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  • S. Korea moviemakers furious over film withdrawal

    09/09/2013 7:39:19 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    France24 ^ | 09/09/2013 | AFP
    AFP - South Korea's film community reacted angrily Monday to a major cinema chain's decision to stop screening a documentary that questions whether North Korea was really behind the 2010 sinking of the warship Cheonan. Megabox withdrew the movie "Project Cheonan" from 27 of its theatres on Saturday, citing customer safety concerns after unidentified conservative activists threatened to stage protest rallies outside the multiplexes. The Megabox move "does serious violence to our cultural vitality which prospers on the basis of diversity and the freedom of expression," the representatives of 11 film industry groups, including directors, producers, critics and others said...
  • Seoul still bristles over Cheonan sinking

    03/27/2012 9:33:25 PM PDT · by U-238 · 21 replies
    Space Daily ^ | 3/27/2012 | Space Daily
    South Korea reiterated warnings to Pyongyang over future military attacks as South Korea commemorates the fatal 2010 sinking of the patrol ship Cheonan allegedly by North Korea. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak said South Korea will "thoroughly retaliate against North Korea" if provoked again," a report by Yonhap news agency said. Last week Lee and Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik visited the National Cemetery in Daejeon to pay respects to the dead sailors. The 1,200-ton naval corvette Cheonan sank rapidly after an explosion from a suspected torpedo ripped the vessel in half in March 2010. It sank just more than 1...
  • U.S. 'Worried About S.Korea's Bolder Deterrence Strategy

    06/27/2011 10:41:46 PM PDT · by Rabin · 5 replies
    chosunilbo ^ | Jun. 27, 2011 09:17 KST | Staff
    "After the North's attack on the Cheonan last year, Gen. Walter Sharp, the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea, expressed concerns about our military's increase of firepower near the demilitarized zone," the government source said. "Since the start of this year, the U.S. has asked officially and unofficially for explanations of the military's aggressive deterrence strategy against the North."
  • Korea Scales Down Defense Ambitions

    05/02/2011 10:18:54 PM PDT · by Rabin · 1 replies
    Chosunilbo ^ | 05/02/2011 | Staff
    Instead, the ministry aims to focus on the defense against North Korea, both in terms of the North’s so-called asymmetrical advantage in local provocations and full-scale warfare. This will likely scrap or delay initiatives to boost military capability against threats from neighboring powers and for futuristic high-tech warfare. They include building additional large warships and purchasing aerial refueling aircraft.
  • N.Korea Digs in Heels Over Cheonan Sinking

    11/03/2010 2:51:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Chosun IIlbo ^ | 11/3/2010 | The Chosun IIlbo
    North Korea on Tuesday denied any involvement in sinking the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan based on what it claims was an internal investigation, the North's official Korean Central News Agency reported. The statement was issued by the top decision-making National Defense Commission. Earlier on May 28, the commission held a press conference for domestic and foreign journalists to rebut the findings of an international probe that put the blame squarely on the North. A South Korean security official said Pyongyang "apparently decided to refuse South Korea's repeated demands for an apology as a precondition for massive aid requested by...
  • South puts rice aid to North on hold.

    10/16/2010 10:25:40 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Joongang Daily ^ | October 15, 2010 | Christine Kim [christine.kim@joongang.co.kr]
    The South Korean Red Cross sent 5,000 tons of rice in emergency aid to North Korea in September, a humanitarian gesture that came after months of silence between the two Koreas since the warship sinking. Unification Minister Hyun In-taek, earlier this month, North Korea’s military has saved up to 1 million tons of rice for its officials and soldiers
  • U.S. to send George Washington to Yellow Sea for future joint drills with S. Korea: Pentagon

    09/09/2010 6:35:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/09/10 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    U.S. to send George Washington to Yellow Sea for future joint drills with S. Korea: Pentagon By Hwang Doo-hyong WASHINGTON, Sept. 9 (Yonhap) -- The United States Thursday reaffirmed its pledge to send a super carrier to joint military exercises with South Korea in waters near China despite Beijing's objections. "The USS George Washington will indeed exercise in the Yellow Sea again," Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said. "We have said that will take place. I don't think we have determined a date yet, but rest assured, the George Washington will operate in the Yellow Sea, as it does in other...
  • China: US Aircraft Carrier to Exercise in Yellow Sea (carrier GW to do in-your-face exercise?)

