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June 2020 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- S. Korea Begins Coronavirus Antibody Tests SPA 30 Jun 2020 -- South Korea has started full-fledged coronavirus antibody tests to determine the true extent of infections in the country, a senior health official said Tuesday, Yonhap News Agency reported.
- South Korea Will Introduce 3-Level Social Distancing Due to Spike in COVID-19 Cases - Reports Sputnik 29 Jun 2020 -- The South Korean authorities are planning to introduce a three-level system of social distancing in the country due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the state-run Yonhap News agency reported, citing the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC).
- S.Korea reports 51 more COVID-19 cases, 12,653 in total Global Times 27 Jun 2020 -- South Korea reported 51 more cases of COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Saturday local time, raising the total number of infections to 12,653.
- South Korean, US Defence Ministers Urge Pyongyang to Follow Denuclearization Agreements Sputnik 25 Jun 2020 -- South Korean Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo and US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday urged Pyongyang to follow the previously agreed denuclearization commitments, according to a joint statement issued by the two ministers.
- Strategic Forum Looks to Future of U.S.-South Korea Alliance DoD News 24 Jun 2020 -- On June 25, 1950, North Korean troops exploded over the 38th parallel and invaded South Korea.
- Joint Statement in Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Outbreak of the Korean War by United States Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper and Republic of Korea Minister of Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo DoD 24 Jun 2020 -- Today, the United States and the Republic of Korea (ROK) recognize and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War.
- DPRK suspends military action plans against S. Korea People's Daily 24 Jun 2020 -- A military meeting of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has decided to suspend the military action plans against South Korea, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said on Wednesday.
- North Korean leader suspends plans of military action against South Press TV 24 Jun 2020 -- North Koran leader Kim Jong-un has suspended "military action plans" against South Korea, in an effort to de-escalate rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
- Kim Jong Un Calls Off 'Military Action' Against South Korea VOA 24 Jun 2020 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has suspended unspecified military action against South Korea, state media said Wednesday, an apparent reduction in tensions following weeks of threats from Pyongyang.
- North Korea Removing Loudspeakers From Border With South - Report Sputnik 24 Jun 2020 -- North Korea has started removing propaganda loudspeakers at the border with the South, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported citing sources.
- DPRK seen removing loudspeakers from border with S. Korea: media People's Daily 24 Jun 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was seen removing loudspeakers set up from Sunday afternoon in the border areas with South Korea, multiple local media reported Wednesday.
- South Korean Military Warned against Imprudent Acts KCNA 24 Jun 2020 -- Kim Yong Chol, vice-chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, made public the following statement on June 24:
- Seoul Should Probe Ways to Send Information to North Korea While Avoiding Security Risks: UN Rights Expert Radio Free Asia 23 Jun 2020 -- Signe Poulsen has led the United Nations Human Rights Office in Seoul, South Korea since it was opened on June 26, 2015 by then U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid Al Hussein to monitor and document human rights issues in North Korea. She recently sat down with RFA's Korean Service on the eve of the office's fifth anniversary to discuss recent increased tensions between Pyongyang and Seoul that stem from the launching of leaflets critical of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un into the North by helium balloon across the Demilitarized Zone from South Korea.
- DPRK reinstalling loudspeakers near border with S. Korea: media People's Daily 23 Jun 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been reinstalling loudspeakers in areas near the border with South Korea, multiple local media reported Monday.
- 'North Korea reinstalling border loudspeakers amid renewed tensions with South' Press TV 23 Jun 2020 -- A South Korean military source says North Korea is reinstalling loudspeakers used to broadcast anti-South messages across the border, amid heightened tensions between the two Koreas.
- Trump Threatened to Pull Troops Out of Japan, South Korea Amid DPRK Missile Tests, Says Bolton Sputnik 22 Jun 2020 -- The US military has about 50,000 military personnel and 23 bases in Japan, with 23,500 more troops stationed in South Korea. The Japan deployment includes the US Navy's Seventh Fleet and its 60-70 ships, 300 aircraft and 40,000 personnel. US troops have been stationed in both countries for nearly three quarters of a century.
- South Korea Warns Military Options Possible in Response to Pyongyang's 'Leafleting Campaign' Sputnik 22 Jun 2020 -- South Korea is leaving military options on the table regarding North Korea's plan to send propaganda leaflets over the border, media reported Monday.
