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January 2017 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- U.S., S.Korea defense chiefs reaffirm THAAD deployment People's Daily 31 Jan 2017 -- Defense chiefs of South Korea and the United States on Tuesday reaffirmed the bilateral agreement to deploy the U.S. missile shield, called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), in South Korean soil.
- US reaffirms commitment to THAAD plan in South Korea Press TV 31 Jan 2017 -- South Korea and the US have pledged to push ahead with their plan to deploy a missile system which has sparked strong opposition from China and Russia.
- Washington and Seoul Maintain Different Approaches to Showdown With North Korea Sputnik 30 Jan 2017 -- A recent White House press release didn't confirm that a consensus had been reached between the US and South Korean Presidents on Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) during their telephone conversation on January 30, according to Sputnik Korea.
- Pyongyang's Nuclear, Missile Provocations Pose Threat to Seoul - S.Korea DM Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo stated that Pyongyang's missile threat against the Seoul metropolitan area where key facilities and population are concentrated is directly linked to the South Korea's security.
- South Korea Finalizes Deployment of 36 Newest Apache Helicopters Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- South Korea has finished the deployment of 36 US-built Apache attack helicopters of the latest model, local media reported Friday citing a military source.
- Another Threat: North Korea Warns of Retaliation Over US-Seoul War Drills Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- After South Korea and the US conducted joint military drills in Pyeongchang this week, North Korea threatened retaliation to what it labeled "mad cap mid-winter" exercises. Beginning January 15 and ending February 3, the drills come amid speculation that the North will again defy UN sanctions by conducting another missile test.
- US Apache Attack Helicopters Enter Service on Korean Peninsula Sputnik 27 Jan 2017 -- South Korea's Kiowa Warrior helicopters have conducted their final exercises before being replaced by US-built Apaches. On Wednesday the Vietnam War-era warcraft carried out maneuvers at the Rodriguez Live Fire Range military base. In a joint exercise with M1A2 Abrams tanks and AH-64 Apaches, the helicopters attacked stationary targets.
- South Korea mulls taking China to WTO over THAAD 'retaliation' Press TV 26 Jan 2017 -- A South Korean Foreign Ministry official says Seoul is considering countermeasures against what it says is Chinese retaliation for Seoul's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced US missile system on Korean soil.
- S Koreans' Support for Preemptive Strike Against Pyongyang Rises 6.6% Since 2013 Sputnik 26 Jan 2017 -- Support for a preemptive strike against North Korea has risen among South Koreans from 36.6 percent in 2013 to 43.2 percent, a poll revealed on Thursday.
- Trump Uncertainty Fuels South Korea Nuclear Talk VOA 25 Jan 2017 -- Some South Korean conservatives are citing President Donald Trump's past statements on reducing U.S. security commitments in Asia to argue that their nation must now prepare its own nuclear option to defend against the growing North Korean nuclear threat.
- South Korea says can't delay THAAD deployment, cites 'imminent' threat from North Press TV 23 Jan 2017 -- South Korea says it cannot delay the deployment of an American missile system in the face of the "imminent" threat posed by North Korea's advancing nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
- South Korea Reaffirms THAAD Deployment Despite Growing Opposition VOA 23 Jan 2017 -- Amid reports that China may be bringing economic retribution against South Korea for the deployment of Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD), Seoul vowed a swift deployment of the U.S. anti-missile system.
- South Korean media claims expansion of China's restrictions due to THAAD deployment People's Daily 22 Jan 2017 -- South Korea's Seoul Broadcasting System quoted an insider from Lotte Group on Jan. 21 stating that Lotte would hold a board meeting after Spring Festival to approve relevant agreements about the deployment site of its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, the Global Times reported.
- US military holds naval drills with S Korea, Japan to counter N Korea Press TV 21 Jan 2017 -- The US military starts joint naval missile-defense drills with South Korea and Japan to counter the "growing threat" posed by North Korea.
