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N.Korea rejects evidence over sinking of S. Korean ship

In Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 at 1:13 pm

 North Korea has flatly rejected evidence showing it torpedoed a South Korean warship with the loss of 46 lives, saying it does not even own a midget submarine allegedly used for the March attack.

The North’s powerful National Defence Commission (NDC), chaired by leader Kim Jong-Il, held a rare press conference on Friday and denied Pyongyang’s involvement, according to official North Korean media.

Major General Pak Rim Su, director of the policy department of the NDC, said the North does not have a 130-tonne “Yeono (salmon)-class” submarine, which the South says torpedoed its 1,200-ton corvette, the Cheonan, in the Yellow Sea.

“We don’t have anything like a 130-tonne Yeono-class submersible,” Pak was quoted by Pyongyang’s Chungang TV as telling reporters.

Salvaged South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, which sank on March 26 near the maritime border with North Korea, is displayed in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on May 19.

A multinational investigation led by Seoul concluded earlier this month that the March 26 sinking was caused by a torpedo attack from the North.

South Korean investigators said a Yeono class midget submarine had intruded into South Korean waters via international waters.

But Pak said: “It does not make any sense militarily that a 130-tonne submersible carrying a heavy 1.7-tonne torpedo travelled through the open sea into the South, sank the ship and returned home.”

But South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted South Korean officials as saying the North’s submarine fleet includes around 10 Yeono class submarines.

Pak also rebutted Seoul’s allegation that salvaged fragments of the torpedo matched design specifications that appeared on brochures the North allegedly sent to an unidentified potential buyer of North Korean torpedoes.

“Who in the world would hand over torpedo designs while selling torpedoes?” he said.

But Yonhap quoted an unidentified senior government official as saying that the South got hold of brochures sent by a North Korean state-run trading company to a potential weapons buyer that contain design specifications of three types of torpedoes.

Senior Colonel Ri Son Gwon dismissed as a “fabrication” a serial number hand-written on a torpedo fragment reading “1 bun” or number one.

South Korea said the serial number handwritten in Korean was strong evidence of Pyongyang’s involvement in the sinking.

“When we put serial numbers on weapons, we engrave them with machines,” Ri said. “We use ‘bun’ only for football or basketball players,” he said.

But South Korean investigators said the North also uses “bun” for numbering things to be assembled, attributing the information to defectors from North Korea.

Pak said the Seoul-led multinational team was not in a position to conduct an objective probe and attacked Seoul for rejecting Pyongyang’s demand to allow its own experts to investigate the cause of the sinking

Source: SGGP

Vietnam beat S. Korea in Asian U19 qualifiers, hope for finals

In Uncategorized on November 9, 2009 at 4:56 am

Vietnam stunned Republic of Korea 1-0 on Nov. 6 in Thailand’s Bangkok in the qualifying round of the Asian U19 football championship 2010, pining high hopes on a berth in the final round.
Minh Tuan’s late goal in the match brought to Vietnam’s U19 team a surprising defeat of Asian powerhouse Republic of Korea.

Playing against the strongest team of group E, Vietnam had to focus on defending and rely on counter-attacks. Tuan finally put Vietnam ahead with a free kick a few minutes before the final whistle. The remaining time was too short for the Korean side to change the score.

Vietnam’s U19 team celebrate their 1-0 win over U19 Korea in an Asian championship qualifier in Thailand’s Bangkok on Nov. 6 (Photo: Vietnam Football Federation)

The victory paved the way for Vietnam to next year’s final round. The top two teams of each group will qualify for the finals.

Vietnam will play two more games against hosts Thailand on Nov. 8 and Macau three days later. The hosts will play Korea also on Nov. 11, and this is a hard game for the Thais because Korea, after their defeat to Vietnam, want to win their rest two games.

The other teams in group E are Bangladesh and Laos.

Also on Nov. 6, Thailand defeated Bangladesh 3-0, while Laos stumbled 3-4 to Macau.

