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Cablegate: Country Clearance for Das Feigenbaum

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FM AMEMBASSY SEOUL
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 1629
INFO RUEHBS/AMEMBASSY BRUSSELS 1590
RUEHKO/AMEMBASSY TOKYO 1740

UNCLAS SEOUL 004130

SIPDIS

SENSITIVE
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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: AMGT OTRA KS
SUBJECT: COUNTRY CLEARANCE FOR DAS FEIGENBAUM

REF: STATE 193452

1. (U) Embassy Seoul welcomes and grants country clearance
to DAS Evan Feigenbaum for December 9-12, 2006 official visit
to Seoul.

CONTACT INFORMATION
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2. (U) Control officer for the visit is Political Officer
Andrew Bennett.

Office telephone: (82)(2) 397-4372
Embassy operator: (82)(2) 397-4114 then press "0"
Cell phone: (82)(10) 6480-4372
Home phone: (82)(2) 794-3193
Fax number: (82)(2) 733-4791
Unclassified email: BennettAO@state.gov

SIPDIS
SIPRTNet email: BennettAO@state.sgov.gov

LODGING
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3. (U) A reservation has been confirmed for DAS Feigenbaum
at the Grand Hyatt hotel (Tel. No. 82-2-797-1234, Fax No.
82-2-798-6953) from December 9-12, 2006 within the currently
authorized per diem rate. The hotel address is 747-7 Hannam
2-dong, Yongsan-ku, Seoul. Confirmation number is 64573591.

TRAVELERS NOTE
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4. (U) All official travelers must possess a Korean visa to
enter the country. Travelers may contact the nearest Korean
consulate/embassy to obtain a visa.

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5. (U) An airport tax of KRW27,000 (approximately USD27) is
usually included in the cost of the ticket. Upon departure,
diplomatic passport holders may claim reimbursement at the
tax refund center located near the duty-free shops beyond the
security check area.

TRANSPORTATION
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6. (U) Per Embassy policy, we cannot meet official visitors
on arrival unless they hold the rank of Ambassador, Deputy
Assistant Secretary, and above. Transportation from Incheon
International Airport into the heart of the city is readily
available by taxi. An airport/hotel shuttle (KAL limousine)
also runs every 30 minutes during the day to first class
hotels downtown for KRW13,000 (approximately USD13).
Availability may be limited, however, late in the evening.

CELL PHONES
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7. (U) Please be advised that not all cell phones work in
Korea. Travelers must first check with their service
provider. Blackberrys are also unusable in Korea.

THREAT ADVISORY
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8. (U) Americans in Seoul are subject to worldwide threat
from international terrorists, although we have no
information to suggest any specific terrorists threats
directed at Americans here. Political demonstrations occur
frequently in Seoul, and are occasionally anti-American.
Americans can minimize personal risk by staying away from
demonstrations and by avoiding confrontation or altercations
with protesters. While relatively infrequent by U.S.
standards, street crime does occur. Most reported crimes
involve pickpocketing in tourist areas and are predominantly
non-violent in nature. The security precautions a person
would take in any large city are appropriate throughout South
Korea. Police are considered capable and well trained.
Seoul metropolitan authorities staff English-speaking
personnel 24 hours daily to handle local emergencies.
Telephone numbers are as follows: 112 police emergency, 119
fire & ambulance.

9. (SBU) One must assume that hotel rooms, telephones,
cellular phones, and fax machines may be monitored. As a
precautionary measure, visitors are advised NOT to discuss
sensitive or classified information in uncontrolled areas.
Computers, to include laptops and PDAs, are NOT allowed in
the Embassy except with prior clearance/permission from the
RSO office.

OTHER INFO
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10. (U) For comprehensive information on South and North
Korean politics and economies, please reference the Embassy's
new classified website at http://www.state.sgov.gov.
VERSHBOW

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