- DPRK reinstalling loudspeakers near border with S. Korea: media People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has been reinstalling loudspeakers in areas near the border with South Korea, multiple local media reported Monday.
- DPRK to send millions of leaflets to South Korea for retaliation: media People's Daily 22 Jun 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will soon distribute 12 million leaflets to South Korea "to make them pay dearly for their crime," the official Korean Central News Agency reported Monday.
- North Korea to launch balloons loaded with 'retaliatory' leaflets into South Press TV 22 Jun 2020 -- North Korea is prepared to launch thousands of balloons carrying millions of "retaliatory" leaflets to its southern neighbor as inter-Korean relations take a nosedive.
- North Korea Has 12 Million Leaflets Ready to Be Spread in South Korea – Reports Sputnik 22 Jun 2020 -- North Korea has printed 12 million leaflets intended to be distributed in South Korea as part of an information campaign against Seoul, the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported.
- S.Korea reports 48 more COVID-19 cases, 12,421 in total People's Daily 21 Jun 2020 -- South Korea reported 48 more cases of the COVID-19 compared to 24 hours ago as of 0:00 a.m. Sunday local time, raising the total number of infections to 12,421.
- KCNA Report on Planned Distribution of Leaflets against Enemy KCNA 22 Jun 2020 -- The Korean Central News Agency made public the following report on June 22:
- DPRK ready to distribute leaflets over DMZ into S.Korea: media Global Times 21 Jun 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) is ready to distribute large quantities of leaflets to South Korea in retaliation for the latter's hurting of its leadership and insulting of the Korean people, state media here said Saturday.
- Pyongyang Refuses to Reconsider Retaliatory Plan to Spread Information Leaflets – Reports Sputnik 21 Jun 2020 -- North Korean authorities will not reconsider a plan to spread leaflets as part of an information campaign against South Korea, according to the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). Seoul has called on Pyongyang to abandon the idea.
- North Korea vows to send retaliatory leaflets against South as tensions rise Press TV 20 Jun 2020 -- North Korea is reportedly preparing to send its own propaganda material against the South and North Korean defectors based in the country over its southern border as part of its persisting retaliatory measures aimed at Seoul amid growing tensions between the rival neighbors.
- N. Korea Preparing to Send Anti-South Leaflets, Denouncing Defectors VOA 20 Jun 2020 -- North Korea is preparing to send anti-South leaflets to South Korea, the state media of the communist country said Saturday.
- Official North Korean Fury at Defectors Belies Popular Envy of Remittances From Exiles Radio Free Asia 19 Jun 2020 -- North Korea has blown up a showcase inter-Korean meeting hall and pressed citizens to join staged venting rallies to show its fury at what it views as traitors who have fled to South Korea, after small groups of them launched balloons carrying leaflets denouncing leader Kim Jong Un.
- South Korean President Accepts Resignation of Unification Minister Sputnik 19 Jun 2020 -- Earlier, Unification Minister Kim Yeon-chul offered to step down to take responsibility for the decline in the relationship between Seoul and Pyongyang after North Korea blew up a North-South liaison office at Kaesong.
- South Korean Unification Minister Resigns VOA 19 Jun 2020 -- South Korea's unification minister resigned Friday over heightened tensions on the Korean Peninsula, days after the North destroyed its liaison office with the South.
- Inter-Korean tensions keep soaring after liaison office demolition Press TV 19 Jun 2020 -- Tensions have escalated on the Korean Peninsula after Pyongyang blew up its liaison office with the South and prompted the resignation of South Korea's Unification Minister, a point man designated to mend fragile ties with the North.
- Rodong Sinmun on Complete Destruction of North-South Joint Liaison Office KCNA 18 Jun 2020 -- The eye-sore north-south joint liaison office, unnecessary and useless one, was completely destroyed amid the mounting zeal of the service personnel and people of the DPRK for punishment.
- Ex-UN Chief Ban Ki-moon Says N Korea Acquired 'De Facto Nuclear State Status' From Trump Meetings Sputnik 18 Jun 2020 -- US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had three one-on-one summits. The first meeting between the two leaders was in Singapore in June 2018, the second in Vietnam in February 2019, and the last took place at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea in June 2019.
