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August 2022 - South Korea Special Weapons News
- Statement by NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson on National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan's Trilateral Dialogue with Japan and the Republic of Korea The White House 30 Aug 2022
- Allied, U.S. Forces conduct Exercise Pacific Vanguard 2022 US Navy 29 Aug 2022 -- Maritime forces from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF), Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy, and the United States Navy sailed together to conduct cooperative maritime exercise Pacific Vanguard (PV) 2022 that concluded, Aug. 29.
- Poland signs $5.8bn arms deal with S Korea to replace weapons sent to Ukraine Press TV 27 Aug 2022 -- Poland has sealed a weapons deal worth $5.8 billion with South Korea for the purchase of tanks, howitzers and ammunition as the east European nation aims to replace armaments shipped to Ukraine.
- Joint Statement on FIRST Program Cooperation at the 2022 NPT Review Conference US Dept. of State 25 Aug 2022 -- The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America and Estonia, Ghana, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Romania, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on the occasion of the 2022 NPT Review Conference.
- South Korea updates war plans over North Korea 'threats' Press TV 25 Aug 2022 -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has ordered an update of his country's wartime operational plans to counter alleged threats from North Korea.
- Yoon's Approach to North Korea Lacks Initial Strategy on Human Rights VOA 25 Aug 2022 -- South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol's "audacious initiative" needs to include the goal of improving human rights in North Korea, not necessarily in the beginning of potential negotiations but as the plan is put in place, according to experts, if Pyongyang is to agree give up its nuclear weapons.
- Russian FM Denounces U.S. and S. Korean Puppets for Aggravating Situation KCNA 26 Aug 2022 -- Spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry of Russia Mariya Zaharova released a commentary on August 24 to denounce the U.S. and south Korean puppets for aggravating the situation on the Korean peninsula.
- Australia-ROK Indo-Pacific Dialogue Australia MFA 25 Aug 2022 -- On 25 August, Australia and the Republic of Korea (ROK) held the second Australia-ROK Indo-Pacific Dialogue in Canberra.
- Moscow Says US-South Korean Drills Exacerbate Tensions With North Sputnik 24 Aug 2022 -- Russia is concerned about rising tensions in the Korean Peninsula following the resumption of field training by US and South Korean forces, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
- China, South Korea to enhance mutual trust, avoid sensitive issues like THAAD as countries celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties Global Times 23 Aug 2022 -- Amid a high celebratory atmosphere for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of South Korea-China diplomatic ties on Wednesday, the latest statistics from the South Korean trade body show that the country's exports to China surged over 160 times over the past three decades, reflecting South Korea's unavoidably close economic ties with China.
- US, South Korea Launch Military Drills VOA 22 Aug 2022 -- The United States and South Korea on Monday began their largest joint military exercises in years to counter the "evolving threat from North Korea," according to South Korean officials.
- US, South Korea begin largest joint war games in a show of force to North Press TV 22 Aug 2022 -- The United States and South Korea have begun their biggest joint war games in years in a show of force that is expected to further fuel tensions with North Korea.
- US, South Korea Kickstart Biggest Military Drills Since 2018 Amid Criticism From Pyongyang Sputnik 22 Aug 2022 -- The Ulchi-Freedom Shield (UFS) - a joint military exercise between the US and South Korea - will be conducting drills involving 13 field training programs, including an exercise to vet the full operational capability of the South Korean forces in case of an attack by Pyongyang, according the South Korea's Defense Ministry.
- US revives drill with S.Korea, ups efforts to disturb region; 'flexing muscles shows its adventurism' Global Times 22 Aug 2022 -- South Korea and the US officially kicked off the biggest joint military drills in years on Monday, which include an array of contingency drills and involve thousands of troops, attempting to send a strong message of deterrent to North Korea. While some observers do not believe that the ongoing show of force specifically targets China amid rising tension in the Taiwan Straits, it indeed showed that the US - the biggest disruptor of the world's stability today - is ramping up efforts in escalating tension in the Korean Peninsula in order to strengthen its leadership among its allies and increasingly preparing to interfere militarily in affairs in the Northeast Asian and West Pacific regions.
- Concerns over escalating tensions in Asia-Pacific intensified as US, S.Korea to begin biggest military drills in years Global Times 21 Aug 2022 -- As Washington is seeking to bolster strategic ties with one of its closest Asian allies, the US and South Korea will begin their biggest combined military exercise in four years from Monday as tensions in the Korean Peninsula escalate. Chinese observers warned the exercise would raise tensions in the peninsula and wider Asia, and regional countries including China would be on high alert.
- DPRK slams S. Korean new assistance plan People's Daily 20 Aug 2022 -- A senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has slammed South Korea's proposal of economic assistance in exchange for denuclearization, the official Korean Central News Agency reported on Friday.
- Former Senior U.S. Navy Employee Convicted for Bribery Conspiracy and Lying to Investigators US Dept. of Justice 19 Aug 2022 -- A federal jury in the District of Columbia convicted the former Director of Operations of the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command Office in Busan, South Korea, today for his role in a bribery conspiracy and for lying to federal investigators.
- Secretary Blinken's Call with Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Park US Dept. of State 19 Aug 2022
- North Korea spurns Seoul's disarmament-for-aid offer, asks Yoon to 'shut up' Press TV 19 Aug 2022 -- North Korea has bluntly spurned Seoul's offer of economic support in exchange for denuclearization, calling South Korea's President Yoon Suk-yeol "simple" and "childish".
- North Korea Rejects Seoul's Offer of Economic Aid in Exchange for Denuclearization Sputnik 19 Aug 2022 -- Earlier, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said that South Korea was ready to facilitate the development of the North's economy, energy, trade and agriculture sectors and employ international investment initiatives if Pyongyang starts a denuclearization process.
