Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
December 2010 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- KCNA on S. Korea Policy towards DPRK KCNA 31 Dec 2010 -- The south Korean Ministry of Unification is contemplating replacing the existing "exchange and cooperation" by "proper preparations for unification".
- KCNA on S. Korea's Anti-DPRK Moves KCNA 31 Dec 2010 -- The anti-DPRK moves of the south Korea are the worst treachery against the nation.
- South Korea Again Describes North Korea as 'Enemy' VOA 30 Dec 2010 -- North Korea is again the "enemy" of South Korea, a designation that has not been used for six years.
- Demolition of Concrete Wall Dividing Korea into Two Parts Urged KCNA 30 Dec 2010 -- The concrete wall partitioning the Korean Peninsula into two parts is a grudge-bearing wall.
- Lee Expresses Desire for Talks with North Korea VOA 29 Dec 2010 -- South Korea's president is signaling a change in his position on talks with North Korea.
- South Korean President A Pragmatist on Pyongyang, Says Analyst VOA 29 Dec 2010 -- South Korea's president is demanding that North Korea dismantle its nuclear program in 2011 and he says resuming the six-party talks are the only way forward.
- Repression of Reunification Champion in S. Korea KCNA 28 Dec 2010 -- In a recent trial the south Korean authorities demanded 10 years in prison and 10 years of suspension of qualifications for Rev. Han Sang Ryol.
- South Korean President Calls for Unity to Thwart Further Attacks by North VOA 27 Dec 2010 -- Lee made the statement in his final biweekly radio address of the year, Monday. The president called for national unity, saying North Korea looks for division in the South as an opportunity to attack.
- Report Calls for Talks on Korean Maritime Boundary VOA 24 Dec 2010 -- An international group dedicated to preventing conflict warns of the risk of a wider conflict on the Korean peninsula. The report comes a month after an exchange of artillery fire that left four South Koreans dead.
- War Rhetoric Rises Between Koreas VOA 23 Dec 2010 -- North and South Korea have increased their rhetoric against one another as the South conducted more military exercises.
- South Korea ends military drills near border with North RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2010 -- South Korea staged on Thursday what it said was its largest-ever military drills amid increasing tensions with the North.
- S.Korea holds live fire military exercises near border with North as tensions continue RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2010 -- South Korea held military live fire exercises near the border with North Korea on Thursday morning, YTN Korean television reported.
- South Korea Stages Huge Show of Force Near DMZ VOA 23 Dec 2010 -- Exactly one month after North Korea bombarded Yeonpyeong island, South Korea's military has staged a brief but large show of force. The country's president told troops his patience with Pyongyang has run out.
- North Korea Threatens 'Holy War' After South's Military Drills RFE/RL 23 Dec 2010 -- South Korea completed a major show of its military strength amid high tensions with rival neighbor North Korea.
- North Korea 'ready for holy war' against South RIA Novosti 23 Dec 2010 -- North Korea warned on Thursday of a "holy war" using its nuclear deterrent, following the largest-ever military drills by the South earlier today.
- South Korea starts naval drills in Sea of Japan RIA Novosti 22 Dec 2010 -- South Korea started on Wednesday three-day military exercises in the Sea of Japan some 100 km south of the disputed border with North Korea, Yonhap news agency cited a spokesman for the South Korean Defense Ministry as saying.
- South Korean Military Prepares for Largest-Ever Live-Fire Drill VOA 22 Dec 2010 -- South Korea's army and air force are preparing to hold their largest-ever live-fire exercise on Thursday near the inter-Korean border, as Seoul remains on high alert for any attacks by North Korea.
- South Korea Remains on High Alert VOA 21 Dec 2010 -- South Korea's government remains on high alert, watching for a North Korean response to the South's military exercises.
- South Korea Concludes Artillery Drill VOA 20 Dec 2010 -- South Koreans are anxiously waiting to see if North Korea will make good on its threat to take military action in response to an artillery drill on Yeonpyeong island. The exercise came just hours after an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council failed to ease tensions, and after an American politician said North Korea is willing to accept nuclear inspections.
- South Korea conducts 94-minute exercises over disputed waters IRNA 20 Dec 2010 -- South Korea on Monday carried 94 minutes of military exercise and shelling into waters claimed by both Koreas.
- North Korea Offers Concessions as South Korean Artillery Drill Begins VOA 20 Dec 2010 -- Reports say North Korea is offering concessions on its nuclear program as South Korea began an artillery drill that threatens to spark renewed hostilities between the two Koreas.
