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February 2021 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- Iran's ceaseless efforts to get its frozen assets IRNA 28 Feb 2021 -- A new chapter has been opened for Iran to pave the way for liberating its frozen assets following consultations have been made to urge South Korea, Japan, Iraq and Oman to unlock Iranian money.
- Release of Iran's assets from South Korea at final stage IRNA 27 Feb 2021 -- Release of Iran's assets from South Korea is at final stage, according to Central Bank of Iran, saying that Seoul Government got green-light from Biden Administration for stage-by-stage release.
- Seoul Warns Sanctions Can Cause Humanitarian Crisis in North Korea Sputnik 26 Feb 2021 -- In a Friday interview with the Financial Times, South Korean Unification Minister Lee In-young urged for a review of the efficacy of sanctions on North Korea and warned that they can trigger a worsening of the humanitarian crisis in the country.
- US agrees in principle to S Korea's partial release of Iran's assets: Report Press TV 25 Feb 2021 -- The United States has reportedly agreed in principle to partial release of some $7 billion in Iranian assets that South Korean banks have frozen in line with Washington's inhumane economic sanctions targeting the Islamic Republic.
- Republic of Korea tests homegrown space rocket's first-stage engines SPA 25 Feb 2021 -- Republic of Korea successfully conducted the second combustion test for the first-stage engines of its locally built space launch vehicle, pushing forward for a launch set for October this year, the science ministry said Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency.
- FM Zarif urges South Korea to secure Iran's access to assets frozen due to US sanctions Press TV 24 Feb 2021 -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called on South Korea to redouble efforts to secure Iran's access to its assets frozen in the East Asian country's banks due to US sanctions.
- After Initially Leading World in COVID-19 Battle, Why Is South Korea Among Last Developed Nations to Start Mass Vaccinations? VOA 24 Feb 2021 -- After carrying out one of the world's most successful initial coronavirus responses, South Korea this week begins COVID-19 vaccinations, making it one of the last developed countries to start mass inoculations.
- Japan asserting claim over disputed islets draws ire of S. Korea People's Daily 23 Feb 2021 -- Japan on Monday asserted its claims over the disputed islets in the Sea of Japan during a ceremony, drawing a harsh backlash from South Korea.
- South Korea to unfreeze Iran money after 'consultations' with US Press TV 23 Feb 2021 -- South Korea says the Iranian assets locked in the Asian country will be released after consultations with the United States.
- U.S.-ROK-Japan Trilateral Meeting on Shared North Korea-Related Challenges US Dept. of State 18 Feb 2021 -- The Biden Administration is committed to strengthening U.S. alliance relationships, particularly with our key Northeast Asian allies Japan and the Republic of Korea.
- S.Korea Reports 621 more COVID-19 Cases SPA 17 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 621 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Tuesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 84,946.
- S. Korea Signs Deals with Novavax, Pfizer to Secure Additional Vaccines for 23 Mln People SPA 16 Feb 2021 -- South Korea has secured additional new coronavirus vaccines for 23 million people by signing contracts with U.S. drugmakers Novavax and Pfizer, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said Tuesday, according to Yonhap News Agency.
- North Korea Hacked Pfizer to Steal COVID-19 Vaccine Data, South Korea Says VOA 16 Feb 2021 -- North Korea launched a cyberattack on U.S. drugmaker Pfizer to steal the company's COVID-19 vaccine data, according to South Korea's intelligence agency.
- S Korea's Intelligence Agency Claims Pyongyang Tried to Steal Pfizer Vaccine Technology, Reports Say Sputnik 16 Feb 2021 -- It is unknown whether the alleged hackers succeeded in getting useful information from the pharmaceutical company.
- US, South Korea Reportedly Plan to Renew Joint Drills Suspended by Trump to Negotiate With DPRK Sputnik 14 Feb 2021 -- The joint US-South Korea drills, which routinely spark criticism from Pyongyang, were suspended in 2018 to facilitate the historic peace talks between the heads of the DPRK and the US.
- South Korea Reports 362 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 13 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported today 362 more COVID-19 cases, including 345 local infections, raising the total caseload to 83,199, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- South Korea Reports 403 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 12 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported today 403 more Covid-19 cases, including 384 local infections, raising the total caseload to 82,837, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- S. Korea reports 403 more COVID-19 cases, 82,837 in total People's Daily 12 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 403 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Thursday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 82,837.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with ROK Foreign Minister Chung US Dept. of State 11 Feb 2021
- S. Korea Reports another Case of Bird Flu SPA 11 Feb 2021 -- South Korea on Thursday reported one more case of avian influenza (AI), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- S.Korea Reports 504 more COVID-19 Cases SPA 11 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 504 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 82,434.
- South Korea Grants Emergency Use of Controversial AstraZeneca Vaccine VOA 10 Feb 2021 -- South Korea has approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for all adults, despite concerns over the lack of data on its effectiveness among the elderly.
- S. Korea Reports 444 New COVID-19 Cases SPA 10 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 444 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday during the past 24 hours.
- S. Korea Approves AstraZeneca's COVID-19 Vaccine for All Adults SPA 10 Feb 2021 -- South Korea's drug safety agency on Wednesday approved the vaccine for the novel coronavirus by AstraZeneca for all adults, including those aged 65 and older, Yonhap News Agency reported.