    08/05/2010 11:03:37 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 1+ views
    VOA News ^ | 08/05/10 | Al Pessin
    US Aircraft Carrier to Exercise in Yellow Sea Al Pessin | The Pentagon05 August 2010 The Pentagon announced Thursday that the U.S. aircraft carrier George Washington will participate in planned exercises with South Korean forces in the Yellow Sea, between the Korean Peninsula and China. The announcement comes in spite of strong objections from China. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell made the announcement, saying the carrier's return to the Yellow Sea will be part of the series of U.S.-South Korean air and naval exercises that started late last month east of the peninsula. "They will be taking place in both...
  • South Korea reels as US backpedals

    07/23/2010 8:22:30 PM PDT · by Rabin · 22 replies
    Asia Times ^ | Jul 24, 2010 | Peter Lee
    As United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates this week met in Seoul with their Republic of Korea , the defining crisis that was supposed to highlight the relevance and effectiveness of their relationship, instead cast an ugly shadow over the event. The United States failed to organize a vigorous international backlash against North Korea for its sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan, and has now exhibited disconcerting second thoughts about its own response.
  • US-S.Korean military exercise to start July 25

    07/21/2010 12:38:52 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    AFP ^ | 7/20/2010 | AFP
    A major US-South Korean military exercise involving about 20 ships, 200 planes and 8,000 personnel will start Sunday in the Sea of Japan (East Sea) to deter North Korea, the US military said on Tuesday. The July 25-28 drill will highlight the resolve of the two countries "to face any threat North Korea may pose", the US-led United Nations Command said in a statement. The war games are a response to the sinking of a South Korean warship earlier this year, which Seoul and Washington blame on North Korea. The announcement followed talks between visiting US Defense Secretary Robert Gates...
  • US aircraft carrier to arrive in SKorea ahead of drill(Update)

    07/19/2010 9:25:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 7/20/2010 | Brahmand.com
    The nuclear-powered aircraft - carrier USS George Washington will make a port call in South Korea Wednesday, ahead of a joint naval drill in the East Sea next week. The 97,000-ton ship based in Yokosuka, Japan, will arrive at South Korea's southeastern port city of Busan with some 60 aircrafts, including F-18 Super Hornets, news agency Yonhap said. The report quoting the US military said, three destroyers from the US carrier's strike group, including the USS McCampbell and the USS John S McCain, will also arrive in South Korea on the same day. SKorea and the US have agreed to...
  • F-22 likely to join military drills with S. Korea: source

    07/18/2010 9:29:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/18/2010 | Yonhap News
    The United States may dispatch its high-tech F-22 Raptor stealth fighter to the Korean Peninsula for the upcoming joint military exercises with South Korea aimed at sending a warning message to North Korea for its continued provocative acts, a government source said Sunday. "Chances are high that the F-22 fighter jet will take part in the South Korea-U.S. joint drills to be held in the East Sea within July, in which a U.S. aircraft carrier will also participate," the source said on the condition of anonymity. "The U.S. is considering the F-22's participation in the training."In response to the March...
  • S. Korea plans anti-submarine drill in August in Yellow Sea

    07/18/2010 2:16:41 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/16/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea is planning to hold an anti-submarine exercise next month in the Yellow Sea following a joint naval drill with the United States expected to be staged later this month in the East Sea, a military source said Friday. The planned exercise is a display of military force intended to deter future provocation by North Korea in the wake of the North's deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March, the source said. No date has been fixed for the exercise that will take place in the Yellow Sea, where a North Korean torpedo sank the Cheonan warship,...
  • No nuke talks if N. Korea requests preconditions: S. Korean FM

