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November 2016 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- South Korea opposition sticks to plans to impeach Park Press TV 30 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's opposition parties have agreed to keep plans to impeach embattled President Park Geun-hye, rejecting her recent offer to resign under a "safe" power transfer arranged by the parliament.
- S Korea, US Begin Air Defense Exercises as N Korea Set to Launch Drills Thursday Sputnik 30 Nov 2016 -- South Korea and the United States launched their annual aerial exercise amid North Korean expected air defense drills.
- Envoys: Trump Expected to Keep Strong Ties With South Korea VOA 30 Nov 2016 -- In less than two months, Donald Trump will be sworn in as president of the United States, and yet he remains tight-lipped about his plans for nuclear-armed North Korea, which many believe is one of the most important security threats currently facing the United States.
- S.Korean president to follow parliamentary decision including shortened presidency People's Daily 29 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Tuesday that she will follow any parliamentary decision on her fate, including a shortened presidency.
- South Korea president says ready to resign Press TV 29 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye says she is ready to resign, asking parliament to pave the way for a safe transfer of power.
- South Korean President Offers Conditional Resignation VOA 29 Nov 2016 -- Without using the words impeachment or resignation, South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday expressed her willingness to step down from office in an orderly manner, once and if the National Assembly passes a measure requiring her to do so.
- South Korean President Fades as Impeachment Looms VOA 28 Nov 2016 -- Despite another weekend of massive protests in Seoul, and facing a possible impeachment vote that could come as early as this week, South Korean President Park Geun-hye remains secluded and isolated in the presidential Blue House.
- President Park will not participate in questioning by prosecutors: Lawyer Press TV 28 Nov 2016 -- A lawyer representing South Korean President Park Geun-hye says the embattled president will not subject herself to questioning by prosecutors over an influence-peddling scandal.
- From Bad to Worse: S Korean Leader Could Be Involved in Another Corruption Case Sputnik 27 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye could have been involved in one more case of corruption, Yonhap reported Sunday.
- South Koreans in biggest rally to demand Park ouster Press TV 26 Nov 2016 -- Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans have marched in the capital Seoul for the 5th week to demand the ouster of President Park Geun-hye over a corruption scandal.
- Over 1.5Mln Expected to Gather in S.Korea for 5th Week of Anti-President Rallies Sputnik 26 Nov 2016 -- Over 1.5 million protesters are expected to attend the rally in Seoul on Saturday, in response to allegations of President Park Geun-hye's involvement in the influence-peddling and corruption scandal linked to her confidante, local media reported.
- US, South Korea Discuss Status of Forces Agreement Before Trump Inauguration Sputnik 26 Nov 2016 -- On Tuesday, government officials from Seoul and Washington met to discuss the ongoing deployment of nearly 30,000 American soldiers in South Korea as well as the changes to the arrangement that President-elect Donald Trump may seek.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on signing of the Japan-ROK General Security of Military Information Agreement DoD 23 Nov 2016
- Seoul-Tokyo Intelligence Deal Raises Fears in South Korea VOA 25 Nov 2016 -- A landmark Japan-South Korea military pact is drawing complaints from opponents in Seoul, who are protesting the deal and how quickly it was arranged.
- S Korean Opposition Wants to Vote on Impeachment of President in Early December Sputnik 24 Nov 2016 -- Party's floor leader Woo Sang-ho said that South Korea's main opposition Democratic Party is going to seek vote on impeachment of President Park Geun-hye in December amid the ongoing political scandal.
- South Korea signs controversial intelligence pact with Japan Press TV 23 Nov 2016 -- South Korea and Japan have signed a military intelligence-sharing deal despite widespread opposition from the South Korean public.
- Lockheed Martin Awarded $1.2 billion to Modernize Republic of Korea F-16s Lockheed Martin 21 Nov 2016 -- Lockheed Martin was awarded a $1.2 billion contract to upgrade 134 F-16 aircraft for the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF).
- South Korea opposition parties want president's impeachment Press TV 21 Nov 2016 -- South Korean opposition parties are seeking the impeachment of President Park Guen-hye, who is embroiled in a snowballing corruption scandal.
