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August 2019 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- Tokyo Lodges Protest With Seoul Over South Korean Lawmakers' Visit to Disputed Islands Sputnik 31 Aug 2019 -- Kenji Kanasugi, the director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, on Saturday lodged a protest with Seoul over of the visit of South Korean lawmakers to the disputed Liancourt Rocks islands.
- Disputes Between U.S. Allies Hinder Indo-Pacific Security Cooperation DoD News 28 Aug 2019 -- South Korea's announcement that it will not renew an information-sharing agreement with Japan when it expires in November complicates the ability of the United States to continue its trilateral security cooperation with both countries, a senior Defense Department official said.
- S. Korea-Japan Feud Opens Region to Security Challenges From China, Russia - Pentagon Sputnik 28 Aug 2019 -- A unilateral decision by South Korea to terminate a military intelligence-sharing pact with Japan leaves northeast Asia vulnerable to security challenges from China, Russia and North Korea, Assistant US Defence Secretary for Indo-Pacific Security Randall Schriver said.
- South Korea Analyzes Seawater for Nuclear Waste Contamination from North Korean Uranium Mine Radio Free Asia 28 Aug 2019 -- The government of South Korea is conducting analyses on seawater samples taken from the Yellow sea, situated west of the Korean peninsula, after a report by RFA's Korean Service raised the possibility of radioactive waste from a uranium mine in North Korea flowing into the sea.
- Republic of Korea - MK-54 Lightweight Torpedoes DSCA 27 Aug 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of thirty-one (31) MK 54 All Up Round lightweight torpedoes with support for an estimated cost of $72 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 27, 2019.
- Seoul Expands Drills Near Disputed Islets on Final Day in Show of Force to Tokyo - Reports Sputnik 26 Aug 2019 -- South Korea is holding the second and final day of its drills in the area of the Liancourt Rocks islands, which are disputed by Japan, by doubling the forces involved in what is seen as a major show of force amid growing tensions with Tokyo, the Yonhap news agency reported.
- US Forces' Risks Rise After Seoul Refused Exchanging Intelligence With Tokyo - State Dept Sputnik 26 Aug 2019 -- The decision of the South Korean authorities to stop the exchange of intelligence with Japan complicates the protection of South Korea for the United States and increases the risks for the US forces, US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said on Monday.
- South Korea kicks off drills around disputed island, draws ire from Japan Press TV 25 Aug 2019 -- South Korea has staged military drills around a remote pacific island also claimed by Japan, prompting a protest from Tokyo in a move that could further stoke tensions between the two Asian neighbors.
- Japan Sends Protest to South Korea Over Military Exercises Near Disputed Islands - Reports Sputnik 25 Aug 2019 -- The government of Japan protested to South Korea in connection with the military exercises in the area of the Liancourt Rocks islands, disputed by Tokyo and Seoul, the Kyodo news agency reported, citing sources in Japanese diplomatic circles.
- South Korea Begins Drills Near Disputed Islands VOA 25 Aug 2019 -- South Korea has begun two days of war games near a set of disputed islands that are also claimed by Japan.
- Seoul's Decision to End Intelligence-Sharing Pact Could Backfire VOA 24 Aug 2019 -- Seoul's decision to end a military intelligence pact with Tokyo could have far-reaching consequences that could put its own security at risk, reducing its ability to defend against potential North Korean aggression, experts say.
- South Korea to Share Intelligence With Japan via Three-Way Channel Involving US - Official Sputnik 23 Aug 2019 -- Earlier, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that Japan still expects South Korea to keep its promises on the contentious issue of wartime forced labour and to work to rebuild trust after South Korea's decision to scrap a deal to share military intelligence.
- South Korea Scrapping Intel Pact Strains US Alliance, Analysts Warn VOA 23 Aug 2019 -- South Korea's decision to end a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan won't necessarily have an immediate impact on regional security, but the move could challenge the U.S.-South Korea alliance at a particularly tense moment, analysts warn.
- Abe: Seoul's Ending of Intelligence Deal Damages Mutual Trust VOA 23 Aug 2019 -- Japan's prime minister said Friday that South Korea's decision to end a military intelligence sharing deal with Tokyo damages mutual trust.
- S. Korea to quit military intel-sharing pact with Japan ARIRANG 22 Aug 2019 -- South Korean government says it will leave the military intelligence sharing pact with Japan. This announcement likely to have a big impact on the badly strained relations between Seoul and Tokyo over what started out as a trade row.
- South Korea set to terminate intelligence-sharing pact with Japan Press TV 22 Aug 2019 -- South Korea has announced that it would scrap a key intelligence-sharing pact with Japan, a decision that could escalate a dispute over trade and undercut security cooperation on North Korea.
- Pentagon Alarmed as South Korea Scraps Military Intel Deal with Japan Amid Rising Tensions Sputnik 22 Aug 2019 -- Earlier on Thursday, Japan's Foreign Ministry summoned South Korean ambassador to Japan Nam Gwan-pyo to protest Seoul's decision to terminate the military intelligence agreement.