After the Nov. 6 matchday, Thailand ranked first in the group with nine points after three games. Vietnam, also with nine points, were second due to goal difference. Republic of Korea ranked third with six points, followed by Macau (three points). Both Bangladesh and Laos got zero points.

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VN, S Korea outline study on environmental projects

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2008 at 5:07 pm

HA NOI — Viet Nam and South Korea jointly released yesterday the results of their 14-month project ‘Comprehensive Research on Environment Protection’, conducted in 23 big cities and provinces of Viet Nam.

The project aimed to outline environmental management models for each zone, as well as priority projects on environment co-operation between the two countries, said Dr Moon Huyn Joo of Korea Environment Institute.


The project was based on an agreement between Viet Nam’s Natural Resources and Environment Ministry and South Korea’s Environment Ministry.

In the agreement, South Korea pledged to help Viet Nam improve the capability of its environmental officials and transfer technologies to deal with pollution in the country. The agreement also called for Korean investment in these technologies, said Nguyen Xuan Bao Tam, the deputy head of the International Co-operation Department.

The research, conducted by both Vietnamese and Korean experts, should determine suitable co-operative projects for each locality, said Dr Dang Van Loi of the Environment General Department.

For example, in the northern region, projects proposed include technological application to construct waste-water treatment facilities on Ha Noi’s To Lich River, environmental management of craft villages in Bac Ninh Province, and ways of dealing with boat oil waste in Hai Phong City..

In the central region, the project prioritised co-operation on the management of air pollution in Da Nang City, an eco-industrial zone in Quang Ngai Province, and a waste treatment system in Thua Thien-Hue Province’s Tam Giang District, said Choi Gwang Rim of Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Active partner

According to experts from the South Korea Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Korea’s experience in protecting the environment and treating pollution will be useful for Viet Nam.

They said that South Korea aimed to become an active partner of Viet Nam in environmental protection.

The joint information network on technology and environment of Viet Nam and South Korea, available on two web sites, started operating yesterday.

Information on Korean technology will be available in Vietnamese on web site

Viet Nam, S Korea to share maritime oil-spill expertise

In Uncategorized on December 9, 2008 at 4:45 pm

HA NOI — Viet Nam and South Korea will boost co-operation in controlling marine environment pollution, especially in preventing oil spills, according to a memorandum signed yesterday.

Under the document, the two countries will exchange information and experiences on responding to marine pollution caused by oil spills, improving the response system, and building a legal framework for the marine environment.

The deputy director of the General Department of Sea and Islands, Chu Hoi, said Viet Nam wanted to work with South Korea as Viet Nam needed more experiences in managing the sector.

Established in March 2008, the general department comes under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

Yesterday’s memorandum was signed between the other deputy director of the General Department of Sea and Islands, Nguyen Van Cu, and director of the South Korea’s Marine Pollution Response Division Lee Wan Sub. —

S Korea to share agricultural science, technology with VN

In Uncategorized on August 22, 2008 at 3:57 pm

HA NOI — South Korea will share advanced agricultural science and technology with Viet Nam.

Chairman of South Korea’s Special Committee for Agriculture, Fishery and Rural Areas, Lee Sang-mu, said this during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Sinh Hung in Ha Noi yesterday.

Lee said his country also planned to build a research institute for agriculture and factories to produce agricultural machinery, fertilisers and cattle feed. It would also set up a pilot model for rural areas in Viet Nam.

He said that Viet Nam, which had huge potential for economic development, had emerged as the world’s second largest exporter of rice and coffee.

Hung said Viet Nam placed top priority on agriculture, rural areas and farmers and had adopted policies to build a modern agricultural system and improve living conditions for farmers.

He said that despite high inflation, Viet Nam had so far this year absorbed more than US$40 billion in foreign investment, doubling the 2007 figure.

Regarding bilateral relations, the deputy PM said Viet Nam and South Korea had a comprehensive and dynamic co-operation. He noted that South Korea had topped the list of foreign investors in Viet Nam in the past three years.

Lee expressed sympathy for the loss of human life and property in the recent floods and presented the country with a rescue boat. — VNA/