Some #Korean news

S Korea ‘regrets’ North’s response to talks

Seoul – South Korea voiced regret on Thursday at North Korea’s decision to spurn an offer of formal talks on removing goods from a joint industrial complex closed by military tensions.

You know, it’s a kinda goofy thing to regret someone else’s actions.  It’s like seeing a bully beat up a kid than YOU regret his actions.  Makes no sense.

Spotlight falls on S. Korea’s gender divide

SEOUL – A South Korean presidential spokesman who was fired after inappropriately touching a woman during a U.S. trip blames a “cultural difference” with America. Other South Koreans say the fault for such incidents lies with a society that lets powerful men get away with harassment.

Yeah, it’s still very much male-dominated here.  That is changing but it will be quite a while before it’s more common place to have gender equality here, more so than other countries and mainly because of 5000 years of history that has to be fought against.  See here for an idea of resistant to change, despite being exposed to the whole world.

Kim Jong-un’s secret daughter: North Korea leader claimed to have fathered love child

It must be hard when you have your hand on the nuclear trigger to keep track of everything.

Today it was claimed North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un fathered a baby girl in 2010 with an unknown woman, two years before his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child.

Oh this should go over quite well in about 17 years or so….

Gay South Korean Film Director Marrying Boyfriend, Breaking Taboos

South Korean filmmaker Kim Jho Gwang-soo announced plans to marry his partner of nine years on Wednesday, a largely symbolic gesture since gay marriage is illegal in South Korea.

This guy has guts.  Good on him!

And what news brief would be complete without a little bit of humour at least eh?

Rodman Rips Obama Over Lack Of Communication With North Korea

Dennis Rodman revealed last month that he is planning another trip to North Korea in hopes of getting through to Kim Jon Un. Now, the former Celebrity Apprentice contestant is ripping into President Obama for his lack of communication with North Korea’s leader!

I find it interesting that for the most part, politics has completely failed in trying to resolve world issues(I mean, how many times do I have to read the phrase “The UN has tightened sanction to stop nuclear parts from getting into North Korea”. Seriously, you guys didn’t know this the FIRST time you started this ‘tightening’??).  Now businesses are stepping up and trying to do so themselves.  This became obvious when Google went to visit North Korea (if you missed that posting the first time, you have to see the cartoon there!  Priceless) and Rodman’s first trip(soon to be a second one).

Stop with the hype already…geeze….#North Korea ain’t going to do squat

The term Sheeple is insanely accurate when it comes to those who listen to the news.  It is absolutely ludicrous for anyone to be afraid of a war actually happening.  Do you know why?  Let me tell you:

First, and this should be a rather LARGE clue.  Not a single embassy has issued a travel advisory.

From the Canadian Embassy Site:

SOUTH KOREA – Exercise normal security precautions

There is no nationwide advisory in effect for South Korea. Exercise normal security precautions. (emphasis mine)

Unlike their warning for North Korea.

NORTH KOREA – AVOID ALL TRAVEL

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada advises against all travel to North Korea (officially named the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) due to the uncertain security situation caused by North Korea’s nuclear weapons development program and highly repressive regime.

There is no resident Canadian government office in the country. The ability of Canadian officials to provide consular assistance is extremely limited.

Do you SEE the difference?

Here’s the US Embassy in Seoul.

A Security Message for U.S. Citizens

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that despite current political tensions with North Korea there is no specific information to suggest there are imminent threats to U.S. citizens or facilities in the Republic of Korea (ROK). (emphasis mine)

The US Embassy on North Korea:

Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of

March 14, 2013

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens about travel to North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK).(Actually, they go into rather LARGE depth in their warning.)

So stop your belly-aching and whining and fear-mongering about North Korea.  The news is NOT your friend in this (or any other really) matter.  They are there for one reason and ONE reason only….to make money but oh, they got you sooooo good.  There are people who are listening to some fear because of fancy words put into the media, fueled even further by paranoid families that they have decided to quit their English teaching jobs here and go home.  They don’t put a single, solitary REAL thought into the possibility of it actually happening.  They only listen to the media (yay for profits!) and give up to their fears.

Have a nice flight home you people.  Those who don’t bother to look into things for themselves.  Those who let others make decisions for them.  Those who have no spine.

War does NOT make a ruler popular.  The Kim dynasty has a history of making threats after leadership change.  This is all ‘sabre-rattling’.  It is a ‘war of words’.  It is all talk.  If you think the vast majority is poor now, how do you think they could possibly handle any-type of prolonged fighting?  Hell, even China is getting pissed at them, and China is their only real friend (not counting the Iran connections…).

Nothing is going to happen.

If it does, you have my explicit permission to say “I told you so.”  Till then, Grow a pair!

#North Korea’s public relations man….

North Korea’s public relations man is a Spaniard with a tough job

Meet Alejandro Cao de Benós, the only non-Korean employee of North Korea’s foreign ministry. The Spaniard is taking the PR message of North Korea’s greatness across Europe.

(From The Christian Science Monitor)

NK PR Guy

The representative from North Korea’s Foreign Ministry describes a country devoid of hunger, poverty, and political repression. Every citizen receives their housing, salary, and plentiful sacks of rice directly from the government, he says, pointing to photos of smiling children and sharply-dressed adults – ice skating, on smartphones, and enjoying rides at amusement parks as proof of prosperity.

In North Korea people wouldn’t ever want to leave the country, he says, even if they could.

I particularly like the “even if they could” part!  I wonder how much of a hypocrite he knows he is.  Given the fact that anyone leaving their town will be killed and any family members that are left behind are killed as well to make examples of such acts.

Before serving as spokesperson to North Korea he worked as an IT consultant in Pamplona and in the US.

Oh how I want to make an obvious connection between North Korea’s cyber-warfare tactics and this guys expertise but without knowing more details of what he did with such a broad term of employment, it’s purely a guess that he has helped North Korea (well, at least parts of it) come into the technical world.