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August 2018 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- South Korea to dispatch special envoys to North to prepare for summit Press TV 31 Aug 2018 -- South Korea will send special envoys to North Korea's capital, Pyongyang, on Wednesday to discuss the details of next month's summit between the leaders of the two countries, a presidential spokesman says.
- South Korea Proposes Reclassifying North Korean Abductees as Missing VOA 31 Aug 2018 -- A proposed South Korean law to reclassify abductees held in the North as "missing persons," is drawing strong criticism from human rights advocates.
- South and North Koreas Prepare for Summit VOA 31 Aug 2018 -- South Korea is sending a special envoy to North Korea next week to discuss the arrangements for a third summit between the two countries' leaders.
- Statement by Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis on US-ROK military exercises DoD 30 Aug 2018 -- "The Department of Defense suspended three individual military exercises in order to provide space for our diplomats to negotiate the verifiable, irreversible and complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula."
- Pentagon says no change on U.S. military posture regarding Korean Peninsula People's Daily 30 Aug 2018 -- U.S. Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said on Wednesday that the United States has not changed its military posture regarding the Korean Peninsula after the historic meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, in June.
- Russia, South Korea Agree Air Force Hotline After Trespass Claims Sputnik 30 Aug 2018 -- The communication channel was discussed Tuesday after South Korea accused Russian aircraft of flying in July through its air defense identification zone.
- Seoul Protests Chinese Plane Getting on S Korea's Anti-Aircraft Radars Sputnik 29 Aug 2018 -- Seoul on Wednesday expressed protest against Chinese plane getting on South Korea's anti-aircraft radars, the South Korean Defense Ministry said.
- Mattis: No Decision on Fate of Korean Peninsula Exercises VOA 29 Aug 2018 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday clarified his previous statements on the fate of additional large-scale exercises on the Korean Peninsula, leaving open the possibility of future cancellations.
- Trump: No Need for Expensive War Games with South Korea Sputnik 30 Aug 2018 -- A statement released by the White House on Tuesday affirmed that US President Donald Trump doesn't believe joint war games with South Korea are necessary at present time and that China is placing a "tremendous" amount of pressure on North Korea as Washington and Pyongyang continue delicate negotiations.
- S. Korean gov't plans to spend more than $42 bil. on national defense in year 2019 ARIRANG 28 Aug 2018 -- The Moon Jae-in administration has decided to allocate about 42 billion U.S. dollars next year on the nation's defense budget.
- US has no plans to suspend more military exercises with South Korea: Mattis Press TV 28 Aug 2018 -- US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said the United States has no plans to suspend more military joint exercises with South Korea, months after the US military indefinitely suspended major maneuvers with the Asian country.
- S Korean President May Encourage Kim to Negotiate With US - Reports Sputnik 26 Aug 2018 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in may help advance talks between Washington and Pyongyang by acting as a mediator during his visit to North Korea for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in fall, the Yonhap News Agency reported citing an official from the presidential office.
- Reunion of Separated Families and Relatives from North and South Ends KCNA 26 Aug 2018 -- There ended the reunion of separated families and relatives from the north and the south held at Mt Kumgang Resort as part of practical measures for implementing the historic Panmunjom declaration.
- Ex-South Korean President Jail Term Increased to 25 Years Sputnik 24 Aug 2018 -- The South Korean appeal court on Friday extended ex-president Park Geun-hye's prison sentence in a case arising from a corruption scandal that led to mass protests and her dismissal in 2017.
- Separated Families and Relatives from North and South Meet KCNA 22 Aug 2018 -- There takes place a reunion of separated families and relatives from the north and the south at Mt Kumgang Resort as part of the practical measures being taken to implement the Panmunjom declaration.
- 'Leakage' of Coal From North to South Korea Worries Experts VOA 21 Aug 2018 -- Following Seoul's announcement that South Korean companies have illegally imported North Korean coal, U.S. experts are worried about North Korean trade that contravenes international sanctions.
- S Korea Plans to Remove Nearly Ten Guard Posts at Border With N Korea – Minister Sputnik 21 Aug 2018 -- South Korea is planning to close nearly 10 guard posts in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) as part of efforts aimed at reducing military tensions with North Korea, the Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday citing South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo.
- UN chief welcomes event reuniting families on the Korean Peninsula UN News 21 Aug 2018 -- The decision to allow scores of people from South Korea to reunite with their relatives north of the border has been welcomed by the UN Secretary-General.
- Seoul, Pyongyang Fully Restore Military Communication Line - Defense Ministry Sputnik 15 Aug 2018 -- North and South Korea have fully restored their military communication line, which includes a telephone and fax machine, as part of the two states' efforts to boost bilateral ties, as agreed at an inter-Korean summit in April, the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.
- Seoul Intends to Establish Single Economic Community With Pyongyang - Reports Sputnik 15 Aug 2018 -- South Korea's President Moon Jae-in said Wednesday his planned third summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un next month would be another step towards the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and an end to the 1950-53 Korean War.
- Russia, China block US bid for North Korea sanctions Press TV 10 Aug 2018 -- Russia and China have blocked a US request to add a Russian bank to a UN sanctions blacklist along with a North Korean official.
- Three S Korean Firms Buying N Korean Coal May Have Violated Sanctions – Reports Sputnik 10 Aug 2018 -- Three South Korean companies may have violated the UN Security Council resolutions against North Korea by importing the latter's coal and pig iron, Yonhap news agency reported Friday, citing the Korea Customs Office (KCS).
- S. Korea: N. Korean Coal, Iron Illegally Entered Its Ports VOA 10 Aug 2018 -- South Korea said Friday three South Korean companies apparently violated United Nations sanctions by importing nearly 35,000 tons of coal and iron worth nearly $6 million from the North last year.
- S.Korea, DPRK to hold high-level talks on Aug. 13 People's Daily 09 Aug 2018 -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed Thursday to hold high-level talks on Aug. 13 at the border village of Panmunjom, according to Seoul's unification ministry.
- Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-Wha US Dept. of State 04 Aug 2018
- Japan Slams South Korea for Sending Its Ship to Disputed Islands Sputnik 03 Aug 2018 -- Tokyo filed a protest with Seoul on Friday over a ship researching waters around a group of South Korea's tiny islets contested by Japan, cabinet spokesman Yoshihide Suga said.
- Inter-Korean Conventional Military Reductions Tied to Denuclearization VOA 01 Aug 2018 -- Inter-Korean military talks have so far yielded trust building measures, but no significant reductions in troops or artillery at the border
- North-South General-Level Military Talks Held KCNA 01 Aug 2018 -- The north-south general-level military talks took place at the "House of Peace" in the south side portion of Panmunjom on Tuesday to implement the Panmunjom Declaration.
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