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November 2019 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- S.Korea's nuke envoy holds phone talks with U.S., Japanese envoys after DPRK's projectile test-firing People's Daily 29 Nov 2019 -- South Korea's top nuclear envoy held phone talks with his U.S. and Japanese counterparts after the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s test-firing of short-range projectiles, Yonhap news agency reported Friday citing Seoul's foreign ministry.
- N. Korea fired two projectiles towards East Sea: S. Korea's JCS Arirang 28 Nov 2019 -- We begin with North Korea’s latest provocationThe reclusive regime fired off two projectiles into the East Sea this afternoon which comes in less than a month since its last projectile tests.
- South Korea Files Complaint to North Korea Over Artilery Drill near NLL Radio Free Asia 26 Nov 2019 -- South Korea sent a complaint to North Korea Tuesday in response to the North conducting artillery drills Monday near the inter-Korean maritime border in waters west of the Korean peninsula.
- Seoul Enraged as Tokyo Denies its Side of the GSOMIA Bargain KBS World Radio 25 Nov 2019 -- While announcing last week its decision to postpone the expiration of GSOMIA, an intel-sharing pact with Japan, Seoul explained that arrangements had also been made to discuss export control measures the island neighbor erected against South Korea's private tech sector.
- S.Korea expresses regret over DPRK's artillery firing drills in border island People's Daily 25 Nov 2019 -- South Korea expressed regret Monday over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s artillery firing drills in an inter-Korean border island.
- S. Korea decides to conditionally suspend expiry of GSOMIA with Japan People's Daily 24 Nov 2019 -- South Korea's presidential Blue House decided on Friday to conditionally suspend the expiry of a military intelligence-sharing accord with Japan, called the General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA).
- South Korea Asks US to Help Resolve Crisis in Relations With Japan Sputnik 23 Nov 2019 -- South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha has asked the United States to facilitate normalisation of relations between Seoul and Tokyo, the ministry said on Saturday.
- S.Korea says GSOMIA can be scrapped at 'any time' NHK 23 Nov 2019 -- A South Korean presidential official says the country's decision to avert the termination of an intelligence-sharing pact with Japan comes with conditions attached.
- S. Korean lawmakers tell U.S. they can't accept hefty hike in defense costs ARIRANG 22 Nov 2019 -- Amid a tug-of-war between South Korea and the U.S. over their share of the defense costs for next year, South Korean lawmakers have made their way to the U.S. to say Seoul can't accept a drastic increase in its share of the costs.
- Seoul to Save GSOMIA Intel-Sharing Pact with Japan KBS 22 Nov 2019 -- Just six hours before the expiration of the General Security of Military Information Agreement(GSOMIA) with Japan, South Korea announced that it will not let the deal expire on Friday at midnight. The uncertain fate of GSOMIA has been an indicator of the deteriorating relations between Seoul and Tokyo.
- South Korea Cancels Coast Guard Drills With Japan Amid Deterioration of Relations - Reports Sputnik 22 Nov 2019 -- South Korea has cancelled its planned coast guard drills with Japan aimed at preventing maritime accidents, the NHK broadcaster reported on Friday, citing a regional coast guard base amid a spiralling political and trade row between Seoul and Tokyo.
- Pentagon Rejects Report US Pulling Forces From South Korea VOA 21 Nov 2019 -- The Pentagon is rejecting a report that the United States is preparing to pull military forces from South Korea.
- Pentagon Dismisses Reports of US Troop Withdrawal from South Korea If Seoul Rejects Spending Hike Sputnik 21 Nov 2019 -- The report comes days after talks on defence cooperation between the US and South Korea were cut short for unspecified reasons, with neither side making any official comment on the matter.
- Houthis release all crew, vessels seized in Red Sea: South Korea Press TV 20 Nov 2019 -- South Korea says all the crew members and the three vessels seized earlier by Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah movement in the Red Sea have been released.
- S Korean Foreign Ministry Official Says Vessels Seized by Houthis Include 2 S Korean Ships - Report Sputnik 19 Nov 2019 -- Yemen's armed Houthi political opposition movement earlier captured three vessels in the Red Sea that were reportedly towing a drilling rig belonging to a South Korean company.
- US-South Korea military cost-sharing talks collapse Press TV 19 Nov 2019 -- The latest round of military cost-sharing talks between South Korea and the United States has collapsed, in a rare public disagreement in the 66-year-old alliance between the two countries.
- Seoul, Washington Cease Talks on Hosting US Military Over Trump's $5 Billion Demand Sputnik 19 Nov 2019 -- The second day of defense talks between the US and South Korea came to a screeching halt on Tuesday after officials were unable to see eye-to-eye on Washington's financial demands concerning Seoul's hosting of tens of thousands of US troops.
- Two-day talks come to abrupt close amid wide differences between S. Korea, U.S. ARIRANG 19 Nov 2019 -- Negotiations between South Korea and the U.S. on sharing the cost of stationing American troops on the Korean Peninsula came to an abrupt close with the two sides far apart on the issue.
- S. Korea, US Negotiators Fail to Agree on Alliance Cost Sharing KBS World Radio 19 Nov 2019 -- Defense-cost negotiations between South Korea and the United States collapsed on Tuesday less than two hours after they began. Afterwards, the two sides held separate news conferences, acknowledging a sizable disagreement on how much Seoul should pay to maintain American troops on the Korean Peninsula.
- S.Korea, U.S. end defense cost-sharing talks for USFK without progress People's Daily 19 Nov 2019 -- South Korea and the United States on Tuesday ended their negotiations in Seoul on how to share upkeep costs for the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) without progress, according to South Korean foreign ministry.
