Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
November 2010 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- S. Korea's Anti-DPRK "Human Rights" Campaign KCNA 30 Nov 2010 -- Some days ago the south Korean authorities co-sponsored at the UN together with foreign forces a "resolution on the human rights issue in the north".
- KCNA on Northern Limit Line KCNA 30 Nov 2010 -- The South Koreans to "preserve" the "northern limit line" can never come true, says Rodong Sinmun.
- Minju Joson on US-S. Korea Exercises KCNA 30 Nov 2010 -- Maneuvers kicked off by the U.S. and South Korean forces in the West Sea of Korea on Nov. 28.
- Rodong Sinmun on US-S. Korea Exercises KCNA 30 Nov 2010 -- The U.S. and the South Korean authorities in waters of the West Sea of Korea.
- South Korea has no plans to overthrow North - S. Korean diplomat RIA Novosti 30 Nov 2010 -- South Korea does not have plans to overthrow the North Korean government.
- Yeonpyeong Island Residents Fear Another N. Korean Strike VOA 30 Nov 2010 -- Days after a North Korean artillery barrage killed four people on Yeonpyeong island, only a few residents remain.
- South Korea Announces, Then Cancels New Military Drill VOA 29 Nov 2010 -- South Korea's military has postponed a live fire exercise planned for Tuesday on an island shelled by North Korea last week.
- US-S. Korea Wholly to Blame for Escalated Tension KCNA 29 Nov 2010 -- The US and the south Korean authorities are disturbing peace and security on the Korean Peninsula.
- US-S. Korean Combined Naval Maneuvers KCNA 29 Nov 2010 -- The south Koreans kicked off large-scale combined naval maneuvers together with the United States in waters of the West Sea.
- George Washington Strike Group Begins Exercise with Republic of Korea Navy NewsStand 28 Nov 2010 -- The George Washington Carrier Strike Group (GWCSG) entered the waters west of the Korean peninsula to participate in a combined military exercise with the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Nov. 28.
- US, South Korea deploy navy at Yellow Sea, China calls for talks IRNA 28 Nov 2010 -- Joint U.S.-South Korean naval exercises began at the Yellow Sea on Sunday as North Korea prepared surface-to-surface missiles on launchpads and China called for emergency meeting.
- S. Korea, U.S. start naval drills near N. Korean border RIA Novosti 28 Nov 2010 -- South Korea and the United States began on Sunday large-scale joint naval exercises in the Yellow Sea just days after North Korea's artillery attack on a S. Korean island that killed four people, the Yonhap news agency said.
- South Korea Gives Cool Response to China's Call for Emergency Talks VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- Diplomatic efforts are underway in Asia to defuse tension on the Korean peninsula. But South Korea is effectively rejecting China's call to quickly convene multi-national talks to discuss North Korea. This comes as the United States and South Korea begin four days of naval drills seen as a show of strength to dissuade Pyongyang after last Tuesday's attack on Yeonpyeong island.
- US Senators Affirm US Ties with South Korea VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- U.S. senators of both political parties are resolutely reaffirming America's historic ties with South Korea, amid heightened tensions between North and South Korea.
- China To Work With South To Ease 'Worrisome' Korea Standoff RFE/RL 28 Nov 2010 -- China, the main ally of communist North Korea, says it has agreed with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to work together to ease the serious confrontation between the North and South.
- China Calls for Urgent Talks to Ease Korean Tensions VOA 28 Nov 2010 -- North Korea's neighbor and close ally, China, has called for an emergency meeting of envoys to North Korean disarmament talks to defuse tensions on the tense Korean Peninsular.
- Exercises in Korea Long-planned, Sharp Says AFPS 27 Nov 2010 -- Movements of troops in South Korea and ships in the Yellow Sea are part of long-planned exercises and shouldn’t be seen as a response to North Korea’s Nov. 23 attack on Yeonpyeong Island, the commander of United Nations Command said today.
- US, South Korea Begin Military Exercises VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- The United States and South Korea have begun four days of joint military exercises in the waters off the Korean coast, in an effort to deter North Korea from launching further attacks across its border with the South.
