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John Bolton inks $2M book deal: Report

“Particularly critical of Trump’s approach to dealing with North Korea, Bolton said, “Every day that goes by makes North Korea a more dangerous country “ reports washingtonexaminer.com. Former national security adviser John Bolton has reportedly inked a $2 million book deal with Simon & Schuster.Bolton was appointed to the position of national security adviser in April 2018 but scrimmaged with the president over foreign policy issues in the ensuing months.”I am not part of whatever drug deal Sondland and Mulvaney are cooking up,” Former National Security Council official Fiona Hill…

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UN Claims Hong Kong Blockchain Firm Is North Korean Laundering Sham

“The United Nations Security Council’s Sanctions Committee on North Korea has accused the country of using a Hong Kong-based blockchain firm as a front to launder money” writes Marie Huillet for cointelegraph.com. As South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported on Nov. 6, the committee conducted an investigation into the various strategies allegedly employed by the North to evade sanctions using cryptocurrencies and other means. Source: cointelegraph.com

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Beer exports from Japan to South Korea have fallen 99.9% as their bitter, personal trade war rages on

“Beer exports from Japan to South Korea fell 99.9% year-on-year in September, the Japanese government said Wednesday, as the two countries’ trade war rages on with no end in sight” writes Alexandra Ma for businessinsider.com. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters The history of South Koreans’ mistrust of Japan means the trade war has also taken a very personal turn. Source: businessinsider.com

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Japan, South Korea to study fund to ease wartime forced labor issue: Kyodo

“South Korea in June proposed a joint fund with Japan to compensate South Koreans forced to work by Japanese companies during the war, but Japan rejected the idea out of hand at that time” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. TOKYO (Reuters) – The South Korean and Japanese governments are studying plans for a joint economic program involving companies from both countries which aims to ease strains over the issue of forced Korean labor in World War Two, Kyodo news reported on Monday. Source: 95kqds.com

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Asia Pacific shares mixed as growth in South Korea continues to slow

“Asia Pacific shares were mixed in the morning, as latest figures showed that South Korea’s economy continued to slow” writes Weizhen Tan for cnbc.com. South Korea’s economy has been slowing this year, hit by the U.S.-China trade war.South Korea’s economy slowed in the third quarter, growing at 0.4%, according to preliminary estimates by its central bank.Its shares jumped 2.57% in the afternoon. Source: cnbc.com

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South Korea urges public to stop using liquid e-cigarettes

“SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korea’s health minister said on Wednesday he “strongly advised” the public to stop using liquid e-cigarettes amid a global backlash against vaping over growing health concerns” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. The warning comes after the latest move in countries around the world pulling electronic cigarettes from markets as vaping faces increased scrutiny. Source: 95kqds.com

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Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo pulled a TV ad in South Korea after viewers complained it mocked World War II sex slavery amid the 2 nations’ escalating trade war

“The incident takes place in the context of a growing trade war between South Korea and Japan” writes Sahar Esfandiari for businessinsider.com. It was the reference to “80 years ago” which sparked controversy from South Koreans who felt the comment mocked victims of the wartime sex slave. Source: businessinsider.com

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North Korea says U.S., South Korea must present new solutions for conflict

“North Korea has conducted missile tests in recent months, including that of a submarine-launched ballistic missile, and broke off the latest working-level nuclear talks with the U.S. in early October” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. This month North Korea issued a veiled threat about ending the freeze in long-range missile testing amid continued economic sanctions and pressure aimed at pushing it to give up its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. Source: 95kqds.com

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South Korea Is Hoping for Regulatory Clarity as Crypto Laws Toughen

“However, some South Korean exchanges have managed to take advantage of this complex situation” writes Stephen O’neal for cointelegraph.com. When Bitcoin’s price famously soared from $5,000 to $20,000, it briefly traded for as much as $25,000 on local exchanges.South Korean regulators seems to strongly favor blockchain over cryptocurrencies, and some recent events have further proven this hypothesis.At the time, local exchanges processed over 14% of global Bitcoin trades, being the third-largest market after the U.S. and Japan.Then, in late 2017, the South Korean market found itself at the epicenter of…

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