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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Korean journalist to speak to foreign relations council about North Korea

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Yoo Young-Ku, a Korean newspaper editor, will speak to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council Tuesday, Feb. 2. His presentation, "North Korea 1999," begins at noon in the Fellowship Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open to the public.

Yoo, the assistant North Korean affairs editor for the "Jong-Ang Ilbo" newspaper in Seoul, is considered the most prominent North Korean affairs specialist in South Korea. He writes about Korea's unification issues and acts as the North Korean affairs team leader for his newspaper. Yoo also serves as a visiting lecturer at Kyungnam University's Graduate School of North Korean Studies and as a research fellow at Hanyang University's Asia-Pacific Research Center.

Yoo is in the United States as a participant in the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program.

Taste of China will cater the lunch, and the cost is $6 for members and $7.50 for non-members. There is no charge for those who bring their own lunches. Checks can be written to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. For more information, call ICFRC Executive Director Tom Baldridge at 335-0351. They are unable to take reservations by phone but last minute adjustments may be made.

For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM (910) will carry this program Wednesday, Feb. 3, following the noon news.

The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is part of International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

1/27/99