- Heightened Diplomacy Before US-South Korean War Exercises VOA 27 Nov 2010 -- The United States and South Korea are continuing to prepare for military exercises in the Yellow Sea, despite warnings from North Korea. Chinese diplomats are trying to ease tensions in the region after North Korea shelled a South Korean island.
- As Tension Rises, South Korea Mourns Two Marines Killed In North Korean Attack RFE/RL 27 Nov 2010 -- South Korea has held funerals for the two Marines killed by the North's shelling of an island this week.
- Russian, Chinese foreign ministers discuss Korean conflict RIA Novosti 27 Nov 2010 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi discussed on Saturday the tense situation on the Korean Peninsula and the necessity of not allowing it to escalate, according to a Russian ministry statement.
- Inter-Korean dialogue crucial for resolving human rights concerns, says UN expert UN News Centre 26 Nov 2010 -- An independent United Nations human rights expert today stressed the need for a quick resumption of dialogue between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to resolve issues such as the reunion of separated families and the situation of asylum-seekers.
- China criticizes upcoming U.S.-S.Korean naval drills RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2010 -- China strongly opposes any foreign states' military maneuvers in its exclusive economic zone, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said citing the upcoming U.S.-South Korean naval drills in the Yellow Sea.
- Presidential aide named South Korea's new defense minister RIA Novosti 26 Nov 2010 -- The South Korean President has appointed his security aide Lee Hee Won as defense minister, Yonhap reported on Friday.
- South Korea Names New Defense Minister after North Korean Artillery Attack VOA 26 Nov 2010 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has named a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff as his new defense minister.
- China says joint US-South Korea exercises in Yellow Sea, provocative IRNA 25 Nov 2010 -- China on Thursday expressed concern about joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises in the Yellow Sea, while North Korea threatened further attacks on the South if there were more 'provocations.'
- S. Korea To Boost Military Power Off Coast RFE/RL 25 Nov 2010 -- South Korea has pledged to massively step up defenses on an island that came under deadly attack from Communist North Korea as tensions between the two neighbors threaten to reach breaking point.
- South Korean defense minister resigns over North's artillery attack RIA Novosti 25 Nov 2010 -- South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-young resigned after the handling of the deadly North Korean artillery attack, Yonhap news agency said on Thursday.
- South Korea Plans to Beef Up Security Along Maritime Border VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, held emergency meetings with top security and economic officials to determine a response to North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island. The government vows to increase security to protect its border areas.
- South Korean Defense Minister Resigns in Wake of Attack VOA 25 Nov 2010 -- South Korea's defense minister has resigned his post in response to criticism of his handling of a deadly North Korean artillery strike on a South Korean island.
- Statement Released by Spokesman of DPRK Foreign Ministry KCNA 24 Nov 2010 -- A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry Wednesday issued the following statement: "As already reported by the Supreme Command of the KPA, the revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK on Nov. 23 took a decisive self-defensive measure to cope with the enemy's reckless military provocation of firing shells inside the territorial waters of the DPRK side around Yonphyong Islet in the West Sea of Korea. (...)"
- Four Dead in N. Korean Attack, U.S. Carrier Group Deploys AFPS 24 Nov 2010 -- South Korean officials announced that two of the four dead in the unprovoked attack by North Korea yesterday were civilians.
- U.S. aircraft carrier to take part in joint drills with S. Korea RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- A U.S. naval task force led by the George Washington nuclear-powered aircraft carrier will join South Korean warships in naval exercises on November 28 - December 1, Yonhap news agency said Wednesday.
- South Koreans Uncertain on Response to North Korea's Attack on Yeonpyeong Island VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- Condemnations of North Korea's bombardment of a South Korean island have come in from around the world. But many South Koreans have mixed feelings over how their government should respond to the incident.
- Japan, S. Korea to strengthen ties following North's attack RIA Novosti 24 Nov 2010 -- Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak agreed on Wednesday to strengthen cooperation in the wake of a military skirmish between the two Koreas, Kyodo news agency said.
- U.S. Seeking Diplomatic Solution To Korean Clash RFE/RL 24 Nov 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama has told his South Korean counterpart that the United States stands "shoulder to shoulder" with it following the North's shelling of a South Korean island with the loss of four lives.