- North Korea's Kim lays out vision for inter-Korean relations Press TV 10 Feb 2021 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says South Korea must stop buying weapons from the United States and halt its joint military exercises with America in order for inter-Korean relations to improve.
- South Korea's New Top Diplomat Says Dialogue With North Not Choice, But Obligation Sputnik 09 Feb 2021 -- A peace process on the Korean Peninsula is not a matter of choice, but an obligation, South Korea's new foreign minister said on Tuesday.
- South Korea Reports 289 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 08 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 289 more Covid-19 cases, in the past 24 hours, including 264 local infections, raising the total caseload to 81,185, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- Seoul May Consider Purchasing Sputnik V, Other Vaccines Due to New Coronavirus Strains, KDCA Says Sputnik 08 Feb 2021 -- Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) said that the South Korean government would likely to consider buying Russia's Sputnik V and other coronavirus vaccines to curb the spread of new virus variants and forestall delays in deliveries of already contracted vaccines.
- South Korea Reports 372 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 07 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 372 more Covid-19 cases, in the past 24 hours, including 326 local infections, raising the total number of confirmed infections to 80,896, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- South Korea Reports 393 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 06 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported today 393 more COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, including 366 local infections, raising the cumulative caseload to 80,524, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- South Korea Reports 370 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 05 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported today 370 more COVID-19 cases, including 351 local infections, raising the total caseload to 80,131, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- S. Korea Reports 451 COVID-19 Cases SPA 04 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported 451 more cases of COVID-19 as of midnight Wednesday compared to 24 hours ago, raising the total number of infections to 79,762.
- S. Korea to Receive 2.71 Mln Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines via COVAX in H1 SPA 04 Feb 2021 -- At least 2.71 million doses of coronavirus vaccines are expected to arrive in South Korea in the first half through an international vaccine procurement program, health authorities said Thursday, according to Yonhap News Agency.
- US, South Korea agree to map out 'comprehensive' North Korea strategy Press TV 04 Feb 2021 -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his new American counterpart, Joe Biden, have agreed to draw up a joint "comprehensive" strategy on North Korea and closely cooperate to bring about the denuclearization of the country.
- Spokesperson for Chinese embassy in ROK: China's Coast Guard Law complies with international conventions PLA Daily 04 Feb 2021 -- Wang Wei, the spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in the Republic of Korea (ROK), said on February 2 that the Coast Guard Law of the People's Republic of China fully complies with the international law and conventions, when answering the ROK reporters' questions.
- Readout of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. Call with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea The White House 03 Feb 2021
- Crew of seized South Korean ship allowed to leave Iran: Khatibzadeh ISNA 03 Feb 2021 -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh says Tehran has, in a humanitarian move, allowed the crew members of the South Korean ship seized by Iran due to environmental concerns, to leave the country.
- South Korea finalizing talks with US on using Iran's frozen assets to pay UN dues: Official Press TV 03 Feb 2021 -- A South Korean Foreign Ministry official says his country is finalizing talks with the US on Iran's payment of its UN membership dues through using some of its frozen assets in the East Asian nation.
- South Korea drops description of Japan as 'partner' in latest defense paper Press TV 02 Feb 2021 -- South Korea's Defense Ministry has dropped its description of Japan as a "partner" in its latest defense white paper, as differences between the two neighbors have continued to deepen over a range of issues in recent years.
- Iran Agrees To Release Crew Members of Detained South Korean Ship RFE/RL 02 Feb 2021 -- Iran has agreed to allow the crew members of a South Korean vessel it seized for allegedly polluting the environment to leave the country,
- Iran Releases South Korean-Flagged Tanker Crew VOA 02 Feb 2021 -- Iran has released 19 crew members and the captain of a South Korean tanker that was seized in the Persian Gulf last month, Iranian state TV announced Tuesday.
- Iran gives permission to crew of seized South Korean tanker to leave: Foreign Ministry spokesman Press TV 02 Feb 2021 -- Iran says it has given permission to the crew members of a South Korean vessel it seized last month for environmental pollution to leave the country in a humanitarian gesture.
- Dy FM discusses Iran's frozen fund with S Korean official IRNA 02 Feb 2021 -- Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi and South Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Choi Jong-Kun in a telephone call late on Tuesday discussed the issue of releasing of Iran's frozen fund in South Korea.
- South Korean vessel's crew seized by Iran granted permission to leave: Spox IRNA 02 Feb 2021 -- Spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday that in a humanitarian move, the crew members of the South Korean vessel seized by the Iranian security forces in the Persian Gulf on January 4 for causing environmental pollution were granted permission to leave the country.
- South Korea Reports 305 New Coronavirus Cases SPA 01 Feb 2021 -- South Korea reported today 305 more COVID-19 cases, including 285 local infections, raising the total caseload to 78,508, according to the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA), Yonhap News Agency reported.
- S. Korea Confirms 7 More Cases of COVID-19 Variants SPA 01 Feb 2021 -- South Korea has confirmed seven more cases of contagious variants of the new coronavirus, bringing the total caseload to 34, according to health authorities on Monday.
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