Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
October 2014 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- S. Korea Firm in Inter-Korean Complex Folds VOA 30 Oct 2014 -- A South Korean company operating at an inter-Korean industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong is going out of business. This will be the first time a South Korean firm at the joint industrial complex has had to close its business because of financial pressure.
- Seoul Deploys 20 New Fighter Jets, 40 More Planes Expected in Future RIA Novosti 30 Oct 2014 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has praised the deployment of South Korea's FA-50 aircrafts on Thursday, while ordering the country's military to remain at full readiness, Yonhap News Agency reported.
- North, South Korea rule out resumption of talks Iran Press TV 29 Oct 2014 -- North and South Korea have ruled out the resumption of high-level political talks aimed at improving inter-Korean relations, with each side blaming the other for the deadlock.
- N. Korean Arms Progress Called Clear Threat to Seoul VOA 28 Oct 2014 -- U.S. experts say North Korea's significant progress in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon is an undeniable threat to South Korea.
- S. Korean Defense Chief: Pyongyang Nuke Miniaturization Tech Is 'Significant' VOA 27 Oct 2014 -- North Korea's capability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon appears to have reached "a significant level," according to South Korea's defense chief.
- South Korea's Envoy to Discuss North Korean's Nuclear Threat in China RIA Novosti 27 Oct 2014 -- Hwang Joon-kook, South Korea's nuclear envoy, plans to visit Beijing on Thursday, October 30, in order to discuss North Korea's nuclear program with his Chinese counterparts.
- Hundreds of South Koreans Clash With Anti-Pyonyang Activists Over Leaflet Campaign RIA Novosti 25 Oct 2014 -- Hundreds of residents of the South Korean town of Paju, located on the border with the North, have clashed with anti-Pyonyang activists, who intended to send tens of thousands of leaflets across the border, AFP reports.
- US and Republic of Korea Navies Increase Combined Capabilities During Clear Horizon 2014 NNS 24 Oct 2014 -- The U.S. and Republic of Korea navies completed a successful mine countermeasures exercise Oct. 24, in waters south of the Korean peninsula.
- Joint Communiqué: The 46th ROK-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting 23 Oct 2014 -- The 46th United States-Republic of Korea (U.S.-ROK) Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) was held in Washington D.C. on October 23, 2014. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and ROK Minster of National Defense Han Min-koo led their respective delegations, which included senior defense and foreign affairs officials. Before the SCM, the U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey, and the ROK Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Choi Yoon-hee, presided over the 39th U.S.-ROK Military Committee Meeting (MCM) on October 22, 2014.
- U.S., South Korea reach agreement for wartime control of forces DoD 23 Oct 2014 -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo met today here for the 46th Security Consultative Meeting.
- Press Briefing by Secretary Hagel and ROK Minister of National Defense Han Min Koo in the Pentagon Briefing Room DoD 23 Oct 2014 -- Presenters: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel; Minister of National Defense of the Republic of Korea Han Min Koo; Rear Admiral John Kirby, Press Secretary; Colonel William Weber (Ret.), Korean War Veteran
- Hagel Details U.S., South Korean Wartime Control Agreement AFPS 23 Oct 2014 -- The United States and South Korea have agreed to delay the scheduled 2015 transfer of wartime operational control of allied forces on the peninsula to the government in Seoul because of an evolving security environment, including what both governments called the "intensifying" missile and nuclear threat posed by North Korea.
- US, S. Korea Delay Transfer of Wartime Forces Control VOA 23 Oct 2014 -- The United States has agreed to an indefinite delay in handing over wartime control of troops on the Korean peninsula to South Korea. The U.S. has held wartime authority over South Korean troops since the Korean War in the early 1950s. A transfer of authority had been scheduled for next year.
- Exercise Clear Horizon 2014 to Hone Mine Countermeasures, Enhance Cooperation NNS 20 Oct 2014 -- The U.S. and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies will participate in Exercise Clear Horizon, October 20-24, in waters south of the Korean peninsula.
- South, North Korea Exchange Fire On Border RIA Novosti 19 Oct 2014 -- South and North Korean troops exchanged fire on Sunday after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) soldiers approached the military demarcation line (MDL) between the two countries.