- US Calls North Korean Artillery Strike Armistice Violation VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- The United States said Wednesday North Korea's lethal artillery strike on a South Korean island was premeditated and a violation of the 1953 Korean War armistice. But U.S. officials do not believe Pyongyang is preparing for an extended military campaign.
- US, S. Korea Reply to Pyongyang Attack with New Military Exercises VOA 24 Nov 2010 -- After an exchange of artillery fire between the two Koreas, Seoul and Washington have announced a new joint military drill. South Korea also warns North Korea that any further aggression will bring enormous retaliation. The bodies of two men were found Wednesday on Yeonpyeong island, bringing the death toll to four from Tuesday's attack.
- KPA Supreme Command Issues Communique KCNA 23 Nov 2010 -- The Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army Tuesday released the following communique:
- Obama Meets with Top Advisers on Korea Situation VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama met Tuesday with his top advisers about the situation on the Korean peninsula, in the wake of North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island. Obama is expected to telephone South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to reiterate U.S. support for South Korea.
- Gates Condemns Attack on South Korea AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today condemned the attack by North Korea on the small South Korean island of Yeonpyeong, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell.
- US Promises 'Measured, Unified' Response to North Korean Attack VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- The United States on Tuesday called North Korea's artillery attack on a South Korean island earlier in the day "outrageous," but said there will be no precipitous response. U.S. envoy for North Korea Stephen Bosworth is returning to Washington from Beijing after consultations with South Korean, Japanese and Chinese officials.
- South Korea vows 'enormous retaliation' against North's attack RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak on Tuesday ordered to punish North Korea's shelling of one of the South's border islands "through action," in a bid to prevent further provocation.
- South Korea has 'no plans' to redeploy U.S. tactical nuclear missiles RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- South Korea will not seek the return of U.S. tactical nuclear missiles over fears that the move could scupper international efforts to persuade North Korea to halt its nuclear program, South Korean deputy defense minister Chang Kwang-il said on Tuesday.
- North Korea attack may be response to drills - Seoul RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- North Korea’s artillery attack on a South Korean island earlier on Tuesday may have been triggered by military exercises being held in the area, a spokesman for the South Korean presidential administration said.
- Pentagon Monitors Korean Situation With Concern AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- The Defense Department affirmed its alliance with South Korea and is closely monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula in the wake of today’s North Korean artillery attack on South Korea.
- White House Condemns North Korean Attack AFPS 23 Nov 2010 -- The White House condemned today’s North Korean artillery attack against the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.
- Taiwan concerned about incident on Korean Peninsula CNA 23 Nov 2010 -- Taiwan is concerned about the situation on the Korean Peninsula after North and South Korean troops exchanged fire across the border earlier Tuesday.
- North, South Korea fire artillery shells across western sea borders IRNA 23 Nov 2010 -- North Korea on Tuesday fired scores of rockets at South Korea’s big Yeonpyeong island, setting houses on fire and killing two Marines. South Korea returned fire, military officials said.
- North Korea Artillery Hits South Korean Island RFE/RL 23 Nov 2010 -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says he is trying to prevent a broader conflict breaking out following North Korea's artillery barrage on a populated island along the two states' disputed maritime border.
- World condemns North Korea's attack on South RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- World powers condemned North Korea's deadly attack on a South Korean island on Tuesday, whilst Pyongyang said it had been responding to Seoul's aggression.
- Condemning latest attack, UN chief urges calm on Korean peninsula UN News Centre 23 Nov 2010 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for restraint after today’s artillery attack by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Yeongpyeong Island, located near its coastline in the Yellow Sea and belonging to the Republic of Korea (ROK).
- Pentagon: No Plan for Military Response to North Korean Attack VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- A Pentagon spokesman said the U.S. military is not working on any specific response to North Korea's attack on a South Korean island Tuesday, but is consulting with South Korea's military about steps that could ease tensions rather than increase them. U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was to speak to his South Korean counterpart to discuss the situation.
- N. Korea Shells South Korean Island, Killing Troops VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- In the one of the most serious flare ups since the Korean War of the early 1950s, North and South Korea have exchanged artillery fire. At least two South Korean marines were killed and several others, and some civilians, were injured after North Korea shelled a small South Korean island.
