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January 2020 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- South Korea Reports Third Case of Novel Coronavirus – Health Authorities Sputnik 26 Jan 2020 -- A third case of the new coronavirus has been registered in South Korea, the country's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) reports.
- Second Case of Wuhan Coronavirus Confirmed in South Korea - Report Sputnik 24 Jan 2020 -- A new strain of coronavirus, labelled as 2019-nCoV or Novel Coronavirus, originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan in late December, with at least 25 deaths confirmed so far by the Chinese authorities.
- US, South Korea to Modify Springtime's Joint Military Drills to Appease North – Reports Sputnik 21 Jan 2020 -- The allies agreed last year to replace routine Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises with a computer-simulated command post exercise after the North repeatedly accused them of preparing for an invasion.
- South Korea to dispatch 'anti-piracy unit' to Strait of Hormuz, not to join US-led alliance Press TV 21 Jan 2020 -- South Korea says it is set to expand the operational area of its anti-piracy unit now stationed in the Gulf of Aden so as to cover the Strait of Hormuz, stressing that the naval task force will operate separately from a US-led military coalition deployed to the Persian Gulf waters under the pretext of protecting shipping lanes.
- South Korea to Deploy Anti-Piracy Unit to Strait of Hormuz - Report Sputnik 21 Jan 2020 -- The South Korean navy unit will conduct missions to protect its citizens and vessels in the area under the country's military command.
- First Confirmed Case of New Coronavirus Strain Reported in South Korea Sputnik 20 Jan 2020 -- South Korea registered the first case of new coronavirus, the organisation of the South Korea's Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) under the Ministry of Health said.
- S.Koreans' individual tour to DPRK not subject to UN sanctions: S.Korea People's Daily 20 Jan 2020 -- South Koreans' individual tour to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) would not be subject to the UN sanctions against Pyongyang, Yonhap news agency reported on Monday, citing the unification ministry of South Korea.
- US envoy to South Korea scrutinized for 'meddling' in Seoul ties with Pyongyang Press TV 18 Jan 2020 -- The US ambassador to South Korea has come under scrutiny for his controversial remarks over Seoul's relations with North Korea, calling on the South's government to consult with Washington when pursuing new exchanges with Pyongyang.
- S.Korea says policy on DPRK belongs to matter of sovereignty People's Daily 17 Jan 2020 -- South Korea's unification ministry said on Friday that the country's policy on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) belonged to a matter of sovereignty.
- Seoul Criticizes US Ambassador's 'Very Inappropriate' Comments on N Korea Tourism VOA 17 Jan 2020 -- South Korea pushed back firmly Friday on comments by U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris, who called on Seoul to consult with Washington about the South's attempt to resume individual tourism to North Korea.
- While US Relaxes Demands in S. Korea Cost-Sharing Talks, Gaps Remain VOA 16 Jan 2020 -- Harry Harris, the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, says Washington has softened its demand for how much Seoul should pay for the cost of the U.S. military presence here, but says a gap remains and that "time is of the essence."
- Seoul Pushing to Revive Pyongyang's 'Engagement Momentum' in Peace Talks Sputnik 16 Jan 2020 -- While US-North Korean relations have suffered in recent months amid failed denuclearization talks, inter-Korean cooperation should be viewed as a separate matter and proceed as planned, suggested South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung Wha.
- South Korea to push ahead with North Korea cooperation despite stalled talks Press TV 15 Jan 2020 -- South Korea says there is no need to wait for the United States' denuclearization talks with North Korea to progress in order to proceed with inter-Korean cooperation.
- US to Continue Defence Exercises with Japan, South Korea – Pentagon Sputnik 15 Jan 2020 -- The United States will continue military exercises with Japan and South Korea as it sees the trilateral alliance vital for the stability in the Pacific challenged by North and China, US Secretary of Defence Mark Esper told reporters.
- South Korea, US Far From Compromise on Military Cost-Sharing Deal – President Moon Sputnik 14 Jan 2020 -- As the United States and South Korea are set to hold yet another round of talks this week on how much each should pay toward the maintenance of US troops in the Asian country, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday that their positions on the matter were still far apart despite certain progress in negotiations.
- South Korea's Moon Shakes Off Pessimism About Dialogue With Pyongyang Sputnik 14 Jan 2020 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has expressed some hope about the prospects of dialogue with North Korea, as well as possibilities of Pyongyang resuming talks with the United States.
- S. Korea Pushes For Cooperation With North, Despite Rejection, Insults VOA 14 Jan 2020 -- It was a relatively modest step: South Korea would relay birthday greetings from U.S. President Donald Trump to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who turned 36 last week.
- South Korea optimistic about US-North diplomacy despite halt to negotiations Press TV 14 Jan 2020 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has expressed new optimism about the deadlocked talks between the United States and North Korea, citing a recent birthday wish sent to Pyongyang's leader by the American president.
- China's role to be significant for Korean Peninsula's denuclearization: S. Korean president Global Times 14 Jan 2020 -- China's role has been and will be very significant in denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula and building a permanent peace on the peninsula, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Tuesday.
- US: Seoul Must Continue to Enforce Sanctions on Pyongyang VOA 11 Jan 2020 -- The U.S. has responded to a call by South Korean President Moon Jae-in for renewed inter-Korean cooperation by stressing that Seoul must continue to implement all sanctions on North Korea.
- Iran Tensions May Prompt S. Korea to Rethink US-led Patrols VOA 08 Jan 2020 -- The escalating U.S.-Iran conflict is complicating South Korea's possible participation in a U.S.-led maritime coalition to protect international shipping in and near the Strait of Hormuz.
- Experts: Pyongyang Unlikely to Welcome Moon's Call for Reviving Inter-Korea Ties VOA 08 Jan 2020 -- Pyongyang is unlikely to respond positively to a call by South Korean President Moon Jae-in for reviving inter-Korean projects and efforts to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to Seoul, experts say.
- S Korea Relocates Patriot Missile System From Country's Southeast to Seoul - Reports Sputnik 07 Jan 2020 -- South Korea has relocated a Patriot missile unit from a southeastern region in the country to central Seoul in order to protect key facilities from potential threats from Pyongyang, the Yonhap news outlet reported on Tuesday.
- South Korea's Moon Urges North to Work On Arranging Kim's Visit to Seoul Sputnik 07 Jan 2020 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in has called on Pyongyang to do everything possible to implement the agreement on a return visit of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Seoul.
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