- Chinese Envoy Criticizes US Plans to Deploy Missile Defense System in South Korea RIA Novosti 17 Oct 2014 -- The deployment of a US advanced missile defense system in South Korea currently under consideration in Washington may trigger a strong negative reaction from North Korea, China's deputy chief envoy to the talks urged Friday.
- South Korea Confronts Violence Within Military Ranks VOA 17 Oct 2014 -- South Korea maintains a 600-thousand-strong military, made up mostly of young recruits like Kwak, a legacy of the country's unfinished war with North Korea. Every able-bodied South Korean male between 18 and 35 must serve for 21 to 36 months in the country's armed forces — depending upon the specific branch — a period longer than most countries require.
- S. Korea, DPRK hold general-level military talks People's Daily 15 Oct 2014 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held general-level military talks on Wednesday at the truce village of Panmunjom, local media reported.
- North, South Korea hold senior-level military talks Iran Press TV 15 Oct 2014 -- North Korea and its southern neighbor have held senior-level military talks for the first time in seven years following a series of recent incidents on their land and maritime borders.
- Seoul: Pyongyang Sanctions Unchanged VOA 14 Oct 2014 -- South Korea says its position on North Korean sanctions has not changed despite speculation that Seoul might consider lifting its unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang.
- South Korea troop movements up tensions Iran Press TV 13 Oct 2014 -- South Korea deploys additional military forces to the islands on its border with the North, amid renewed rising tensions between the two rival neighbors.
- South Korea Warns Pyongyang of 'Strong Response' to Further Provocations RIA Novosti 13 Oct 2014 -- South Korea has warned its Northern neighbor that it will pursue a "strong" response if it is provoked in a way that is similar to the recent exchange of fire, Reuters reports on Monday.
- N. Korea: Talks With South 'All But Scrapped' Following Skirmish VOA 11 Oct 2014 -- North Korea's state media say high-level talks with South Korea are close to collapsing after the two countries traded small arms fire.
- ROK, DPRK exchange fires across line People's Daily 10 Oct 2014 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) exchanged fires in an area near the military demarcation line, Yonhap News Agency and YTN reported citing the South Korean military.
- North, South Korea trade machine gun fire along land border Iran Press TV 10 Oct 2014 -- Seoul military officials say North and South Korea have exchanged fire across their land border after the North shot balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets floated from the South.
- S. Korean Coast Guard Kill Chinese Fisherman VOA 10 Oct 2014 -- South Korea's coast guard has shot and killed a Chinese fisherman after officials say he resisted arrest while fishing illegally in South Korean waters.
- North, South Korean Warships Exchange Warning Shots VOA 07 Oct 2014 -- North and South Korean warships exchanged warning shots near a disputed sea border Tuesday, days after the two sides agreed to high-level talks that many hope could improve inter-Korean relations.
- Two Koreas trade machine gun fires in western sea border: Yonhap People's Daily 07 Oct 2014 -- Naval ships of the two Koreas traded warning fires in the western sea boundary after a patrol ship of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) violated the disputed maritime border, Yonhap News Agency and YTN reported Tuesday.
- Warships of Koreas exchange fire near yellow sea Iran Press TV 07 Oct 2014 -- North and South Korean patrol boats have exchanged fire near the disputed Yellow Sea border, the South Korean Defense Ministry says.
- South Korea's Economic Sanctions on North Korea to Remain RIA Novosti 06 Oct 2014 -- Despite the sudden talks on improving relations between North and South Korea, Seoul will not shift its position on economic sanctions against North Korea, Yonhap News reports.
- South Korea President Calls for Regular Talks With North VOA 06 Oct 2014 -- The visit to South Korea of the highest-level North Korean delegation in five years is generating hope for a thaw in the frosty relationship that has blanketed the divided peninsula for decades. South Korea's president is among those expressing such a desire.
- North Korean officials make rare visit to South Iran Press TV 04 Oct 2014 -- Three top North Korean officials, including the country's number two man, pay a rare visit to neighboring South despite tense relations between Pyongyang and Seoul.
- North, South Korea Agree to New Talks VOA 04 Oct 2014 -- North and South Korean officials have agreed to resume high level talks that have been stalled for several months.
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