Wireless Threat

White House, State not pressing South Korea to avoid using suspect Chinese telecom gear

Obama administration security officials say President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are not strongly opposing a South Korean plan to use Chinese telecommunications gear in an advanced wireless network, thus increasing concerns of cyber spying espionage against U.S. military forces in the country.

Company Paid Workers’ Idle Time, Failed to Ramp Up Production

Received millions in taxpayer dollars
Obama greets LG Chem workers / AP

The LG Chem plant in Holland, Mich., which used received $150 million in federal funds to produce lithium ion batteries and paid workers to watch movies, play video games, and volunteer at local nonprofits, also failed to ramp up production at its South Korea plant after demand for the batteries did not meet expectations.

Under North Korea’s Gun

Almost two years after bombardment, islanders defiant
Photo by Andrew Salmon

YEONPYEONG ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA—He’s 83, but Kim Yoo-sung does not sleep well. “People here can’t sleep right,” he said. “People wake up in the middle of the night in fear.”