- South Korea to Scrap Military Intel Sharing Deal with Japan VOA 22 Aug 2019 -- In an escalation of its bitter dispute with Japan, South Korea decided Thursday to scrap a military intelligence sharing agreement with Tokyo, opening a new divide in trilateral security cooperation between the U.S., Japan, and South Korea.
- S.Korea to end intelligence pact with Japan NHK 22 Aug 2019 -- The South Korean government says it is not going to renew an agreement on the sharing of military intelligence. Bilateral relations have been souring over various issues including trade and wartime labor.
- Tokyo Summons S. Korean Ambassador Over Seoul's Decision to Scrap Intelligence Agreement Sputnik 22 Aug 2019 -- Relations between Seoul and Tokyo have been under strain after a South Korean court ruled in June that Japanese companies must provide compensation to victims of forced labour during the Japanese occupation from 1910-1945.
- DPRK Foreign Ministry Denounces S. Korean Authorities KCNA 22 Aug 2019 -- A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea issued the following press statement on Thursday:
- DPRK warns S. Korea of new cold war People's Daily 22 Aug 2019 -- PYONGYANG, Aug. 22 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned Thursday that "dangerous and unusual military moves" by South Korea and the United States would trigger a new cold war on the Korean Peninsula.
- Seoul Undecided on Extension of Military Information Pact With Tokyo Amid Bilateral Row Sputnik 21 Aug 2019 -- Ties between Japan and South Korea took a turn for the worse after the latter's top court ruled that a number of Japanese companies could be sued for their use of forced labour during WW II. Japan has protested the decision, claiming that the 1965 agreement had resolved the issue of damages once and for all.
- S.Korea, U.S. end joint military exercises People's Daily 20 Aug 2019 -- The combined forces of South Korea and the United States ended their weekslong joint annual military exercises on Tuesday as scheduled, according to local media reports.
- In South Korea, a Small But Notable Backlash Against Trump VOA 20 Aug 2019 -- It's no secret U.S. President Donald Trump can sometimes be nicer to his country's perceived enemies than its friends. But Trump's unorthodox negotiating style appears to be wearing thin in South Korea, especially among conservatives, who are increasingly willing to criticize the U.S. leader.
- DPRK fires 2 short-range projectiles off east coast: S.Korea People's Daily 16 Aug 2019 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday fired two unidentified short-range projectiles off its east coast, according to South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS).
- North Korea test fires two more missiles after rejecting talks with South Press TV 16 Aug 2019 -- South Korea says Pyongyang has fired two missiles into the sea off its eastern coast, shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un rejected any further talks with Seoul over a recent joint military exercise with the US.
- Seoul Claims DPRK Fired Two 'Unidentified Projectiles' - Report Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- Since late July, Pyongyang has carried out a number of tests of what are reportedly short-range ballistic missiles. The latest launch reportedly occurred amid the ongoing South Korean-US joint military drills, which kicked off on 5 August and will last through 20 August.
- North Korea Fires More Weapons; Criticizes South Korea VOA 16 Aug 2019 -- North Korea has launched a fresh round of short-range weapons into the sea off its east coast, South Korea's military reported - Pyongyang's latest apparent outburst of anger at continued U.S.-South Korean military drills.
- S Korean Unification Ministry Says North's Criticism of Moon Runs Counter to Joint Deals Sputnik 16 Aug 2019 -- Pyongyang's criticism of South Korean President Moon Jae-in harms inter-Korean relations and runs counter to agreements reached at the bilateral summits held last year, a deputy spokesperson for South Korea's Unification Ministry said Friday.
- S. Korean Chief Executive Blasted for His Anti-DPRK Remarks KCNA 16 Aug 2019 -- A spokesperson for the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country made public a statement on Aug. 16.
- South Korea's Moon vows reunification with North by 2045 Press TV 15 Aug 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has vowed to work toward the reunification of the two Koreas by 2045.
- South Korea's Moon Vows to Seek Reunification With North Korea by 2045 Sputnik 15 Aug 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday promised to make efforts to reunite with North Korea by 2045.
- South Korean President Calls for Speedy Resumption of US-DPRK Denuclearization Talks Sputnik 15 Aug 2019 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday called on Seoul, Pyongyang and Washington to quickly reconvene working meetings between the United States and North Korea as part of their denuclearization dialogue.
- South Korea Vows to Beef Up Military Capabilities Amid North Korean Launches Sputnik 14 Aug 2019 -- South Korea intends to boost its defence spending over the next years, the country's defense ministry said on Wednesday, Yonhap News Agency reported amid alleged repeated missile tests by North Korea.
