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July 2020 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- Iran pursuing complaint against S Korean banks IRNA 29 Jul 2020 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday in a communiqué said that the Islamic Republic of Iran will pursue the lawsuit concerning the frozen assets against the South Korean banks in the international courts.
- South Korea, Iran to hold talks on expanding humanitarian trade ISNA 29 Jul 2020 -- South Korea was set to hold virtual talks with Iran later Wednesday about expanding humanitarian trade like medicine exports, following the first such shipment to Tehran in May.
- US allows South Korea to use solid fuel in space launch vehicles, missiles Press TV 28 Jul 2020 -- South Korea says it has reached an agreement with the United States to use solid fuel for space launch vehicles, a move that would facilitate Seoul's plans to enhance surveillance capabilities over the Korean Peninsula and build more powerful missiles.
- South Korea Allowed to Develop Own Rocket Fuel VOA 28 Jul 2020 -- South Korea said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with the United States that will allow it to use solid rocket fuel for space vehicles, a change that will enable the country to launch its first military surveillance satellites and develop the technology to build more powerful missiles.
- South Korea must abandon illegal policies on Iran frozen assets: Government spokesman Press TV 28 Jul 2020 -- Government spokesman Ali Rabiei has called on South Korea to abandon its "illegal" policies and release the Iranian assets that it has frozen due to the US sanctions so that Tehran can step up its fight against a deadly coronavirus outbreak.
- Suspected North Korean Defector Who Returned From South Not Infected With COVID-19, Seoul Says Sputnik 27 Jul 2020 -- A person who is believed to be a North Korean defector and has recently returned to his country is not infected with COVID-19, South Korea's Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters said on Monday.
- DPRK sees 1st suspected COVID-19 case, adopts maximum emergency system People's Daily 27 Jul 2020 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) reported its first suspected case of COVID-19 in Kaesong City, a person who illegally returned to the country from the Republic of Korea (ROK) on July 19, state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Sunday.
- Defector Accused of Rape in South Korea Swims Back to North Korea VOA 27 Jul 2020 -- South Korea has acknowledged that a North Korean defector, who had been accused of rape in the South, may have sneaked past South Korean border guards before apparently swimming back to his North Korean homeland.
- S. Korea reports 58 more COVID-19 cases, 14,150 in total People's Daily 26 Jul 2020 -- South Korea reported 58 more cases of the COVID-19 as of 0:00 a.m. Sunday local time compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 14,150.
- South Korea Faces Criticism for Crackdown on Leaflet Launchers VOA 22 Jul 2020 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who began his career as a human rights lawyer, is coming under severe criticism for cracking down on activist groups calling for reform in North Korea.
- North Korea Intensifies Crackdown on South Korean Cultural Influences Radio Free Asia 21 Jul 2020 -- North Korea has stepped up a campaign to eliminate the influence of South Korean pop culture, threatening stern punishments as a senior official revealed that some 70 percent of the country's 25 million people actively watch TV shows and movies from the South, sources in the North told RFA.
- US Defense Secretary Says 'No Orders to Withdraw Forces' From South Korea Sputnik 21 Jul 2020 -- US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is pushing back against recent troop reduction reports and clarifying that the Pentagon is not developing a plan geared toward a pullback in troops from South Korea.
- US Defense Secretary: No Orders Issued to Change Military Force in Korea VOA 21 Jul 2020 -- U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says he has "issued no orders to withdraw from the Korean peninsula," while also sounding the alarm on Chinese "bad behavior" that he says has picked up since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
- South Korea, US fail to decide on joint military drills amid pandemic concerns Press TV 21 Jul 2020 -- A South Korean official says the coronavirus pandemic threatens the joint military exercises with the United States, as the two sides struggle to agree on the scale, scope and timing of their annual war games.
- Seoul Summons Iran Envoy Over Tehran's Threat And 'Inappropriate' Remark Radio Farda 21 Jul 2020 -- Iran's ambassador to Seoul was summoned to the South Korean foreign ministry on Tuesday to lodge a protest over the Iranian threat to sue Seoul over frozen assets and calling the Korea-U.S. relationship one of "master and servant".