- Kim Jong Un Keeps Quiet as North Korea Turns Up Heat VOA 18 Jun 2020 -- As North Korea ramps up military pressure on South Korea, the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, has been conspicuously absent from public view.
- S. Korea's Blue House expresses strong regret over DPRK's demolition of joint liaison office People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- South Korea's presidential Blue House expressed strong regret Tuesday over the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)'s demolition of the inter-Korean joint liaison office in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong by explosion.
- South Korean Military Warns Pyongyang Will Pay if it Takes Real Military Action as Tensions Escalate Sputnik 17 Jun 2020 -- The statement comes after the People's Democratic Republic of Korea (DPRK) destroyed an Inter-Korean Liaison office, unexpectedly raising tensions between North and South Korea.
- After Blowing Up De Facto Embassy, North Korea Continues Provocations VOA 17 Jun 2020 -- A day after blowing up the de facto inter-Korean embassy, North Korea continued to ratchet up military pressure on the South, announcing the re-deployment of its forces near the border and angrily rejecting Seoul's offer to send envoys to reduce tensions.
- DPRK government refuses to sit face to face in dialogue with S.Korea Global Times 17 Jun 2020 -- A senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Wednesday that the North Korean government would not sit together with the authorities of South Korea and "there will be neither exchange nor cooperation in the future."
- DPRK refuses to sit face to face with S. Korean authorities People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- A senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Wednesday that his government would not sit together with the authorities of South Korea and "there will be neither exchange nor cooperation in the future."
- DPRK to redeploy troops to demilitarized zone in border area with South Korea People's Daily 17 Jun 2020 -- The army of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) announced on Wednesday it would redeploy soldiers to the previously-demilitarized Kaesong Industrial Zone and the Mount Kumgang areas soon.
- Inter-Korean tensions reach breaking point amid threats of military action Press TV 17 Jun 2020 -- The situation remains tense on the Korean Peninsula, where the two Koreas have been engaged in a fresh flare-up of hostilities, threatening each other with military action.
- KCNA Commentary on Height of Impudence KCNA 17 Jun 2020 -- The north-south joint liaison office which had already lost the value of its existence and symbolic meaning was toppled down on Tuesday afternoon as warned by us.
- S. Korean Authorities Plead for Accepting Special Envoys KCNA 17 Jun 2020 -- The south Korean authorities staged the petty farce of asking us to accept special envoys on June 15.
- We Will Never Sit Face to Face with S. Korean Authorities: Director of United Front Department of WPK Central Committee KCNA 17 Jun 2020 -- Jang Kum Chol, director of the United Front Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK), made public the following statement on Wednesday:
- Honeyed Words of Impudent Man Are Disgusting: First Vice Department Director Kim Yo Jong of WPK Central Committee KCNA 17 Jun 2020 -- The south Korean chief executive finally broke his silence, amid the north-south relations inching close to the worst catastrophe.
- Ominous Prelude to Total Catastrophe of North-South Relations KCNA 17 Jun 2020 -- The north-south joint liaison office was completely destroyed with a loud explosion at 14:50 on Tuesday.
- South Korea Threatens Pyongyang With Strong Response Following Explosion at Liaison Office Sputnik 16 Jun 2020 -- Local reports now say that following the blast at the Kaesong Industrial Complex, US vehicles crossed the Unification Bridge, which is used by military personnel of both countries to reach bases located near the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
- Destruction of Border Office Unlikely to be Last Provocation by North Korea Radio Free Asia 16 Jun 2020 -- North Korea's destruction of a landmark liaison office with South Korea Tuesday is likely only the first of many steps Pyongyang can take to signal impatience with Seoul and its ally Washington, analysts said.
- North Korea to Reenter Border Areas, Resume 'Regular Military Exercises' Near DMZ Sputnik 16 Jun 2020 -- The General Staff Department of the Korean People's Army has announced the resumption of "all kinds of regular military exercises" near the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), despite the monumental inter-Korean deal reached by Seoul and Pyongyang in 2018.
