Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
May 2005 South Korea Special Weapons News
- South Korea Says North's Economy Is Growing, But Analysts Say Serious Problems Remain VOA 31 May 2005 -- South Korea's central bank says North Korea's economy grew for a sixth consecutive year in 2004. However, the North is still struggling with serious food shortages and income inequalities as it tries to implement economic reforms.
- Roh And Bush To Meet in June To Discuss Differences with Pyongyang VOA 25 May 2005 -- South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is to visit President Bush at the White House next month. The two are expected to discuss the stalled talks over North Korea's nuclear-weapons program - but another topic will likely be the growing uneasiness between Washington and Seoul.
- South Korean University Offers Rare Comprehensive Approach to Unification Issues VOA 24 May 2005 -- Since the end of fighting on the Korean peninsula in 1953, North and South Korea have gone in dramatically different directions. The North Korean leadership has presided over a failed economy, while the South has become one of the world's economic success stories. What will happen if the two countries are ever reunited? A graduate school in Seoul is one of the few places in South Korea where the subject of unification is discussed.
- South Korea Begins Shipping Aid to North VOA 21 May 2005 -- South Korea has begun a humanitarian shipment of tens-of-thousands of tons of fertilizer to North Korea. However, the North is receiving less than it would have, if it had promised to return to multinational nuclear arms talks.
- Inter-Korean Working-level Talks Close KCNA 20 May 2005 -- The working-level talks between the north and south authorities, which opened in Kaesong on May 16, closed today.
- Koreas Conclude Talks Agreeing to Meet Again VOA 20 May 2005 -- South and North Korea have wrapped up bilateral talks agreeing to meet again. Meanwhile, some Asian leaders are welcoming news of a low-level meeting between delegates of North Korea and the United States.
- Inter-Korean Talks End Without Agreement VOA 19 May 2005 -- North and South Korea wound up their first meeting in 10 months with a promise to meet again in June. But Pyongyang did not agree to Seoul's request that it return to nuclear disarmament talks.
- Two Koreas Extend Economic Talks, With No Progress on Nuclear Standoff VOA 18 May 2005 -- North and South Korea have extended their talks an extra day, as Seoul continues pressing its neighbor to return to nuclear disarmament talks. South Korean authorities have indicated they are unlikely to agree to the North's requests for aid unless there is progress on the nuclear issue.
- No Sign Of Progress On Inter-Korean Talks VOA 17 May 2005 -- South Korean officials are not reporting progress in the second and final day of their talks with North Korea on issues including the North's nuclear-weapons program.
- North, South Korea Meet for First Time in Nearly a Year VOA News 16 May 2005 -- North and South Korea have resumed high-level talks Monday for the first time in 10 months.
- Sikorsky S-92 Wins Korean Presidential Competition Sikorsky 06 May 2005 -- Sikorsky Aircraft announced today that the Republic of Korea has chosen the S-92 helicopter for its presidential mission. Sikorsky will deliver three S-92 helicopters in a VIP configuration beginning in 2007.
- South Korean Foreign Minister: Talks Prospects 'Not Bright' VOA 04 May 2005 -- South Korea's foreign minister has sounded a note of urgency about stalled talks on North Korea's nuclear disarmament. While speculation percolates that North Korea may conduct a nuclear test, Seoul says it is preparing for "all possibilities."
- South Korea-US Alliance in Difficult Transition VOA 02 May 2005 -- The alliance between South Korea and the United States is undergoing a major, and sometimes uncomfortable, shift to meet changing global realities. Fundamental differences of perspective exist about the threat posed by North Korea, and South Korea's regional role.
- Japan, South Korea Not Worried By Reported North Korean Missile Test VOA 02 May 2005 -- Japan and South Korea are downplaying the seriousness of a reported missile launch on Sunday by North Korea.
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