday. As the territory controlled by AlphaGo‘s black stones expanded in the upper center area of the board, it was clear that Lee was under increasing pressure.
US Ambassador to S. Korea: denuclearization is “top priority”
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The Korea Economic Daily (http://english.hankyung.com/)
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AJU Business Daily(http://eng.ajunews.com/korea)
South Korea vows to lead international sanctions against North
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U.S. remains committed to diplomatic solution to North Korean nuclear problem:
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