- S. Korea says DPRK blows up inter-Korean liaison office in Kaesong People's Daily 16 Jun 2020 -- South Korea's Unification Ministry said on Tuesday that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) demolished an inter-Korean liaison office in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong by an explosion.
- North Korea blows up border liaison office, signaling anger at South Press TV 16 Jun 2020 -- North Korea has reportedly blown up an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of its border with the South, amid rising hostilities over Seoul's failure to stop defectors from sending anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets over the border.
- North Korea Demolishes De Facto Embassy with South VOA 16 Jun 2020 -- North Korea has followed through on its threat to demolish the de facto inter-Korean embassy just north of the border, Pyongyang's latest move to ratchet up tensions with Seoul.
- South Korea Increases Combat Readiness Amid Soaring Tensions With North, Reports Claim Sputnik 15 Jun 2020 -- South Korea has increased monitoring and combat readiness along its border with North Korea amid escalating tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang, the Yonhap state news agency reported on Monday.
- South Korea Urges North to Keep Up Joint Peace Efforts Following Communication Cut-Off Sputnik 15 Jun 2020 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in called on Pyongyang on Monday to persevere in their joint peace efforts in his first official remarks after North Korea cut all communication channels with Seoul.
- DPRK Will Take Ceaseless Retaliatory Actions: Rodong Sinmun KCNA 15 Jun 2020 -- Rodong Sinmun Monday in an article says that the feeble and incompetent south Korean authorities' veiled hostile policy resulted in the catastrophe of the north-south relations and the worst state of tension on the Korean Peninsula.
- South Korea Says Seoul, Pyongyang Should Honour Agreements Sputnik 14 Jun 2020 -- Tensions have escalated between the two countries recently, as the DPRK decided to cut all communication lines with its southern neighbour, dismayed by the South's inability to stop a North Korean defectors' campaign of sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets.
- Iran Mulls Legal Action In Desperate Attempt To Release Frozen Funds In South Korea Radio Farda 14 Jun 2020 -- Iran says it may take legal action to free billions of dollars of its oil money frozen in South Korea's banks due to U.S. sanctions.
- DPRK warns of possible military retaliation against South Korea People's Daily 14 Jun 2020 -- It is high time to break with the South Korean authorities and retaliate with possible military force against the South, a senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) said on Saturday.
- Kim Jong-un's Sister Reportedly Bashes South Korea, Warns of Possible Military Action Sputnik 14 Jun 2020 -- While Kim Yo-jong stated that she ordered the department in charge of relations with "the enemy" to "decisively carry out the next action", she did not elaborate on what exactly that action might be.
- North Korean Leader's Sister Threatens Military Action Against South Korea VOA 13 Jun 2020 -- The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has issued an ominous military threat toward South Korea, vowing unspecified retaliation over South Korean activists who have floated anti-Pyongyang leaflets into the North.
- South Korea Officials Warn of 2nd COVID-19 Wave as Seoul Sees New Cases VOA 11 Jun 2020 -- South Korean Health officials are warning action must be taken to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 in that country after a resurgence of infections in the Seoul region.
- Seoul warns of crackdown on anti-North Korea leaflets after North's fury Press TV 11 Jun 2020 -- South Korea's presidential office has warned of a "thorough crackdown" against campaigners sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the border, after North Korea expressed its fury over the campaigns.
- DPRK accuses U.S. of interference in inter-Korean relations People's Daily 11 Jun 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned the United States on Thursday not to interfere in the inter-Korean affairs, denouncing the U.S. double-dealing on such issues as "disgusting."
- North Korea warns US of presidential election 'hair-raiser' if meddling continues Press TV 11 Jun 2020 -- North Korea has warned the United States to "hold its tongue" and stay out of inter-Korea affairs or risk seeing its upcoming presidential election go haywire.
- North Korea: US Has No Standing to Comment on Inter-Korean Affairs Sputnik 10 Jun 2020 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) criticized the United States on Thursday, saying the US has no standing to comment on internal Korean affairs. Earlier this week, Pyongyang severed contact with Seoul over propaganda distribution by defectors in the South.
- North Korea Issues Veiled Threat on US Election VOA 10 Jun 2020 -- North Korea is urging the United States to "keep its mouth shut" about worsening inter-Korean relations, saying such silence will be beneficial if the U.S. wants to hold a successful presidential election in November.
