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April 2013 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- US, S Korea end military maneuvers PressTV 30 Apr 2013 -- The United States and South Korea have ended the controversial two-month-long military maneuvers that provoked recent tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- Improving North-South Korean Relations May Depend on China, US Says VOA 30 Apr 2013 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye meets with U.S. President Barack Obama for talks that are expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program.
- Seoul 'Not Against' Workers Remaining at Kaesong Complex VOA 30 Apr 2013 -- South Korea's government says the last seven of its citizens remaining at the Kaesong joint venture complex in North Korea are there voluntarily to handle unresolved issues.
- N Korea says most workers left Kaesong PressTV 30 Apr 2013 -- South Korea says most remaining workers at the joint industrial zone in North Korea returned home following months of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- Minju Joson Accuses S. Korean Authorities of Working Hard to Bring KIZ to Collapse KCNA 30 Apr 2013 -- The chief of Chongwadae of south Korea held a meeting of the chiefs for diplomatic and security affairs on April 26.
- S Korea spy agency comes under probe over scandal PressTV 30 Apr 2013 -- South Korea’s spy agency has come under investigation over its alleged involvement in the country’s last year presidential election.
- North Korea Would Lose Millions by Closing Kaesong VOA 29 Apr 2013 -- North Korea stands to lose tens of millions of dollars a year if it closes the Kaesong industrial complex, a key source of hard currency for its troubled economy.
- South Korean Workers at Kaesong Return Home VOA 29 Apr 2013 -- All but seven of the remaining South Korean workers at the only joint venture with the North have returned home.
- Rodong Sinmun on S. Korean Authorities and KIZ KCNA 29 Apr 2013 -- The south Korean authorities issued "a government statement" at a meeting of chiefs in charge of diplomatic and security affairs.
- Some S.Korean Workers Return Home from Joint Kaesong Complex RIA Novosti 28 Apr 2013 -- Some of South Korean workers returned home Saturday from a jointly run industrial site in North Korea, South Korean news agency Yonhap quoted Seoul officials as saying.
- Seoul Pulling Workers from Kaesong Complex VOA 27 Apr 2013 -- South Korean officials say the remaining workers at a shuttered factory park in North Korea have begun returning home.
- S. Korea Denounced for Making Public Decision to Do Away with KIZ KCNA 27 Apr 2013 -- A spokesman for the General Bureau for Central Guidance to the Development of the Special Zone gave an answer to a question put by KCNA.
- Chairman Urges More Japan, South Korea Defense Cooperation AFPS 26 Apr 2013 -- During the question-and-answer period following his speech here today at the National Institute for Defense Studies, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey urged Japan and South Korea to collaborate more closely in the face of sustained North Korean provocation.
- US, S. Korea conducting joint naval drill Iran Press TV 26 Apr 2013 -- The United States and South Korea are conducting joint naval exercises near the South Korean port city of Pohang, amid tension on the Korean Peninsula.
- North Korea Rejects South's Talks Offer RIA Novosti 26 Apr 2013 -- North Korea has rejected a proposal from the South to hold immediate talks over their joint industrial park in the border town of Kaesong, South Korean media reported on Friday, quoting North Korea's National Defense Commission.
- South Korea warns North against rejecting offer of talks on Kaesong Iran Press TV 25 Apr 2013 -- South Korea has offered North Korea formal talks over the issue of suspended operations at the joint Kaesong industrial zone, warning that Seoul would take 'significant measures' if Pyongyang rejects the offer.
- South Korea Proposes Talks with North over Kaesong - Agency RIA Novosti 25 Apr 2013 -- South Korea on Thursday proposed holding talks with North Korea over a joint industrial site that has been idle since the start of April amid growing inter-Korean tensions, South Korean media reported.
- S.Korean PM Against Redeploying US Tactical Nuclear Weapons RIA Novosti 25 Apr 2013 -- South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won reiterated Seoul's commitments to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula on Thursday and said he opposed the idea of redeploying the US tactical nuclear weapons in his country.
