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October 2005 South Korea Special Weapons News
- South Korea Opens Permanent Office in Communist North VOA 27 Oct 2005 -- For the first time, South Korea is opening a permanent government office in communist North Korea.
- South Korea Hints at More Distant Relationship with Japan VOA 26 Oct 2005 -- One day before leaving on a visit to Japan, South Korea's foreign minister has suggested his country may scale back its ties with Tokyo.
- Leaders Meet on Future of U.S.-South Korea Alliance AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- U.S. and South Korean defense leaders today revalidated the alliance that's helped keep peace on the Korean peninsula for more than 50 years and explored ways to improve it to better meet changing world circumstances.
- Rumsfeld Explains Evolving U.S.-Korean Military Relationship AFPS 21 Oct 2005 -- Just as the entire U.S. military and its basing strategies are undergoing change, so too is the half-century-old relationship between U.S. and Republic of Korean forces that protects the Korean peninsula, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today told troops serving here.
- Korea-U.S. Security Meeting Joint Communique Announced 21 Oct 2005 -- Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Yoon Kwang Ung issued a joint communiqué today following the 37th Republic of Korea - U.S. Security Consultative Meeting (SCM).
- The 37th Security Consultative Meeting Joint Communiqué 21 Oct 2005 -- "The 37th Republic of Korea-United States Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) was held in Seoul on October 21, 2005. ROK Minister of National Defense Yoon Kwang Ung and U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld led their respective delegations, which included senior defense and foreign affairs officials."[PDF]
- US, South Korea Agree to Faster Talks on Command Issue VOA 21 Oct 2005 -- The United States and South Korea agreed on Friday to accelerate talks on allowing South Korea to control its own forces during any future war.
- Rumsfeld Arrives in Korea for Security Talks AFPS 20 Oct 2005 -- Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today to take part in consultative talks aimed at assessing the U.S.-South Korean military alliance, South Korea's increasing defense capabilities, and the allies' capability to deter aggression from North Korea.
- Seoul Urges North Korea to Give Details of Its Nuclear Programs VOA 20 Oct 2005 -- South Korea says the North Korean government must disclose the full extent of its nuclear weapons programs before the next round of talks about its nuclear disarmament takes places.
- T-50 MAKES ITS DEBUT AT THE KOREA AEROSPACE & DEFENSE EXHIBITION 2005 Lockheed Martin 18 Oct 2005 -- The T-50 Golden Eagle advanced jet trainer made its aerial debut and showcased its versatility today at the Korea Aerospace & Defense Exhibition, also known as the Seoul Air Show. The aircraft was developed and is being marketed worldwide by Korea Aerospace Industries (KAI) with the assistance of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT].
- F404 Fighter Engines Expand Capability and Presence on T-50 Aircraft GE Aviation 17 Oct 2005 -- GE's F404-GE-102 has successfully completed all propulsion qualification for the single-engine T-50 advanced jet trainer/light fighter during its flight test program, paving the way for introduction of the T-50 at the Korean Aerospace and Defense Exhibition this week.
- F110-GE-129 Fighter Engines Take to the Skies Powering the F-15K GE Aviation 17 Oct 2005 -- GE's F110 engine is powering Boeing's newest fighter aircraft, the F-15K, which makes its public debut at the Korean Aerospace and Defense Exhibition this week.
- U.S. Ambition for War Disclosed KCNA 17 Oct 2005 -- Kwon Yong Gil, lawmaker from the south Korean Democratic Workers' Party, on October 10 reportedly disclosed the fact that the United States and the south Korean authorities agreed to revise and supplement the "OPLAN 5027".
- South Korea Seeks to Assume Wartime Control Of Its Military From US VOA 12 Oct 2005 -- South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun is seeking talks with the United States on assuming command of South Korean forces from the United States in the event of war with North Korea
- Arms Buildup in S. Korea KCNA 11 Oct 2005 -- The south Korean army introduced two "F-15Ks" from the U.S. on Oct. 7, according to south Korean MBC.
- 8 Suspected North Koreans Seek Asylum in S. Korean School in China VOA 11 Oct 2005 -- South Korean diplomats have taken custody of eight people believed to be North Koreans who entered a South Korean school in eastern China.
- South Korean Government Considers Returning Former Spies to North Korea VOA 06 Oct 2005 -- South Korea's government is mulling a controversial move to return several North Koreans it once captured as spies to their communist homeland
- South Korea Calls for Action to Ensure Success of Nuclear Talks with North VOA 05 Oct 2005 -- South Korea says it hopes all parties to the six-nation talks on North Korea's nuclear program will take active steps to ensure the success of the next round of negotiations.
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