- US missile deployment to South Korea 'reckless act:' North Press TV 14 Aug 2019 -- North Korea has warned against a potential move by the United States to deploy ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in South Korea, saying such a move would spark "a new Cold War" between the regional powers.
- South Korea to Deploy New Batch of Troops to Gulf of Aden - Reports Sputnik 13 Aug 2019 -- South Korea is due to sent 300 additional troops to the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia, Yonhap News Agency reported on Tuesday as speculations continue about possible Seoul's mission in the Strait of Hormuz near Iran.
- Amid Stalled Talks and Missile Tests, South Korea Feeling the Heat VOA 13 Aug 2019 -- Talks with North Korea are stalled yet again. Pyongyang has ramped up its ballistic missile launches. And in the United States, the leading contender to challenge President Donald Trump is threatening a tougher approach toward Kim Jong Un.
- South Korea Capable of Countering Missiles Tested by Pyongyang - Seoul Sputnik 12 Aug 2019 -- The South Korean Armed Forces are capable of countering the short-range missiles that are now being tested by North Korea, a spokesperson for the South Korean presidential administration said on Monday.
- Trump calls US-South Korea military exercises 'ridiculous and expensive' Press TV 10 Aug 2019-- US President Donald Trump has called the US-South Korea military exercises "ridiculous and expensive exercises," and said that he will meet with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un in the "not too distant future".
- Readout of the Defense Ministerial Meeting Between the Republic of Korea and the United States DoD 09 Aug 2019
- US Defense Secretary Vows Close Collaboration with South Korea VOA 09 Aug 2019 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday the U.S. and South Korea share a "vision of a peaceful" Korean Peninsula and declared the two allies would keep collaborating on North Korea and other issues.
- Trump Shares Kim's Opposition to US-South Korea War Games VOA 09 Aug 2019 -- Shortly after the top military leaders in the U.S. and South Korea preached closer cooperation on multiple issues confronting Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump sided with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in his opposition to U.S.-South Korean war games.
- Experts: US-South Korea Pare Military Exercises as North Korea Remains Threat VOA 08 Aug 2019 -- Dialing back annual joint summer U.S.-South Korea military drills runs counter to North Korea's continued missile launches and lack of denuclearization, said experts pointing to the computer simulation training unaccompanied by field combat exercises that is underway.
- Republic of Korea - MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with Support DSCA 07 Aug 2019 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of MH-60R Multi-Mission Helicopters with support for an estimated cost of $800 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale on August 7, 2019.
- South Korea agrees to pay more money to US, Trump announces Press TV 07 Aug 2019 -- South Korea "has agreed to pay substantially more money" to the United States "to defend itself" from North Korea, US President Donald Trump has announced.
- Trump Says South Korea Agreed to Pay 'More Money' to US to 'Defend Itself From North Korea' Sputnik 07 Aug 2019 -- Earlier, the United States and South Korea agreed to hold "reasonable and fair" discussions on sharing the cost for maintaining the US force stationed in South Korea.
- Trump Says South Korea to Pay 'Substantially More' for US Troops VOA 07 Aug 2019 -- U.S. President Donald Trump says South Korea has agreed to "substantially" increase its share of the cost of the U.S. troop presence in South Korea.
- South Korea Has 'No Plan' to Host US Missiles; China Angry Over Proposed US Deployment in Asia Sputnik 06 Aug 2019 -- The statement comes as Beijing warned of its retaliation against the US' drive to deploy its intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region after Washington's withdrawal from the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on 2 August.
- Washington, Seoul Begin Military Exercises With Zero Fanfare to Avoid Angering N Korea - Reports Sputnik 06 Aug 2019 -- The United States and South Korea began their annual military exercises without any official statement to avoid angering Pyongyang, US media reported.
- S.Korea, U.S. begin joint annual military exercises People's Daily 05 Aug 2019 -- The combined forces of South Korea and the United States "actually" began their joint annual military exercises on Monday amid the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s harsh criticism against it, according to local media reports.
- US, South Korea begin joint military drills despite North Korea's warning Press TV 05 Aug 2019 -- The United States and South Korea have begun their annual joint military exercise despite North Korea's warning that doing so would jeopardize the denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang.
- South Korea blasts Japan's economic war amid deepening trade dispute Press TV 03 Aug 2019 -- South Korea has blasted Japan as "selfish nuisance" after Tokyo removed Seoul from its list of top trading partners, amid an escalating trade dispute linked to persisting historical tensions.
- Joint Drills With South Korea Still On Despite DPRK Missile Tests - US Official Sputnik 02 Aug 2019 -- The US plans to carry out joint military exercises with South Korea this month, a senior US defense official confirmed Wednesday, despite several North Korean missile launches over the past couple of weeks.
- US, South Korea to ignore North's warnings on joint drills Press TV 01 Aug 2019 -- The United States will proceed with plans to hold a joint military drill with South Korea despite warnings by North Korea, which deems the military cooperation as detrimental to denuclearization talks.
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