- UN chief expresses support for dialogue on reopening Korean industrial complex UN News Centre 25 Apr 2013 -- Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed support for inter-Korean dialogue, following the Republic of Korea's offer to hold talks with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on reopening the Kaesong Industrial Complex, which he considers a valuable bridge between the two countries.
- N Korea not ready for all-out war with US-backed South: Seoul PressTV 19 Apr 2013 -- South Korea has downplayed the North’s stepped-up war rhetoric.
- Joint Communique of the 37th ROK-US Military Committee Meeting DoD 18 Apr 2013
- Dempsey, South Korean Counterpart Reaffirm Alliance AFPS 18 Apr 2013 -- The alliance between the United States and South Korea is stronger than ever, the top military officers from both countries said.
- South Korea to buy Apache Attack helicopters through FMS Army News 17 Apr 2013 -- The Republic of Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration announced it will purchase 36 U.S. Army Apache (AH-64E) helicopters through Foreign Military Sales.
- N.Korea Denies Entry to S.Korean Businessmen RIA Novosti 17 Apr 2013 -- North Korea has denied entry to South Korean businessmen who wanted to visit Kaesong.
- South Korea Reacts Calmly to Latest 'Ultimatum' from North VOA 16 Apr 2013 -- The latest threat to attack South Korea came in a radio broadcast from Pyongyang in the name of the "supreme authority" of North Korea's army.
- North Korea Demands Apologies in Its ‘Ultimatum’ to South RIA Novosti 16 Apr 2013 -- The North Korean military supreme command has issued an ultimatum to South Korea, demanding an immediate apology for “all the major and minor hostile actions.”
- KPA Supreme Command Sends Ultimatum to S. Korean Forces KCNA 16 Apr 2013 -- The supreme command of the Korean People's Army issued the following ultimatum to the south Korean forces.
- Opening remarks by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the press conference held at the National Press Club in Seoul, Republic of Korea NATO 12 Apr 2013
- Remarks With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 12 Apr 2013
- S.Korea Offers Talks With North - Spokesman RIA Novosti 12 Apr 2013 -- Seoul is open for talks with Pyongyang to ease the escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, a South Korean Unification Ministry spokesman said on Friday in comments reported by a local news agency.
- South Korea capable of intercepting North missiles: Defense Ministry Iran Press TV 11 Apr 2013 -- South Korean Defense Ministry has announced that its missile defense system is capable of intercepting North Korean missiles should its northern neighbor decides to strike the South Korean territory.
- S Korea Expects North's Missile Test by Monday VOA 10 Apr 2013 -- U.S. and South Korean forces remain on heightened alert for a North Korean missile test that officials say could take place at any time.
- Alert Status Raised Amid Signs Of Missile Launch By North Korea RFE/RL 10 Apr 2013 -- South Korea and the United States are reported to have raised their joint military surveillance level, amid indications that rival North Korea could be preparing for a missile test.
- South Korea Asks Russia, China to Rein in North Korea RIA Novosti 10 Apr 2013 -- The South Korean government has asked Russia and China to help restrain North Korea from making military provocations as tensions increase on the Korean Peninsula over an expected intermediate-range missile launch by Pyongyang, its foreign minister said on Wednesday.
- Locklear: Tensions on Korean Peninsula Highest Since War's End AFPS 09 Apr 2013 -- With tensions on the Korean Peninsula reaching their highest level in the 60 years since the war there ended, the United States and South Korea are prepared to defend against a North Korean attack, should one come, the U.S. Pacific Command commander told Congress today.
- South Korea Largely Ignores Latest North Korean Threat VOA 09 Apr 2013 -- North Korea has urged foreigners to leave South Korea to avoid a possible military conflict, but Pyongyang's latest warning apparently has done little to disrupt life in Seoul.
- KAPPC Urges Foreigners in S. Korea to Take Measures for Shelter and Evacuation KCNA 09 Apr 2013 -- The Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee issued the following statement on Tuesday:
- UN Chief Warns Of 'Uncontrollable' Situation On Korean Peninsula RFE/RL 09 Apr 2013 -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned that a small incident could provoke an 'uncontrollable' situation on the Korean Peninsula.