- S. Korea Reaffirms Intent to Conduct Live Fire Drill; North Vows Retaliation VOA 19 Dec 2010 -- South Korea's military says it is waiting for better weather to start a controversial live-firing artillery exercise. North Korea is threatening retaliation if the artillery drill goes ahead on Yeonpyeong island. Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting Sunday to discuss the high tension on the Korean peninsula.
- Russia's draft UN statement proposes sending envoy to Koreas RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2010 -- Russia's draft statement to the United Nations Security Council proposes sending a special envoy to Seoul and Pyongyang to resolve the conflict peacefully, a UN source said.
- UN Security Council starts emergency meeting on Korea crisis RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2010 -- The United Nations Security Council started holding an emergency meeting on Sunday at Russia's request to address mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula.
- UN Security Council to meet over Korean crisis on Sunday RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2010 -- The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Sunday at Russia's request to discuss the escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
- UN Security Council in Emergency Talks on Korean Tensions VOA 19 Dec 2010 -- The United Nations Security Council is holding emergency talks to try to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, where South Korea is vowing to proceed with a live-fire military exercise, despite threats of retaliation from the North.
- Sharp: Alliance will respond 'decisively' to attacks Army News 19 Dec 2010 -- The top American military officer here said the Republic of Korea-U.S. Alliance will respond "rapidly, proportionately and decisively" to any future North Korean provocations.
- U.S. Troops to Observe South Korean Live-fire Drills AFPS 17 Dec 2010 -- US trainers and observers will be present for South Korean live-fire artillery drills planned to start tomorrow.
- US: 'No Justification' for Response to ROK Exercises VOA 17 Dec 2010 -- United States: No justification for North Korea to take military action if South Korea goes ahead with planned artillery exercises.
- Russia concerned by N.Korea's threat over S.Korean-U.S. drills RIA Novosti 17 Dec 2010 -- Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed its concern to North Korea's ambassador Kim Jong-Jae over promise to use military force.
- US Says 'Nothing Provocative' About South Korean Military Drills VOA 16 Dec 2010 -- United States: South Korean artillery exercises planned for the next few days are routine and appropriate.
- General: Exercises Vital to US, South Korea AFPS 16 Dec 2010 -- Exercises such as the Invincible Spirit series are helping the US-South Korean alliance transform for the future while sending an unmistakable message to North Korea.
- Chinese, US Officials Meet to Discuss Korean Tensions VOA 16 Dec 2010 -- China hopes to strengthen dialogue with the United States, on bilateral, regional and international issues, including the Korean crisis.
- S. Korea to Kick off Naval Firing Exercises KCNA 16 Dec 2010 -- South Korea contemplating staging naval firing exercises in 23 places of the East, West and South seas of south Korea.
- South Korea to hold artillery drills near border with North RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2010 -- South Korea plans this weekend to hold artillery drills on the island in the Yellow Sea that was attacked by North Korea last month.
- South Korea Plans Live Firing Drill from Attacked Island VOA 16 Dec 2010 -- Seoul's military says it will resume live-firing artillery drills from an island North Korea attacked last month.
- KCNA on S. Korea Policy KCNA 16 Dec 2010 -- The tense situation prevailing on the Korean Peninsula is not attributable to any accidental incident.
- KCNA on Remarks of S. Korean Minister of Defence KCNA 16 Dec 2010 -- In his address made upon his assumption of office: "the north should be punished till it is brought to its knees."
- S. Korean Minister of Unification's Remarks KCNA 15 Dec 2010 -- South Korean Minister of Unification Hyon In Thaek talking about "the last option" and the like as regards the Yonphyong Island shelling incident.
- KCNA on ROK Minister of Unification KCNA 15 Dec 2010 -- Hyon In Thaek, minister of Unification, an anti-reunification confrontation element.
- South Korea Stages Air Raid Drill VOA 15 Dec 2010 -- South Korea has staged its largest-ever air raid drill.
- KCNA on S. Korean Minister of Unification's Remarks KCNA 14 Dec 2010 -- South Korean Minister of Unification Hyon In Thaek talking about the Yonphyong Island shelling incident.
- KCNA on Yonphyong Island Shelling KCNA 14 Dec 2010 -- The south Korean authorities have misled public opinion by asserting that the recent case of the Yonphyong Island shelling occurred due to the DPRK.
- N. Korean Defectors Take Bigger Role in Helping Others VOA 14 Dec 2010 -- The number of North Korean refugees reaching South Korea continues to rise.
- S. Korea to Stage Plan for Ground Joint Exercises KCNA 13 Dec 2010 -- The Metropolitan Mechanized Infantry Division announced it would stage ground joint exercises in the areas of Namyangju and Kaphyong.