- Joint Press Statement for the 21st Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue DoD 17 Aug 2022 -- The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Ministry of National Defense (MND) held the 21st Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue (KIDD) August 16-17, 2022 in Seoul, Republic of Korea.
- S.Korea, U.S. launch annual military drills, protests aroused People's Daily 17 Aug 2022 -- The combined forces of South Korea and the United States on Tuesday launched annual military drills as planned, three days after liberal activists held a massive rally to protest against it.
- Yoon proposes aid-for-denuclearization plan with 'some good faith,' but US remains 'a major factor' of influence Global Times 17 Aug 2022 -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol vowed to provide aid projects to North Korea if Pyongyang shows firm commitment to denuclearization, saying dialogue should not be a political show, South Korea media said. Chinese experts believe that the South Korean leader underscored some "good faith" in handling the matter, but the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is in fact a matter of security and the US remains a major factor of influence in the matter.
- US, Japan, S Korea hold trilateral missile drills 'to deter North Korea' Press TV 16 Aug 2022 -- The United States, South Korea, and Japan held trilateral ballistic missile drills off Hawaii's coast last week, the US defense department said on Tuesday, amid growing tensions with North Korea and China.
- Missile Defense Exercise Pacific Dragon 2022, Concludes Near Hawaii US Navy 15 Aug 2022 -- Forces from the Royal Australian Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Republic of Korea Navy, U.S Missile Defense Agency, and U.S Navy successfully conducted Pacific Dragon 2022 (PD22), a recurring biennial multinational air and missile defense exercise, from August 5-15, 2022, in Hawaii at Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands (PMRF) and off the coast of Kauai.
- U.S., Republic of Korea, and Japan Participate in Missile Defense Exercise in Hawaii DoD 15 Aug 2022 -- From August 8-14, 2022, the United States Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Republic of Korea (ROK) Navy participated in a missile warning and ballistic missile search and tracking exercise during the multinational Pacific Dragon exercise off the coast of the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Hawaii.
- South Korea offers major aid package to North to seek its denuclearization Press TV 15 Aug 2022 -- South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol has offered a wide-ranging aid package to North Korea on the condition of its denuclearization, a proposal highly unlikely to be considered by Pyongyang.
- South Korea Offers Economic Aid to North in Exchange for Denuclearization Sputnik 15 Aug 2022 -- South Korea is ready to facilitate the development of the North's economy, energy, trade and agriculture sectors and employ international investment initiatives if Pyongyang starts a real denuclearization process, South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol said on Monday.
- South Korean Rights Envoy Calls for Global Cooperation on North Korea VOA 12 Aug 2022 -- South Korea's newly appointed human rights envoy for North Korea called upon the international community to cooperate with Seoul to improve the human rights of those living under the Kim Jong Un regime.
- 'We cannot ignore US missile deployment in South Korea': China Press TV 12 Aug 2022 -- China's Foreign Ministry spokesman says Beijing cannot ignore US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea as it undermines China's strategic security.
- China Cannot Ignore Deployment of US THAAD Missile Systems in South Korea: Beijing Sputnik 12 Aug 2022 -- Beijing cannot ignore the deployment of US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems in South Korea as it undermines China's strategic security, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Friday.
- THAAD issue should not be stumbling block in China-S. Korea relations again: analysts Global Times 12 Aug 2022 -- The current frictions between China and South Korea over the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system are created by the US, as it has ramped up efforts to pressure South Korea to take further steps in the controversial issue to not only make breakthroughs in the military field and surveillance around the Korean Peninsula, but also to sow discord between China and South Korea, analysts said, reminding South Korea not to sacrifice its own interests for Washington.
- Top S. Korean, Chinese Diplomats Agree THAAD Should Not Hamper Bilateral Relations: Yonhap Sputnik 09 Aug 2022 -- Heads of foreign ministries of South Korea and China said on Tuesday that the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) should not be a stumbling block in the issue of building relations between Seoul and Beijing, Yonhap broadcaster reported.
- South Korea strives to secure China ties amid US pressure on chips, missile system Global Times 08 Aug 2022 -- With South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin set to kick off a three-day visit to Qingdao in East China's Shandong Province on Monday, the first high-level official to travel to China since South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol took office in May, on the same day, South Korean media cited an unnamed presidential official as saying that the country has decided to attend a preliminary meeting for "Chip 4" - an alliance created by the US that some believe aims to set up a semiconductor barrier against the Chinese mainland.
- Leaders from South Korea, Japan learn about APS-4's role during contingency operations Army News 07 Aug 2022 -- Eighth Army conducted an Army Prepositioned Stock-4 tabletop exercise and terrain walk here, July 26.
- North Korea blasts Pelosi's visit to DMZ, calls her 'worst destroyer of international peace' Press TV 06 Aug 2022 -- North Korea has lambasted US House speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent visit to the heavily-fortified Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas, calling the American official the "worst destroyer of international peace and stability."
- South Korean Lunar Orbiter Successfully Enters Flight Path to Moon - Ministry Sputnik 05 Aug 2022 -- South Korea's lunar orbiter "Danuri" has successfully reached its intended flight trajectory to the moon, South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT said.
- Secretary Antony J. Blinken And Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Park Jin After Their Meeting US Dept. of State 05 Aug 2022
- After stirring up controversy with Taiwan trip, Pelosi to visit DMZ on North Korea border Press TV 04 Aug 2022 -- US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi is planning to visit the demilitarized zone on South Korea's border with the North, after raising controversy elsewhere in the region by visiting Chinese Taipei.
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