- S.Korea, U.S., Japan to hold joint maritime drills against DPRK missiles People's Daily 20 Jan 2017 -- South Korea, the United States and Japan will hold joint maritime drills this week to enhance capability to detect and trail ballistic missiles from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Yonhap news agency reported on Friday citing South Korea's navy.
- Japan, S Korea, US Conduct Military Drills to Counter N. Korea's Missile Threat Sputnik 20 Jan 2017 -- Japan, South Korea and the United States are conducting military drills on January 20-22 to prepare for a potential missile launch from the territory of North Korea, media reported Friday, citing a source in the South Korean military.
- Samsung Indictment Reversed in Setback for South Korean Impeachment Trial VOA 18 Jan 2017 -- A South Korean court Thursday dismissed an arrest warrant request for the head of the Samsung Group, in a case that could affect the impeachment trial of President Park Geun-hye.
- South Korea Slams Japan's Repeated Territorial Claims to Dokdo Islets Sputnik 17 Jan 2017 -- The South Korean Foreign Ministry called on Japan on Tuesday to stop its claims to the disputed Dokdo islets, known as Takeshima in Japan, which both countries claim ownership of.
- Suspicions of economic retaliation policies against THAAD agreement further sours Korea-China relations ARIRANG 16 Jan 2017 -- Suspicions of economic retaliation policies against THAAD agreement further sours Korea-China relations
- THAAD economic retaliations? ARIRANG 16 Jan 2017 -- Since Korea and the U.S. announced in July that they had reached an agreement to deploy THAAD on the Korean peninsula, China has opposed the decision.
- Contract on THAAD deployment site may be delayed: S.Korean military People's Daily 16 Jan 2017 -- Contract between South Korean military and Lotte Group to exchange military land for a golf course to deploy a US missile shield may be delayed, Seoul's defense ministry said Monday.
- Lotte Group Delays Acquisition of THAAD Deployment Site in South Korea Sputnik 16 Jan 2017 -- The acquisition of a site for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) by the South Korean military from the Lotte Group has been delayed due to administrative proceedings, a Lotte Group official said Monday.
- THAAD is Becoming a South Korean Election Issue VOA 16 Jan 2017 -- A deepening partisan divide over the deployment of the controversial U.S. THAAD missile defense system is becoming a key national security issue in South Korea's emerging presidential race.
- China, Russia work out 'countermeasures' against THAAD deployment in S Korea Press TV 13 Jan 2017 -- China and Russia have reportedly agreed to take new "countermeasures" against the United States' decision to install an advanced missile system in South Korea.
- Opposition to THAAD deployment "understandable": Chinese FM People's Daily 13 Jan 2017 -- It is understandable for China and regional countries to take necessary countermeasures to the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) deployment due to reasonable security concerns, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.
- China, Russia Promise 'Countermeasures' To U.S.-Korean Defense System RFE/RL 13 Jan 2017 -- China and Russia have expressed concern about a U.S. plan to deploy an antimissile system in South Korea and vowed to take unspecified "countermeasures," state media reported.
- South 'to protest Chinese retaliation over THAAD deployment' Press TV 12 Jan 2017 -- South Korea says it may formally protest to China over actions perceived to have been taken in retaliation for Seoul's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced US missile system on its territory.
- Former UN Secretary-General Pivots Toward South Korean Presidential Bid VOA 12 Jan 2017 -- Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon arrived back home Thursday in South Korea amid mounting expectations that he will run for president.
- South Korean president's friend snubs trial Press TV 10 Jan 2017 -- South Korean President Park Geun-hye's longtime confidante, who is embroiled along with her in a massive corruption scandal, has not turned up to testify at Park's impeachment trial.
- China Frequently Breached S Korean Air Defense Identification Zone in 2016 Sputnik 10 Jan 2017 -- Chinese military aircraft breached the Korean Air Defense Identification Zone (KADIZ) on numerous occasions last year, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Tuesday.