- South Korean Engineering Company Pleads Guilty to Defrauding U.S. Army, Agrees to Pay $68.4 Million US Dept. of Justice 10 Jun 2020 -- SK Engineering & Construction Co. Ltd. (SK), one of the largest engineering firms in the Republic of Korea, pleaded guilty today to one count of wire fraud, in connection with a fraudulent scheme to obtain U.S. Army contracts through payments to a U.S. Department of Defense contracting official and the submission of false claims to the U.S. government.
- Iran may take legal action to access funds in South Korea Press TV 10 Jun 2020 -- Governor of the Central Bank of Iran Abdolnaser Hemmati says the Islamic Republic may launch legal action to access its funds illegally being withheld in South Korea under pressure from the US.
- Iran Escalating Pressure On South Korea To Release Billions In Oil Money Radio Farda 10 Jun 2020 -- Iran's Central Bank Governor has said that Iran reserves the right to launch legal action against South Korea if the country's banks refuse to unlock billions of dollars owed to Iran for oil exports, frozen in Korean banks for nearly two years.
- U.S. disappointed by DPRK cutting off inter-Korea communication People's Daily 10 Jun 2020 -- The United States on Tuesday said that it was disappointed by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) latest move of cutting off all inter-Korean communication lines, urging Pyongyang to return to diplomacy.
- North Korea Expected to Step Up Pressure to Get Concessions from South Radio Free Asia 10 Jun 2020 -- North Korea's move to sever communications with South Korea appears to be a signal that more provocations are on the horizon as Pyongyang tries to extract more concessions out of Seoul, experts told RFA.
- DPRK to cut off inter-Korean communication Global Times 09 Jun 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will cut off all inter-Korean communication lines at noon Tuesday, the Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday morning.
- North Korea Cuts Off Communications With South Over Leaflet Launches VOA 09 Jun 2020 -- North Korea says it will cut off all lines of official dialogue with South Korea, the latest escalation, some analysts say, in Pyongyang's effort to unilaterally ramp up tensions with Seoul.
- North Korea severs hotlines with South, citing 'treachery' Press TV 09 Jun 2020 -- North Korea has severed its military and presidential hotlines with the South as a first step toward terminating all contacts with Seoul, citing South Korea's "treacherous behavior."
- North Korea to Sever All Inter-Korean Communications Amid Anti-DPRK Leaflet Tensions Sputnik 08 Jun 2020 -- South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported early Tuesday morning that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) intended to sever all inter-Korean communications.
- 38 new Covid-19 cases in South Korea SPA 08 Jun 2020 -- South Korean health authorities announced today, Monday, that 38 people have contracted the emerging Covid-19 virus during the past 24 hours.
- South Korea Blocks NGO From Sending Bibles, Rice to North VOA 05 Jun 2020 -- South Korean police on Friday prevented a Christian activist group from sending aid and Bibles to North Korea, the latest evidence Seoul intends to prevent cross-border distributions that have angered Pyongyang.
- Statement of Spokesman for United Front Department of C.C., WPK KCNA 05 Jun 2020 -- A spokesman of the United Front Department of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea published a statement on Friday.
- DPRK warns S. Korea against sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets People's Daily 04 Jun 2020 -- A senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has threatened to scrap the military agreement with South Korea unless Seoul stops sending anti-Pyongyang leaflets across the demilitarized zone, the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday.
- North Korea warns South of ending military pact over propaganda leaflets Press TV 04 Jun 2020 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister has warned South Korea of the possible scrapping of a recent inter-Korean military agreement if Seoul fails to stop North Korean defectors from sending propaganda leaflets into the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two countries.
- US, South Korea Agree to Fund Furloughed Workers on US Bases VOA 03 Jun 2020 -- Thousands of furloughed South Korean workers could soon return to their jobs on U.S. military bases in South Korea under the terms of a deal announced by the Pentagon.
- Department of Defense Accepts Korean Ministry of Defense's Proposal to Fund Korean National Employee Labor Costs DOD 02 Jun 2020 -- The Department of Defense has accepted the Republic of Korea's (ROK) proposal to fund the labor costs for all U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) Korean National (KN) employees through the end of 2020.
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