- South Korean Air Force Fighters Set for Major Modernization Upgrades Sputnik 21 Nov 2016 -- The Republic of Korea Air Force's 134 F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft will receive extensive upgrades thanks to a $1.2-billion contract awarded to Lockheed Martin.
- S. Korean president suspected of conspiring with indicted confidante, former aides People's Daily 20 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye is suspected of having conspiring with her longtime confidante and former aides, who were indicted on Sunday for multiple charges, prosecutors said in an interim announcement of investigation results.
- South Korean prosecutors say President Park had major role in scandal Press TV 20 Nov 2016 -- Embattled South Korean President Park Geun-hye will likely be finding it increasingly difficult to contain public anger over an influence-peddling scandal involving one of her close friends as prosecutors have now attributed a major "collusive" role in the case to the president herself.
- S Korean Administration Claims Implicating President in Corruption Case Biased Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- The administration of South Korean President Park Geun-hye has accused the prosecutor's office of reaching unfounded and politically biased interim investigation results with regard to accusations of the president's involvement in the corruption scandal, Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday.
- South Korea Prosecutors Implicate President Park in Friend's Corruption Case Sputnik 20 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's prosecutors suspect President Park Geun-hye played a part in the corruption scandal.
- A million protesters march in S. Korea to demand Park's resignation People's Daily 20 Nov 2016 -- Almost one million South Koreans marched on Saturday night to demand the resignation of President Park Geun-hye over her biggest political scandal since she took office in February 2013.
- South Koreans rally anew against President Park Press TV 19 Nov 2016 -- South Koreans have taken to the streets in the capital, Seoul, and elsewhere in fresh rallies demanding the resignation of the scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye.
- South Korean President Retreats, Resists Scandal Investigation VOA 17 Nov 2016 -- South Korea President Park Geun-hye may have been found guilty in the court of public opinion for her alleged involvement in an influence peddling scandal, but the legal case against her is progressing slowly.
- Republic of Korea - Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) System DSCA 16 Nov 2016 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea for Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) System, equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $141 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on November 16, 2016.
- Trump and Choi-gate Could Decrease Focus on North Korean Human Rights VOA 16 Nov 2016 -- The U.S. and South Korea are continuing to prioritize efforts to prosecute North Korea for alleged widespread human rights violations, despite shifting political landscapes in both countries that could minimize support for the issue.
- S.Korean political heavyweights demand Park's resignation, impeachment over scandal People's Daily 15 Nov 2016 -- South Korean political heavyweights on Tuesday demanded President Park Geun-hye step down or be impeached over a scandal involving Park's longtime confidante.
- Hundreds of thousands of S Koreans demand president ouster Press TV 12 Nov 2016 -- Hundreds of of thousands of protesters in South Korea have taken to the streets of the capital Seoul to demand the ouster of President Park Geun-hye, who is embroiled in a power-peddling scandal.
- Hundreds of Thousands Rally in South Korea, Calling for Park's Ouster VOA 12 Nov 2016 -- Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators gathered at a mass rally in South Korea Saturday to demand the ouster of President Park Geun-hye.
- South Korea government calls for calm ahead of anti-Park mass rally Press TV 11 Nov 2016 -- The South Korean government has urged calm and respect for law during a mass rally planned to take place against President Park Geun-hye on Saturday.
- Trump 'pledges to defend South Korea' in departure from campaign rhetoric Press TV 10 Nov 2016 -- South Korean diplomatic sources have reportedly said that US President-elect Donald Trump has pledged his commitment to an existing security alliance between Washington and Seoul, despite his campaign rhetoric that the US would potentially abandon its Asian ally.
- South Korea to Promote Bilateral Defense Deals With US Under Trump Sputnik 10 Nov 2016 -- South Korea intends to develop cooperation with the new US administration and promote major bilateral agreements in the defense sphere, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-goo said Thursday.
- South Korea opposition rejects embattled president's power-sharing offer Press TV 09 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's opposition has rejected an offer by embattled President Park Geun-hye to nominate the country's prime minister, as she attempts to offer concessions meant to save her scandal-hit presidency.
