Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
February 2005 South Korea Special Weapons News
- KOREA NUCLEAR TALKS VOA 26 Feb 2005 -- The United States, Japan and South Korea have urged North Korea to return to six-nation talks on its nuclear weapons program. Washington and its top Asian allies also want China to do more to lure Pyongyang back to the negotiating table.
- SOKOR/ROH SPEECH VOA 25 Feb 2005 -- South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun downplayed announcements by Pyongyang about its nuclear weapons in his annual policy speech and pledged to hold a steady course in relations with North Korea.
- S. Korea-U.S. Joint Anti-Sub Exercise Staged KCNA 24 Feb 2005 -- U.S. and south Korean warmongers staged a joint anti-submarine exercise in the East Sea of Korea from February 12 to 18, according to south Korean KBS.
- S KOREA JAPAN ISLANDS VOA 24 Feb 2005 -- As Japan and South Korea seek closer cooperation on the North Korean nuclear issue, a longstanding territorial dispute is flaring up and causing friction between Tokyo and Seoul.
- NORTH KOREA/TALKS VOA 22 Feb 2005 -- North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, has said Pyongyang may yet return to multilateral talks on nuclear disarmament. South Korean officials welcome the comments, which come less than two weeks after its Stalinist neighbor said it would not attend talks.
- S. Korean Military Authorities Hit for Escalating Tensions KCNA 21 Feb 2005 -- Minju Joson Sunday in a signed commentary denounces the south Korean military authorities for continuously infiltrating battleships into the waters of the north side in the West Sea of Korea to deliberately escalate tensions.
- NOKOR NUCLEAR VOA 16 Feb 2005 -- As North Korea celebrated Kim Jong Il's birthday, South Korea and its neighbors continued diplomacy to restart multi-lateral nuclear talks that Pyongyang has abandoned.
- NOKOR/MISSILES VOA 15 Feb 2005 -- South Korea and Japan continue to develop their responses to North Korea's decision to pull out of nuclear disarmament talks. Seoul wants high-level military talks with Pyongyang, while Japan is taking steps to ensure it is able to defend itself against a possible missile attack.
- US/KOREA/NUCLEAR VOA 14 Feb 2005 -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon Monday urged North Korea to return to the Chinese-sponsored six-party talks on its nuclear program. But U.S. officials said there should be no incentives offered to lure Pyongyang back to the bargaining table, after it said last week it possessed nuclear weapons.
- NORTH KOREA / NEXT STEPS VOA 11 Feb 2005 -- Asian leaders are pondering their next move after North Korea's announcement Thursday it would indefinitely suspend multilateral talks on its nuclear weapons program. The focus remains firmly on peaceful means to resolve the dispute.
- S. Korean Military Urged to Have Proper Stand toward North KCNA 11 Feb 2005 -- The decision made by the Defence Ministry of south Korea to use the expression of the "most kernel enemy" meaning the north internally within the south Korean army or the phraseology of "substantial military threat" in documents for overseas distribution is, in essence, another conception of the "principal enemy" which antagonizes against their fellow countrymen in the north.
- NORTH KOREA NUCLEAR TALKS VOA 10 Feb 2005 -- North Korea says it will not return to multilateral talks on ending its nuclear ambitions and has repeated its earlier assertions that it has already manufactured nuclear weapons. South Korean, Japanese and U.S. officials are pushing Pyongyang to resume talks.
- SOUTH KOREAN AIR FORCE CHIEF FLIES T-50 TRAINER Lockheed Martin 09 Feb 2005 -- General Lee Han-ho, Chief of Staff of the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF), flew the T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer recently.
- S. Korean Military Warned against Touch-and-Go Situation in West Sea KCNA 08 Feb 2005 -- We warn the south Korean military authorities against acting rashly, mindful that if they persist in their reckless military provocations, it will cause unpredictable consequences.
- SOUTH KOREA / DEFENSE POLICY VOA 04 Feb 2005 -- For the first time in a decade, South Korea says it no longer considers North Korea its "main enemy" but says its neighbor still poses a military threat. The paper also says the United States has pledged massive military support to defend South Korea against an attack.
- Plan for Tactical Exercise of S. Korean Army in Bitter Cold Announceds KCNA 03 Feb 2005 -- The "Metropolitan Garrison Command" of the south Korean army announced that its units' tactical exercise in the depth of winter would be launched near Mt. Kwanak in Seoul on Jan. 31 under the simulated conditions of repelling the infiltration of some forces, according to KBS of south Korea.
- KOREAS / BUSH SPEECH VOA 03 Feb 2005 -- South Korea is reacting positively to President Bush's State of the Union Address, calling it a good step toward restarting talks on dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs. South Koreans are noticing what was not said, as much as what was said.
- NOKOR TALKS VOA 02 Feb 2005 -- When President Bush gives his annual "State of the Union" address on Wednesday, authorities in both North and South Korea will be listening closely for any signs of a new attitude toward Korean security issues.
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