- International Pressure Building on South Korea During Impeachment Turmoil VOA 10 Jan 2017 -- Diplomatic tensions are on the rise between South Korea and important powers in the region at a time when the government in Seoul has been weakened and divided by the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye.
- Ambiguous THAAD photos cause unease in China People's Daily 09 Jan 2017 -- Chinese netizens have expressed discomfort with photos depicting Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptors targeting the Chinese national flag. Eight such photos have appeared in Yonhap News Agency reports within half a year.e
- S. Korea closely monitoring DPRK's possible test-launch of long-range missile People's Daily 09 Jan 2017 -- South Korea's defense ministry said Monday that its military is closely watching whether the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would possibly test-launch its long-range missile.
- China taking indirect retaliatory action against THAAD deployment in S Korea: Seoul Press TV 06 Jan 2017 -- South Korea says China is taking "indirect action" against Seoul's months-long decision to deploy a US advanced missile system on its territory.
- Key Outcomes of the U.S.-Japan-R.O.K. Trilateral Vice Foreign Ministerial Meetings US Dept. of State 05 Jan 2017 -- The following is a joint fact sheet on the key outcomes of the U.S.-Japan-ROK trilateral vice foreign ministerial meetings
- China urges proper settlement with ROK on THAAD issue People's Daily 05 Jan 2017 -- China on Thursday urged communication with the Republic of Korea (ROK) to find a proper solution to the ROK's deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system, the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).
- S.Korea re-affirms THAAD deployment as planned People's Daily 05 Jan 2017 -- South Korea on Thursday re-affirmed its position to deploy a U.S. missile defense system in its soil as planned despite strong opposition from neighboring countries.
- China reiterates opposition to US deployment of THAAD in South Korea Press TV 05 Jan 2017 -- A senior Chinese official has reiterated Beijing's opposition to a US deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to South Korea.
- China Hopes to Find Settlement With South Korea Over THAAD Deployment Sputnik 05 Jan 2017 -- Beijing hopes to resolve the THAAD deployment issue with South Korea through dialogue.
- South Korea Constitutional Court holds hearings in president's impeachment trial Press TV 05 Jan 2017 -- The Constitutional Court in South Korea is continuing hearings in the impeachment trial of the country's President Park Geun-hye over a major corruption scandal.
- Understanding South Korea's 'Upside Down' Impeachment Process VOA 05 Jan 2017 -- In South Korea the process for removing a democratically elected leader from office seems to be to impeach first and ask questions later.
- S. Korea vows to maintain pressure, sanctions on DPRK in 2017 People's Daily 04 Jan 2017 -- South Korea's unification ministry in charge of inter-Korean affairs vowed Wednesday to maintain a policy of pressure and sanctions toward the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in 2017.
- South Korea's Park refuses to testify in impeachment hearing Press TV 03 Jan 2017 -- South Korea's Constitutional Court has delayed the first hearing on the impeachment of President Park Geun-hye after she refused to appear and testify in the trial over a corruption scandal.
- South Korean Opposition Lawmakers to Discuss THAAD Deployment With Beijing Sputnik 02 Jan 2017 -- Eight South Korean lawmakers from the country's main opposition Democratic Party of Korea (DPK), including presidential-hopeful Moon Jae-in, will visit China on Wednesday for a three-day visit in an attempt to ease tensions with Beijing over the planned deployment of US missile defense systems in South Korea, one of the delegates said on Monday.
- South Korean Plane Accidentally Drops Missiles, Torpedoes Into Sea Near Japan Sputnik 01 Jan 2017 -- A South Korean naval aircraft dropped anti-ship missiles, torpedoes and other weapons while flying over the East Sea, local media reported, citing the military.
- South Korea's Park Denies Corruption Allegations VOA 01 Jan 2017 -- South Korea's impeached president held a rare meeting with reporters Sunday to deny allegations that she colluded with her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil to extort money and favors from Korean conglomerates.
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