- Concern in Asia After North Korean Attack VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- Asian nations have called for calm after North Korea fired artillery shells on a South Korean island, causing the death of at least two marines and military retaliation from Seoul. Regional political analysts say the attack could be a strategic move by Pyongyang or possibly a sign of internal political wrangling.
- North Korea launches attack on South Korean island RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- North Korea opened artillery fire at a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing one soldier and provoking a retaliatory attack from the South, Seoul's YTN television reported.
- North, South Korea exchange artillery fire RIA Novosti 23 Nov 2010 -- North Korea launched artillery fire at a South Korean island on Tuesday, injuring four soldiers and provoking a retaliatory attack from the South, Seoul's YTN television reported.
- North Korea Artillery Hits Homes on South Korean Island VOA 23 Nov 2010 -- South Korean officials say North Korea has fired dozens of artillery shells at a populated island near the two nations' border in the Yellow Sea.
- S. Korea Could Seek Deployment of US Tactical Nuclear Weapons VOA 22 Nov 2010 -- South Korea's defense minister says his country may consider having U.S. tactical nuclear weapons deployed on its soil for the first time in 19 years.
- South Korea Formally Declares End to Sunshine Policy VOA 18 Nov 2010 -- The South Korean Unification Ministry's annual report calls the Sunshine Policy of peaceful engagement with North Korea a failure.
- DPRK Sends Notice to S. Korea for Talks of Resuming Tour KCNA 18 Nov 2010 -- DPRK sent a notice to South Korea urging it again to hold the working talks discussing the issue of resuming the tour.
- Remarks of S. Korean Chief Executive KCNA 17 Nov 2010 -- ROK chief executive: Resumption of the six-party talks will be possible only when the north shows by action its will to abandon its nuclear program.
- KCNA on US Scenario for Invading DPRK KCNA 16 Nov 2010 -- A spokesman for the U.S. Defense Department declared recently that U.S.-south Korea joint military maneuvers would be staged.
- KCNA on ROK Spying Case KCNA 16 Nov 2010 -- South Korea announced that a former member of the Committee for National Reunification conducted espionage acts at various directives from the north.
- DPRK Statement on Cheonan Distributed KCNA 15 Nov 2010 -- The first installment of the statement issued by the inspection group of the DPRK National Defence Commission to disclose the truth behind the case was distributed as an official document of the UN Security Council.
- KCNA on US-S. Korea FTA Renegotiations KCNA 15 Nov 2010 -- The south Korea-U.S. renegotiations for settling problems concerning FTA had been under way since Nov. 4.
- Implementation of Inter-Korean Joint Declarations Called for KCNA 14 Nov 2010 -- The June 15 joint declaration and the October 4 declaration are landmarks of national reunification.
- S. Korea Urged to Stand for Improved Inter-Korean Relations KCNA 13 Nov 2010 -- Now all Koreans at home and abroad unanimously desire detente on the Korean Peninsula and the improved north-south relations.
- S. Korean Warlike Forces Accused of Recklessly Escalating Confrontation KCNA 08 Nov 2010 -- Shortly ago, the south Korean authorities formally joined the U.S.-created PSI experts steering group. Earlier, the puppet Ministry of Defense, hinting at the active participation in the missile defense system, announced that it would confer with the U.S. on the "intelligence sharing and use of means" concerning the MD to cope with "threats of nukes and WMDs" from someone.
- Reunion of Separated Families from North and South Closes KCNA 05 Nov 2010 -- The reunion of separated families and relatives from the north and the south of Korea that began at Mt. Kumgang Resort in the DPRK came to a close.
- Reunion of Separated Families from North and South Continues KCNA 03 Nov 2010 -- The reunion of separated families and relatives from the north and the south is going on at Mt. Kumgang resort.
- "Cheonan" Case Termed Most Hideous Conspiratorial Farce in History KCNA 02 Nov 2010 -- The inspection group of the National Defence Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea Tuesday released the following first installment of a statement disclosing the truth behind the "Cheonan case":
- Reunion of Separated Families from North and South Continues KCNA 01 Nov 2010 -- The reunion of separated families and relatives from the north and the south continued at the resort in Mt. Kumgang, a famous mountain of the Korean nation.
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