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Tensions between North, South Korea play out in Cambodian restaurant wars

Dec. 28: South Korean
protesters burn a placard showing the defaced portraits of North Korean
leader Kim Jong-il (L) and his youngest son and successor-in-waiting
Kim Jong-un (R) during an anti-North Korea rally in Seoul on December
28, 2010.

Photograph by: JUNG YEON-JE, AFP/Getty Images

Here’s advice for anyone hankering for Korean food in the Cambodian
capital Phnom Penh or the tourist mecca of Siem Reap. Sit close to the
door and with your back to the wall.
Cambodia has several
Korean restaurants, most operated by South Koreans. But in Siem Reap
there are two operated by North Korea and there’s another in Phnom
Penh.
Trouble started when South Korean restaurateurs condemned
last year’s attacks by the North on one of the South’s warships and on
its Yeonpyeong Island.
In retaliation, South Korean restaurant
owners report their premises have been attacked by people “who appeared
to be North Korean agents.”
Seoul’s embassy in Phnom Penh has recommended to South Korean tourist agencies that they avoid the North’s eateries.
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