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1991 South Korea Special Weapons News

  • NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS Voice of America November 26 -- Despite growing condemnation, Communist North Korea seems intent on building nuclear weapons. Meeting recently with South Korean President Roh Tae Woo in Seoul, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker called North Korea's weapons program "the greatest threat to regional security."
  • US Support for South Korean Policy Statement by Department Deputy Spokesman Richard Boucher, Washington, DC, November 8, 1991 -- We strongly welcome and support Republic of Korea President Roh Tae Woo's declaration of his government's policy regarding nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons. We believe it is a comprehensive and bold initiative which makes a significant contribution to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
  • President Roh Tae Woo's Declaration of Non-Nuclear Korean Peninsula Peace Initiatives (November 8, 1991) North Korea shows no sign of giving up its efforts to build nuclear weapons, while reneging on its professed duties as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty. The Republic of Korea will use nuclear energy solely for peaceful purposes, and will not manufacture, possess, store, deploy or use nuclear weapons.
  • CONGRESS URGED TO SUPPORT KOREA JET PROGRAM By Amy Debra Feldman USIA 08/01/91 -- The United States will be involved with a program to sell, co-assemble, and license the production of 120 F-16 C/D jet fighter planes with the Republic of Korea unless both the House and the Senate pass joint resolutions by August 8 disapproving of the agreement.
  • SCHOLAR: KOREAN REUNIFICATION WOULD BE SIMILAR TO GERMANY By Amy Debra Feldman USIA 07/17/91 -- Although the process of reunification of North Korea and the Republic of Korea would be similar to the reunification of East and West Germany, reunifying Korea may be more complicated, Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said in a USIA telepress conference with Taegu.
  • REPUBLIC OF KOREA TO CO-PRODUCE 120 U.S. JET FIGHTERS Text: Defense Department release of July 8) -- The Republic of Korea has asked to buy and co-produce 120 U.S. F-16 jet fighters, the Pentagon announced July 8. The DoD release said Congress has been officially notified of the arrangement. It would become official in 30 days unless Congress objects. The deal would be worth 3,810 million dollars.
  • TOP KOREAN OFFICIAL SEES REUNIFICATION BY THE YEAR 2000 By Jim Shevis USIA 07/03/91 -- National Security Advisor Kim Chong Whi says the process will be costly, painful, and slow.
  • TOP KOREAN OFFICIAL SEES REUNIFICATION BY THE YEAR 2000 By Jim Shevis USIA 07/02/91 -- A senior official of the Republic of Korea says he thinks reunification of the Korean peninsula will occur "certainly before the turn of the century."
  • DIXON WOULD CONDITION ROK F-16 ON RECEIPT OF MOU (07/01/91 Text: Congressional Record remarks) -- Senator Alan Dixon (Democrat of Illinois) has introduced a bill to condition funding for co-production of the F-16 aircraft with the Republic of Korea on receipt by Congress of the relevant memorandum of understanding (MOU) and to extend the 30-day congressional review period until the MOU is received.
  • LEE SANG OCK: KOREAN PENINSULA NOT YET FREE OF COLD WAR By Robert F. Holden USIA 05/02/91 -- The new world order that resulted from recent events in Eastern Europe and the end of the Cold War in the West has not yet found its way to Korea, according to Lee Sang Ock, foreign minister of the Republic of Korea (ROK).
  • D'AMATO CRITICIZES SALE OF JET TECHNOLOGY TO KOREA (04/11/91 Text: Senator D'Amato in CR) -- Senator Alfonse D'Amato (Republican of New York) says the jet fighter deal between General Dynamics and the Republic of Korea means that "for a few billion dollars in short-term profit shared by a tiny few, we will have widened the field of nations capable of producing sophisticated aircraft.
  • SOUTH KOREA PLANS TO SEEK U.N. MEMBERSHIP By Tuyet Nguyen USIA 04/07/91 -- South Korea says it intends to seek U.N. membership before the General Assembly opens its 46th annual session in mid-September.

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