Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD)
August 2021 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- Special Representative Kim Meeting with ROK Special Representative Noh US Dept. of State 30 Aug 2021
- Korea - Precision Guided Munitions DSCA 25 Aug 2021 -- The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Republic of Korea of Precision Guided Munitions and related equipment for an estimated cost of $258 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today.
- How the Afghanistan Withdrawal Looks from South Korea, America's Other 'Forever War' VOA 20 Aug 2021 -- U.S. President Joe Biden this week was asked what the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan means for Washington's other global military commitments. In response, Biden stressed the "fundamental difference" between Afghanistan and places like South Korea, where the U.S. also has a major troop presence.
- US is bound to pay a price for joint drills with S.Korea: N. Korean ambassador to China Global Times 14 Aug 2021 -- Ri Ryong-nam, North Korean ambassador to China, told the Global Times in an exclusive interview recently that a series of US-South Korea joint military exercises that started on Tuesday are the most concentrated performance of US hostile policy against North Korea. "It's unwelcome and they will definitely pay the price for that."
- US-South Korea war games: North Korea warns of 'serious security crisis' Press TV 11 Aug 2021 -- North Korea warns the United States and South Korea of risking a "serious security crisis" by choosing to escalate tensions as the two allies gear up to conduct joint military drills on the troubled Korean Peninsula.
- North Korea Ignores Seoul's Hotline Calls for Second Straight Day, Reports Say Sputnik 11 Aug 2021 -- North Korea has been snubbing Seoul's phone calls via the inter-Korean lines for a second day in a row after harsh criticism of upcoming South Korea-US joint drills, the Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday.
- N. Korea Returns to 'Old Playbook' of Confrontation, Dialogue VOA 11 Aug 2021 -- In June, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered his country to prepare for both "dialogue and confrontation" with the United States. It didn't take long for the U.S. and its ally South Korea to experience both sides of that directive.
- N. Korea Slams US-South Korea Drills, Promises Own Weapons Buildup VOA 10 Aug 2021 -- North Korea has condemned U.S.-South Korea military exercises that begin this week, saying the drills show the need for Pyongyang to develop more of its own military capabilities.
- North Korea ignores hotline call from South following warning over US-South Korea drills Press TV 10 Aug 2021 -- North Korea has ignored a hotline call from South Korea, Seoul says, hours after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister warned the South and the US over annual joint military exercises, and shortly after the two Koreas agreed to reestablish the emergency communication line.
- US-South Korea war games: North says will build up power to confront external threats Press TV 10 Aug 2021 -- North Korea has reacted angrily to a decision by the United States and South Korea to push ahead with their joint military drills on the Korean Peninsula, warning the duo will have to face a more serious security threat as Pyongyang would definitely move to boost its defense and pre-emptive strike capabilities.
- Kim Yo-jong Calls US-South Korea Drills 'Rehearsal' of Nuclear War Sputnik 10 Aug 2021 -- The upcoming joint drills of the United States and South Korea are a "rehearsal" of nuclear war, Kim Yo-jong, the deputy department director of the Workers' Party of Korea Central Committee, said on Tuesday.
- DPRK's Kim Yo-jong Condemns US-South Korean Drills, Pledges to Develop Better First Strike Weapons Sputnik 10 Aug 2021 -- Peace talks in 2018 yielded an end-of-war declaration between the Koreas, but despite several summits between then-US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, no further progress toward ending hostilities was made, and the posturing and threats soon returned.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Chung US Dept. of State 05 Aug 2021
- DOD and ROK Conduct First Bilateral Communication Technology Cooperation Committee Forum DoD 05 Aug 2021 -- Leaders from the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Chief Information Office (CIO) and the Office of Planning and Coordination Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of Defense (MOD) met August 4 for the first time for a bilateral Information and Communication Technology Cooperation Committee (ICTCC) Forum.
- U.S.-ROK Director General/Deputy-Level Consultation Meeting US Dept. of State 05 Aug 2021 -- U.S. Deputy Special Representative for the DPRK Dr. Jung Pak hosted the first interagency U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK) Director General/Deputy-Level Consultation (DLC) meeting with Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Unification, and Blue House officials, along with National Security Council, Treasury, and Defense participants on August 4.
- North Korea demands sanctions relief to resume talks with US: Seoul Press TV 03 Aug 2021 -- North Korea has called for relief from international sanctions as a precondition to resuming denuclearization talks with the United States, South Korean officials say.
- Kim Jong-un in Good Health Despite Appearing With Mystery Band-Aid on Head - South Korean Spy Agency Sputnik 03 Aug 2021 -- South Korea's National Intelligence Service (NIS) believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has no health issues, despite the fact that he appeared in public with a patch on the back of his head a few days ago, the Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday.
- Kim Jong-un Requested Restoration of Inter-Korean Hotline, South Korean Spy Agency Says Sputnik 03 Aug 2021 -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was the one who suggested reopening cross-border communication lines between Seoul and Pyongyang that were cut off by North Korea last summer, the South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) said Tuesday.
- DPRK slams U.S.-South Korea military drills, casts doubt on North-South summit People's Daily 02 Aug 2021 -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Sunday night urged South Korea to cancel its regular joint military exercises with the United States and said a North-South leader-level summit remains unlikely in the short term, the official Korean Central News Agency reported.
- North Korea warns US-South Korea war games to hamper diplomacy Press TV 02 Aug 2021 -- Kim Yo-jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has warned that a planned joint US-South Korea military exercise will undercut a renewed push for diplomacy on the Korean Peninsula, state-run media reported.
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