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Minister Yu Asks American Envoy to Allow US Soldiers to Visit Hongdae, Shinchon Areas
Minister Yu In-Chon (right) of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism poses with US Ambassador Kathleen Stephens at his office in Seoul on Dec. 15, 2008.

Minister Yu In-Chon of the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism met with US Ambassador to Seoul Kathleen Stephens at his office in downtown Seoul on Dec. 15, 2008.

During about 40-minute meeting the two personalities discussed a wide range of topics on culture and arts. They spoke in Korean language. Amb. Stephens is a fluent speaker of Korean language and is the first top US envoy who is able to do so.

At the start of their talks Minister Yu congratulated the top US envoy on her Seoul posting. The top US envoy started serving as the US ambassador to Seoul on Sept. 8, 2008.

Amb. Stephens asked Minister Yu for South Korean government's efforts for cooperating in relocation of the US Embassy in Seoul.

She was also thankful to the minister for the South Korean government's efforts for the protection of US copy rights in the South Korean market.

Minister Yu expressed his wish that South Korea be taken off the priority watch list for violating intellectual property rights.

He also requested that US State Department remove Hongdae and Shincho areas from the danger zone for its soldiers in the US State Department website.

Hong and Shinchon areas, entertainment spots with lots of bars and night clubs, have been off limits to US soldiers for many years now since the American servicemen created problems including a street-fighting with the locals.




 

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