- N Korea Says US Should Completely Halt Joint Drills With Seoul Instead of Suspending Them Sputnik 19 Nov 2019 -- The US should completely stop joint military exercises with South Korea instead of postponing them, Chairman of the North Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee Kim Yong Chol said, following Washington and Seoul's decision to delay the upcoming military drills known as the Combined Flying Training Event, scheduled for November.
- US, S Korea to Postpone Military Drills to Bolster N Korea Peace Effort - US Defence Secretary Sputnik 17 Nov 2019 -- Last year, the Vigilant ACE drills were suspended amid dialogue with Pyongyang on the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
- Tokyo, Seoul Fail to Agree to Renew Intelligence Sharing Deal Week Before Expiry - Reports Sputnik 17 Nov 2019 -- The defence ministers of Japan and South Korea failed to agree to extend the bilateral intelligence sharing pact on Sunday at their first meeting since October 2018, but reaffirmed their commitment to cooperation with the US on Pyongyang's missile and nuclear program, the Kyodo news agency reported.
- Joint Communiqué of the 51st ROK-U.S. Security Consultative Meeting DoD 16 Nov 2019 -- The 51st Republic of Korea (ROK)-United States (U.S.) Security Consultative Meeting (SCM) was held in Seoul, on November 15, 2019. ROK Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeongdoo and U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper led their respective delegations, which included senior defense and foreign affairs officials. On November 14, 2019, ROK Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Park Hanki and U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, presided over the 44th U.S.-ROK Military Committee Meeting (MCM).
- Trump's 'America First' Approach to Military Cost-Sharing Could Hurt Alliance with Seoul VOA 15 Nov 2019 -- Washington's defense cost-sharing demand could hurt the U.S.-South Korean alliance, said a former military general, suggesting the demand seems to stem from "a new paradigm" the Trump administration has adopted.
- U.S., South Korean Defense Leaders Talk Military Exercises DoD News 15 Nov 2019 -- Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and South Korean National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo discussed their nations' combined military readiness exercise program during the 51st annual Security Consultative Meeting in Seoul, South Korea, today.
- U.S., South Korean Leaders Review State of Alliance DoD News 15 Nov 2019 -- U.S. and South Korean defense officials reviewed the state of the military alliance between the two countries and charted the way ahead today in Seoul, South Korea, during the 51st annual Security Consultative Meeting.
- Pentagon chief Esper says South Korea should pay more for US troops Press TV 15 Nov 2019 -- US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says South Korea "is a wealthy country" and should pay more for the cost of stationing some 28,500 US troops in the East Asian nation.
- Crucial That South Korea Increases Burden Sharing for US Military - Defence Secretary Esper Sputnik 15 Nov 2019 -- Washington and Seoul agreed to discuss sharing the cost to maintain 28,500 US troops earlier this year, as the Americans allegedly wanted to request their ally pay almost $5 billion under a renewed cost-sharing deal in 2020, a fivefold increase of the 2018 payment.
- Pyongyang to Unilaterally Destroy Mt Kumgang Resorts If Seoul Fails to Do So - Reports Sputnik 15 Nov 2019 -- Pyongyang has warned Seoul that it would unilaterally dismantle tourist facilities in the Mount Kumgang area, a mountain range north of the demilitarised zone separating the two countries, if South Korea does not do it on its own, the KCNA news outlet reported.
- US-South Korea Alliance Under Pressure as Deadlines for Military Pacts Approach VOA 10 Nov 2019 -- The U.S.-South Korean alliance is strained by their differences over military pacts, and if the allies fail to reach agreements, Seoul's national security could be at risk, experts said.
- Seoul Says US Trying to Convince North Korea to Resume Denuclearisation Talks - Reports Sputnik 10 Nov 2019 -- Last week, the South Korean National Intelligence Service said that the next summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un may take place in December.
- S.Korea, U.S. to hold annual defense ministers' talks next week People's Daily 08 Nov 2019 -- Defense ministers of South Korea and the United States will hold their annual security talks in Seoul next week, Seoul's defense ministry said Friday.
- Washington Wants Seoul to Pay $4.7 Billion for US Forces Stationed in South Korea - Reports Sputnik 07 Nov 2019 -- The United States has demanded that South Korea pay $4.7 billion to cover the cost of US servicemen stationed there and maintaining armaments in the region, South Korean media reported on Thursday.
- North Korea: US' 'Provocative' Air Exercises Put Nuclear Talks on 'Verge of Extinction' Sputnik 07 Nov 2019 -- In a recent statement, a Pyongyang official slammed Washington's upcoming joint air exercises with Seoul, labeling them a "wet blanket" on the dialogue sparked between the US and North Korea.
- Pentagon Dismisses Pyongyang's Objections to US-South Korea Air Drills VOA 07 Nov 2019 -- The U.S. intends to hold aerial exercises with South Korea as planned, despite North Korea's accusation that the joint drills are "confrontational."
- S.Korea offers to DPRK sending delegation to inspect facilities in Mount Kumgang People's Daily 06 Nov 2019 -- South Korea has offered to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) sending its delegation to inspect South Korea-built facilities in the DPRK's scenic resort of Mount Kumgang, local media reports said Wednesday citing Seoul's unification ministry.
- Poll: S. Koreans Oppose Trump's Cost-sharing Demands, but Support Alliance VOA 06 Nov 2019 -- South Koreans overwhelmingly oppose U.S. President Donald Trump's demand that Seoul pay more for the cost of the U.S. military presence, but remain broadly optimistic about the future of the U.S.-South Korea alliance, according to a new poll.
- South Korean Intelligence Believes Trump-Kim Summit May Take Place in December - Reports Sputnik 04 Nov 2019 -- The South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) said on Monday during the parliamentary audit that the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un may take place in December, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported.
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