- South Korea Resumes Live-Fire Artillery Drills VOA 13 Dec 2010 -- South Korean forces are embarking on a second week of live-fire drills around the nation's coasts, disregarding warning from North Korea.
- North Korean Defectors Ask to Help Fight Their Former Homeland VOA 13 Dec 2010 -- Since the November 23 shelling of Yeonpyeong island, there has been rising anger in South Korea.
- S. Korea's Cooperation with Outsiders KCNA 13 Dec 2010 -- Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of south Korea implored the US and Japan to make close cooperation.
- KSC Battalion conducts annual mobilization drill Army News 13 Dec 2010 -- The Korean Service Corps Battalion conducted its annual mobilization rehearsal Dec. 8 at Collier Field House.
- Boeing Delivers 3 More F-15K Slam Eagles to Republic of Korea Boeing 07 Dec 2010 -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] on Nov. 8 delivered three F-15K Slam Eagles to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) at Daegu Air Base. The company delivered the first three of 21 F-15Ks it is producing under the Next Fighter II contract to the ROKAF in September. The remaining 15 aircraft will be delivered through March 2012.
- 'We're at Your Side,' Mullen Tells South Koreans AFPS 08 Dec 2010 -- Following what he called “a very full day of meaningful discussions” today with South Korean leaders, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff condemned North Korea’s acts of aggression and praised South Korea for demonstrating restraint to keep it from escalating.
- Press Conference on Ninth Assembly of States Parties to International Criminal Court’s Rome Statute United Nations 07 Dec 2010
- ICC Prosecutor looking into possibility of war crimes in Republic of Korea UN News Centre 07 Dec 2010 -- The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said today that his Office is looking into whether recent incidents committed in the Republic of Korea constitute war crimes after receiving communications from Korean citizens alleging that to be the case.
- Mullen Arrives in South Korea to Address Tensions AFPS 07 Dec 2010 -- Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived here Dec. 8 after crossing the international dateline to meet with South Korean defense officials and reinforce U.S. commitment to the U.S.-South Korean alliance amid escalating tensions on the peninsula.
- Clinton Reaffirms Partnership With Seoul, Tokyo, Amid Grave Concern for North Korea VOA 06 Dec 2010 -- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has reaffirmed the U.S. security commitment to South Korea and Japan amid what she termed "grave concern" about North Korean behavior. Clinton met her South Korean and Japanese counterparts Monday in a three-way meeting in Washington.
- South Korea Starts Live-Fire Drills Amid Tensions With North RFE/RL 06 Dec 2010 -- Amid high tensions with neighboring North Korea, South Korea has today begun live-ammunition naval firing exercises.
- South Korean Military Starts Live-Fire Drills VOA 06 Dec 2010 -- South Korea has begun a fresh series of live-fire artillery exercises across the country. They are seen as a response to North Korea's shelling of a South Korean island, nearly two weeks ago.
- US Hosts North Korea Crisis Talks in Washington VOA 06 Dec 2010 -- U.S. President Barack Obama is asking China to send a "clear message" to North Korea, as Japanese and South Korean officials gather in Washington to discuss the crisis on the Korean peninsula.
- Republic Of Korea Selects Lockheed Martin’s Proven C-130J Super Hercules For New Airlift Fleet Lockheed Martin 02 Dec 2010 -- Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] has signed a contract with the Republic of Korea to provide the nation four C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
- South Korea to Retaliate If Bombed Again VOA 03 Dec 2010 -- A top South Korean presidential security advisor says Seoul is prepared to bomb North Korea if Pyongyang again hits the South with artillery.
- S Korean Spy Chief: N Korea Likely to Attack Again VOA 01 Dec 2010 -- South Korea's spy chief says North Korea is highly likely to attack the South again, following its deadly shelling of a South Korean island last week.
- Naval Exercise Wraps Up In South Korea AFPS 01 Dec 2010 -- Task force commander said he’s “exceptionally satisfied” with capabilities demonstrated during operations that sent a strong deterrent message to North Korea.
- US, South Korea End Joint Maneuvers, Discuss Future Exercises VOA 01 Dec 2010 -- South Korean military officials are discussing holding more maneuvers with the U.S. forces within a few weeks or months.
- China Urges Restraint As US, South Korea Plan New Drills VOA 01 Dec 2010 -- China is appealing for all sides to avoid inflaming tensions with North Korea as the US and South Korea conclude a major exercise.
- KCNA on ROK Human Rights Policy KCNA 01 Dec 2010 -- South Korea voting for a resolution on the human rights issue in the north which south Korea co-sponsored together with the US at the UN.
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