- Readout of Secretary of Defense Esper's Phone Call With Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Jeong Kyeong-doo DoD 20 Jul 2020
- Trump Administration Reportedly Considers Reducing US Troop Presence in South Korea Sputnik 17 Jul 2020 -- In a similar move, the administration of US President Donald Trump recently approved plans to withdraw 9,500 US troops from Germany, an important US Army base in Europe, arguing that Berlin was failing to live up to its military spending obligations as a NATO partner.
- Tehran warns Seoul over 'unacceptable' freezing of Iranian oil money Press TV 17 Jul 2020 -- Iran has issued an official warning to the "rude" government of South Korea over its "unacceptable" and "unjustifiable" move to block the Islamic Republic's oil money.
- South Korean Prosecutors Reportedly Launch Investigation Against Kim Jong-un's Sister Sputnik 16 Jul 2020 -- The probe against Kim's sister and North Korea's Chief of the General Staff was launched over the destruction of a liaison office in the border town of Kaesong in June.
- Gov't spokesman: Iran considers South Korea's freezing of assets unfriendly IRNA 14 Jul 2020 -- Iranian Government spokesman Ali Rabiee said on Tuesday that Iran is not looking for tension with South Korea and South Korea's action to block Iran's property is an unfriendly, destructive, and unconstitutional after over decades of trade between the two countries.
- 11 more U.S. soldiers in S.Korea test positive for COVID-19 People's Daily 13 Jul 2020 -- Eleven more U.S. soldiers in South Korea tested positive for COVID-19, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Monday.
- New COVID Cases Complicate US Military Missions in Japan, South Korea VOA 13 Jul 2020 -- The U.S. inability to contain the coronavirus at home is beginning to have a bigger impact on U.S. military missions overseas, some analysts warned Monday, as infections among American service members surge in Japan and South Korea.
- Korea - Peace Krypton Follow-On Support and Equipment Upgrades DSCA 10 Jul 2020 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of items and services to extend follow-on support to its Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft for an estimated cost of $250 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- South Korea to Purchase Spy Aircraft Equipment for $250 Million From US Sputnik 10 Jul 2020 -- The US State Department approved a tentative sale of services and equipment needed to upgrade the South Korean Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft for $250 million, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency said in a press release.
- US calls for resumption of stalled talks with North Korea: Seoul Press TV 09 Jul 2020 -- The United States has called for resumption of stalled talks with North Korea two days after Pyongyang ruled out returning to negotiation table amid US sanctions, South Korea says.
- U.S. "strongly supports" S. Korea-DPRK cooperation: U.S. nuke envoy People's Daily 08 Jul 2020 -- U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said here on Wednesday that his country strongly supports cooperation between South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
- North Korea says won't hold new talks as US envoy arrives in Seoul Press TV 07 Jul 2020 -- North Korea has stressed that it has no intention of holding new negotiations with the United States, following a call by South Korea for Pyongyang and Washington to hold a new summit.
- North Korea Rules Out Talks, as US Diplomat Visits Seoul VOA 06 Jul 2020 -- North Korea says it still has no interest in talks with the United States, amid efforts by South Korea to arrange another summit between Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
- Highly-Contagious GH Strain of Coronavirus Spreading in South Korea, Health Authorities Say Sputnik 06 Jul 2020 -- All recent coronavirus clusters in South Korea are seeded mostly by the highly-infectious GH strain of the virus, which is believed to spread six times faster than other types of COVID-19, the Health Ministry's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said on Monday.
- South Korea Coronavirus Cases exceeded 60, for the second straight day SPA 04 Jul 2020 -- The Coronavirus cases in South Korea exceeded today 60 cases for the second straight day, with infections outside Seoul metropolitan area and cases from overseas, showing no signs of slowdown, Yonhap News Agency reported.
- South Korea's Moon appoints top aides, all advocates of inter-Korean rapprochement Press TV 03 Jul 2020 -- South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has appointed officials, all known as supporters of inter-Korean détente, as his new top national security advisors in an effort to revive stalled negotiations with North Korea.
- Another Trump-Kim Meeting Before November? South Korea Hopes So VOA 01 Jul 2020 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in says he hopes U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold another summit before the U.S. presidential election in November.
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