- North Korea Warns Foreigners to Evacuate South RIA Novosti 09 Apr 2013 -- North Korea released a new warning on Tuesday urging foreigners to evacuate neighboring South Korea over what it says is the rising risk of war on the peninsula.
- Kaesong Industrial Zone Stops as Workers Fail to Come RIA Novosti 09 Apr 2013 -- About 53,000 North Korean workers failed to turn up at work on Tuesday at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, effectively stopping production at one of the few remaining points of cooperation between Seoul and Pyongyang, the Yonhap news agency reported.
- North Korea Urges Foreigners to Consider Leaving VOA 09 Apr 2013 -- None of the 53,000 North Koreans employed at the Kaesong factory complex, the only remaining North-South joint venture, showed up for work Tuesday. This comes a day after a high-level North Korean official announced the project was being suspended, blaming the South for turning the complex into a 'theater of confrontation.' Meanwhile, North Korea has urged foreigners to consider leaving the South in case a war breaks out.
- Seoul Now Says No Signs Of Imminent North Korea Nuclear Test RFE/RL 08 Apr 2013 -- The statement came shortly after a South Korean cabinet minister said there was an 'indication' of preparations at the North's main atomic test site. Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae later said he 'misspoke' in his comments to a parliamentary committee.
- North Korea taking Seoul hostage: Chinese official CNA 07 Apr 2013 -- North Korea sees South Korea's capital as its Achilles' heel and has taken Seoul hostage by aiming considerable firepower at the city, a Chinese military official said on Sunday.
- S Korea: North May Be Preparing Missile Launch VOA 07 Apr 2013 -- A top South Korean national security official said Sunday that North Korea may be preparing a missile test or another provocative act this week by warning it soon will be unable to guarantee diplomats' safety in Pyongyang.
- S Korea workers still kept out of Kaesong Iran Press TV 06 Apr 2013 -- North Korea has continued preventing South Korean workers from entering a joint industrial zone amid an upsurge of tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- US Show of Force in Korean Peninsula Helpful? VOA 05 Apr 2013 -- The United States' highly visible show of force on the Korean peninsula has raised some concern by analysts.
- S. Korea Steps Up Preparations Amid Threats of North Missile Launch VOA 05 Apr 2013 -- South Korea's military is stepping up preparations for anticipated missile launches by North Korea.
- North Korean Workers Absent From Joint Industrial Park RFE/RL 05 Apr 2013 -- 53,000 North Korean workers employed in the Kaesong industrial complex jointly run by the two Koreas just north of their common border did not show up for work on April 5.
- North Korea moves second missile to east coast: Report PressTV 05 Apr 2013 -- North Korea has moved a second medium-range missile to its eastern coast amid escalating tension in the Korean Peninsula.
- North Korean missile faces South Korea, Japan: Report PressTV 05 Apr 2013 -- North Korea has moved a medium-range missile, which could hit targets in South Korea and Japan, to its east coast.
- North Korea Deploys Missiles to East Coast - Seoul RIA Novosti 05 Apr 2013 -- North Korea has loaded two Musudan (No-dong B) intermediate range ballistic missiles (IRBM) onto mobile launchers and deployed them to an undisclosed facility on its east coast.
- U.S. Slammed for Slandering DPRK's Nukes: Minju Joson KCNA 05 Apr 2013 -- U.S. high-ranking politicians terming the DPRK's access to nuclear weapons "a violation of the UN Security Council's resolutions" and "threat to global peace and security".
- Provocateurs Can Not Escape Ultimate Doom: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 05 Apr 2013 -- The March 30 special statement declared the firm stance that the north-south relations would be put at the state of war and all the issues arousing between the north and the south be dealt with according to the wartime regulations.
- Dempsey to Host South Korean Counterparts AFPS 05 Apr 2013 -- Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will host South Korean military leaders at the Pentagon this month for long-planned consultative meetings, a senior defense official said.
- US Braces for North Korean Missile Launch VOA 04 Apr 2013 -- The United States expects North Korea will launch one of its missiles in the coming days.
- S. Korea Confirms Relocation of North Missile VOA 04 Apr 2013 -- South Korea's defense minister is acknowledging that North Korea has moved a missile.