- Quiet Horror!': South Koreans on Trump's Victory Sputnik 09 Nov 2016 -- When it began to look like Republican Party candidate Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections was guaranteed, popular S Korean bloggers and mass m
- US, UK, South Korean air forces conduct strategic exercise AFNS 08 Nov 2016 -- The Royal Air Force operated its largest deployment of equipment and personnel to the Korean Peninsula since the 1950s during Invincible Shield, a combined interoperability exchange, which is taking place Nov. 1-10.
- South Korean president agrees to cede some power Press TV 08 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's scandal-hit President Park Geun-hye has said she will give the parliament the power to choose a prime minister with a more active role in a bid to ease public anger over her presidency.
- S Korean President Withdraws Prime Minister Nomination Amid Opposition Pressure Sputnik 08 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye withdrew Kim Byong-joon's nomination for the prime ministerial post after caving in to opposition pressure amid a political scandal, local media reported on Tuesday.
- South Korean President Agrees to Withdraw Prime Minister Nominee VOA 08 Nov 2016 -- South Korea's embattled president, Park Geun-hye, says she will allow the country's parliament to select a new prime minister, a major political concession as she seeks to survive a growing political scandal.
- Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Tours Directed Energy Facilities at US Navy Base NNS 07 Nov 2016 -- U.S. Navy scientists and engineers briefed a delegation of defense officials from the Republic of Korea (ROK) on directed energy technologies at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), the Department of Defense announced Nov. 4.
- S. Korean prosecutors investigate president's meeting with conglomerate heads over scandal People's Daily 07 Nov 2016 -- South Korean prosecutors launched an investigation on Monday into President Park Geun-hye's closed-door meeting with heads of major conglomerates last year for Park's possible role in helping raise funds for two foundations presumably controlled by her long-time confidante Choi Soon-sil.
- South Korean Lawmakers Eye Revival of Talks on North Korea's Nuclear Program Sputnik 07 Nov 2016 -- Several South Korean lawmakers formed an informal group to resume the six-way talks on the North Korean nuclear weapons program. The lawmakers will soon hold talks with their colleagues from the US, Russia and China.
- THAAD Decision Derails Seoul-Beijing Military Talks Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- Seoul and Beijing have suspended their high-level defense talks as a result of South Korea's decision to deploy a controversial American anti-missile system in the country.
- Two ex-presidential aides arrested in South Korea Press TV 06 Nov 2016 -- A court in South Korea has issued arrest warrants for two former aides to President Park Geun-hye for their suspected involvement in a political scandal that has plunged the country in crisis.
- Former Secretary of South Korean President Arrested Amid Political Scandal Sputnik 06 Nov 2016 -- An Chong-bum, a former secretary of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, was arrested on Sunday over his alleged involvement in the political scandal around informal presidential aide, local media reported.
- Koreans rally in big numbers, urge Park to resign Press TV 05 Nov 2016 -- Thousands of South Koreans have taken to the streets, calling on President Park Geun-hye to resign amid deepening fallout from a corruption scandal.
- Tens of Thousands Protest Against South Korea's President VOA 05 Nov 2016 -- Tens of thousands of South Koreans protested in the streets of their capital Saturday, demanding President Park Geun-hye's resignation over a scandal involving her longtime confidante and former advisers.
- China urges halt of U.S. THAAD deployment in ROK People's Daily 04 Nov 2016 -- China on Friday urged the United States to stop deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) in the Republic of Korea (ROK).
- US to deploy THAAD missiles to South Korea in 10 months Press TV 04 Nov 2016 -- The US military says it will deploy its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea within eight to 10 months.
- China to Take Steps to Protect Security Amid THAAD Deployment in Korea Sputnik 04 Nov 2016 -- Beijing is expected to undertake all necessary steps aimed at protection of country's security interests in case of the deployment of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Friday.
- S. Korean president says to accept investigation over scandal if necessary People's Daily 04 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Friday that she will accept an investigation into herself, if necessary, by prosecutors over a scandal surrounding Choi Soon-sil, the president's longtime confidante suspected of intervening into state affairs.
- Scandal is all my fault: South Korea president Press TV 04 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye says she is solely to blame for an ongoing crisis involving an old friend of hers who allegedly meddled in state affairs despite having no formal position.
- South Korean President Says Ready to Testify in Shadow Adviser Case if Necessary Sputnik 04 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has announced that she is ready to give testimony with regard to the scandal involving her friend and "shadow adviser" Choi Soon-sil, if necessary.
