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Today in Korean history

All Headlines 14:00 February 09, 2017

Feb. 10

1951 -- Over 700 villagers are gunned down by Army soldiers in Geochang, South Gyeongsang Province, who mistakenly suspected them of collaborating with North Korean guerrillas.

1992 -- South Korea and Ukraine establish diplomatic relations.

1995 -- Seoul National University professor Hwang Woo-suk becomes the first South Korean to successfully clone a calf by transplanting a nucleus.

2005 -- North Korea vows not to attend future six-way talks on its nuclear arms program unless the United States drops its "hostile" policy toward the communist country.

2008 -- A fire destroys Seoul's Namdaemun, a historic gate located in the heart of the capital. The landmark, officially called Sungnyemun, or "gate of exalted ceremonies," was the southern gate of an ancient wall that surrounded Seoul during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). A 70-year-old man was later found guilty of setting the fire and destroying South Korea's No. 1 national treasure.

2012 -- President Lee Myung-bak's senior political affairs secretary offers to resign amid allegations he played a key role in outgoing National Assembly Speaker Park Hee-tae's suspected bribery of fellow lawmakers before Park was elected the ruling party leader nearly four years ago.

2016 -- South Korea decides to shut down the Kaesong Industrial Complex in North Korea in response to the North's nuclear test and long-range rocket launch.
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