- N.Korea Missile Deployment Not Aimed at US - Seoul RIA Novosti 04 Apr 2013 -- An intermediate-range missile that North Korea has deployed to its east coast is not capable of striking the US mainland, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said.
- CPRK Spokesman on Kaesong Industrial Zone KCNA 04 Apr 2013 -- A spokesman for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea gave an answer to a question put by KCNA in connection with the Kaesong Industrial Zone.
- Readout of Secretary Hagel’s Meeting with Republic of Korea Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun, Byung-Se DoD 03 Apr 2013
- US, S. Korea Ready to Counter N. Korean Aggression VOA 03 Apr 2013 -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the United States will defend itself and its allies amid what he calls "provocative, dangerous and reckless" threats by North Korean leader Kim Jung Un.
- South Korea says it has contingency military plans PressTV 03 Apr 2013 -- South Korea says it has contingency military plans to employ in case North Korea threatens the safety of the South Korean citizens working in a joint industrial zone.
- S. Korean Workers Blocked from Kaesong Industrial Zone VOA 03 Apr 2013 -- North Korea on Wednesday suspended entry of South Koreans workers into a joint industrial zone just north of the border.
- North Korea Bars South's Access To Jointly Run Industrial Park RFE/RL 03 Apr 2013 -- South Korea says all options are being considered, "including possible military action," to ensure the safety of its citizens who remain in a jointly-run industrial zone inside North Korea.
- North Korea Bans South Workers from Entering Joint Site RIA Novosti 03 Apr 2013 -- North Korea has banned South Korean workers from entering Kaesong, a joint industrial zone.
- North Korea closes joint Kaesong industrial zone to workers from South PressTV 03 Apr 2013 -- Amid increasing tensions in the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has prevented South Korean workers from entering a joint industrial zone.
- Pentagon Approves Sale of Fighters to S. Korea VOA 03 Apr 2013 -- The U.S. Defense Department said it has approved the sale of fighters to South Korea, which is expected to announce the winner of a 60-jet competition later this year.
- US to sell stealth fighter jets to S Korea PressTV 03 Apr 2013 -- The US Defense Department has ratified the sale of advanced stealth fighter jets to South Korea amid escalation of war of words between Washington and Pyongyang.
- Secretary Kerry Remarks With Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea Yun Byung-se After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 02 Apr 2013
- Little: U.S. Seeks ‘Peace and Stability’ on Korean Peninsula AFPS 01 Apr 2013 -- The U.S. will continue its commitment to South Korea and its desire to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region.
- US moves destroyer closer to N. Korea coast: Official PressTV 01 Apr 2013 -- The United States is shifting a guided-missile destroyer in the Pacific to waters off the Korean Peninsula as tensions mount with North Korea.
- USS Chung-Hoon to Deploy to Western Pacific NNS 01 Apr 2013 -- The guided-missile destroyer USS Chung-Hoon will depart Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for an independent deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
- White House: No Sign of Large-Scale North Korean Mobilizations VOA 01 Apr 2013 -- The United States has not detected any military mobilizations by Pyongyang to back up threats against the U.S. and South Korea.
- S. Korea President Vows Strong Retaliation Against North VOA 01 Apr 2013 -- South Korea's president has warned that the country's military will strike back swiftly and decisively against any North Korean attack, as tensions on the peninsula continue to mount.
- S. Korean President Taking North Threats 'Very Seriously' VOA 01 Apr 2013 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye says she is taking “very seriously” the continuing stream of threats from the North.
- South Korea Unveils ‘Active’ Nuclear Deterrence Plan RIA Novosti 01 Apr 2013 -- South Korea's defense ministry unveiled a new plan of "active deterrence," allowing it to preemptively strike its northern neighbor.
- U.S. Sends Stealth Fighters To South Korean Exercises RFE/RL 01 Apr 2013 -- The United States has sent advanced F-22 stealth fighters to South Korea to participate in military exercises at a time of high tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- Seoul warns North Korea of strong response to any attack PressTV 01 Apr 2013 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has warned North Korea that any provocation will be met with a “strong response.”
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