- South Korean President Denies Friend's Cultlike Influence VOA 04 Nov 2016 -- Embattled South Korean President Park Geun-hye apologized for the second time in a national address Friday, trying to quell the growing calls for her resignation over a corruption scandal crippling her administration.
- South Korea's Park appoints new chief of staff amid scandal Press TV 03 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye has appointed a new chief of staff, part of sweeping reshuffles apparently meant to allay public outrage at a scandal involving one of her close associates.
- South Korean Court Issues Warrant to Arrest President's 'Shadow Adviser' Sputnik 03 Nov 2016 -- A South Korean court on Thursday issued a warrant to arrest Choi Soon-sil, a friend and "shadow adviser" of country's President Park Geun-hye, local media reported.
- Seoul Could Launch Investigation Into S Korean President Over 'Shadow Adviser' Sputnik 03 Nov 2016 -- South Korean Prime Minister Kim Byong-joon has mentioned the possibility of investigating the country's President Park Geun-hye over her ties to the "shadow adviser" Choi Soon-sil, who is suspected of meddling in state affairs.
- South Korean Scandal Edges Closer to President VOA 03 Nov 2016 -- South Korean prosecutors detained a former advisor of President Park Geun-hye as part of a growing influence-peddling investigation.
- North Korea Keeps Focus on South's Government Scandal VOA 03 Nov 2016 -- As the South Korean presidency teeters on the brink of collapse thanks to a growing influence-peddling scandal, North Korea has so far refrained from taking any significant provocative actions.
- South Korean Coast Guard Fires Machine Guns Toward Chinese Fishing Boats Sputnik 03 Nov 2016 -- In a sign of its increasingly aggressive posture, South Korea fired toward Chinese fishing vessels off the Korean Peninsula.
- Former secretary to S. Korean president summoned for alleged involvement in scandal People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- An Jong-beom, former secretary to South Korean President Park Geun-hye, was summoned by prosecutors on Wednesday for his alleged involvement in a scandal.
- S.Korean president's cabinet reshuffle boycotted by opposition parties People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday reshuffled the cabinet by appointing a figure in the opposition bloc as new prime minister, but opposition parties agreed to boycott parliamentary hearing for new appointments citing lack of communications with the parliament.
- S.Korean president reshuffles cabinet amid controversial scandal People's Daily 02 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday reshuffled the cabinet, naming new prime minister, deputy minister for economic affairs and public safety minister amid a controversial scandal surrounding her longtime confidante, Park's office said.
- South Korean president's confidante faces detention Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- Prosecutors in South Korea have requested an arrest warrant for Choi Soon-sil, President Park Geun-hye's long-time friend, as Park's popularity plunges over allegations of favoritism.
- South Korea announces new premier, finance minister amid Park scandal Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- South Korea has named a new prime minister and finance minister amid a political scandal concerning President Park Geun-hye allegedly letting a close friend meddle in state affairs.
- South Korea 'Shaman Gate': President's State Policy Decided by Cult Sputnik 02 Nov 2016 -- The unprecedented political scandal threatening to unseat South Korea's President Park Geun-hye is gathering pace.
- South Korea coast guard opens fire on Chinese fishing boats Press TV 02 Nov 2016 -- South Korean coast guard vessels have opened fire on Chinese trawlers allegedly fishing illegally off South Korea's coast, prompting Beijing to censure Seoul.
- South Korea arrests president's confidante at center of scandal Press TV 01 Nov 2016 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye's longtime friend has been held for a second day of questioning after being detained over alleged corruption and influence-peddling.
- S Korean President's Confidante Detained Amid 'Shadow Adviser' Scandal Sputnik 01 Nov 2016 -- South Korean prosecutors placed a presidential associate, Choi Soon-sil, in emergency detention as she had been accused of interference with governmental affairs, and are expected to decide on issuing a warrant for her formal arrest.
- News Analysis: Scandal of S. Korean president's confidante to transform political landscape Xinhua 01 Nov 2016 -- A political scandal surrounding a longtime confidante of President Park Geun-hye derailed South Korea, heralding a big upheaval in the political landscape and in the dynamics of presidential election scheduled for next December.e
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