Boycott North Korean restaurants abroad, Seoul urges citizens

(From AP)

South Koreans’ stomachs are the latest front in the standoff with North Korea.

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They have been told not to eat at North Korea’s restaurants around the world, although such visits are not illegal, the South’s Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

Most of the restaurants are in China, and Chinese and other nationalities frequent them more than South Koreans do, so analysts see little impact.

But the move is symbolic of a tougher stance from the South since North Korea’s nuclear test last month and its recent rocket launch, which many outsiders see as a banned test of ballistic missile technology.

Restaurants such as Beijing’s Okryukwan, known for its cold buckwheat noodles and grilled marinated beef, have been popular among some South Korean leisure and business travelers. Read More



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