    07/17/2010 10:12:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/18/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea's foreign minister made it clear Sunday that the country does not want the six-way nuclear talks over North Korea's nuclear program to resume until the communist nation stops pushing for unacceptable preconditions. "It is not time to discuss six-way talks laden with North Korea-set preconditions," Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan said in an interview with state-owned broadcaster KTV. Yu said the North is apparently attempting to use the long-stalled nuclear negotiations as a means to distract world attention away from the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship in March. A South Korea-led multinational probe found that the North...
  • U.S. Mulls Year-Round Drills with S.Korea

    07/15/2010 2:54:34 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 7/15/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    The U.S. government is apparently debating how to stage joint exercises with South Korea not only this month but all year round as a response to North Korea's torpedo attack on the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March. A diplomatic source in Washington on Tuesday said the U.S. is thinking a lot about these joint exercises "to deliver a clear message to the North." Following the planned joint drill this month, the two countries will further upgrade the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise, which is staged in August every year, and may also possibly conduct various other kinds of drills....
  • U.N. Command, N. Korea end rare meeting over ship sinking

    07/14/2010 11:57:51 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/15/2010 | Kim Deok-hyun
    Military officers from the U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) and North Korea ended a rare meeting Thursday, officials said, the first such meeting since the March sinking of a warship blamed on the communist country. "The meeting ended at around 11:30 a.m.," said an official at the UNC. The official said he had no information on the results of the meeting that lasted about one and a half hours, adding they will be announced later in the day. The colonel-level meeting was aimed at arranging talks of general-grade officers between the two sides for discussions on the sinking, which a...
  • US, South Korean Navies Will Exercise in Yellow Sea Despite Chinese Objections

    07/14/2010 11:10:32 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 7/13/2010 | Al Pessin/Pentagon
    The United States announced Wednesday that some of the naval exercises planned with South Korean forces will be held in the Yellow Sea, between the Korean Peninsula and China, in spite of Chinese government concerns about the plan. The Pentagon also confirmed for the first time that a U.S. aircraft carrier will be involved in the exercises, but would not say whether the huge ship will participate in the Yellow Sea part of the event. Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said the United States respects and considers China's views, but will not be deterred from holding the exercises. They were...
  • North Korea Using Cheonan in Propaganda

    07/14/2010 4:51:31 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 07/14/10 | Namgung Min
    North Korea Using Cheonan in Propaganda By Namgung Min [2010-07-14 14:17 ] ▲ The propaganda poster, 'If you come at us, (we will destroy you) with a single blow!' (source: RFA) A recent North Korean propaganda poster depicting a blue warship being smashed in two by a red fist has been released by Radio Free Asia (RFA). The poster was provided by a Chinese trader who had just returned from a business trip to North Korea, according to RFA. Beneath the picture, it screams, “If you come at us, (we will destroy you) with a single blow!” Releasing the image...
  • N. Command-N. Korea meeting rescheduled for Thursday

    07/14/2010 12:25:15 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/14/2010 | Kim Deok-hyun
    The American-led United Nations Command (UNC) said military talks with North Korea to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on the North have been rescheduled for Thursday. The colonel-level talks were initially scheduled for Tuesday, but North Korea abruptly asked for a delay just hours before the talks were set to begin, citing "administrative reasons." Later that day, the North's military proposed the new date to the Military Armistice Commission of the UNC, and the command accepted, a UNC statement said Wednesday. The meeting "will now take place at 10:00 a.m. on July 15, according to the...
  • Russia beefs up anti-missile defence on North Korean border

    07/13/2010 9:40:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    Monsters and Critics ^ | 7/13/2010 | Monsters and Critics
    Russia plans to install new anti-missile defence systems on its border with North Korea in the wake of the international controversy over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, the Itar-Tass news agency reported on Tuesday. The army will station two modern systems of the S-400 type near the border, an employee of the Defence Ministry was quoted as saying. He added that Russia is 'very concerned' about North Korean missile tests, noting that the test site is 'alarmingly close' to the Russian border. South Korea has blamed North Korea for the sinking of its Cheonan corvette near...
  • NKorea abruptly cancels military talks with UN(Update)

    07/13/2010 12:21:11 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7/13/2010 | Hyung Jin Kim
    North Korea's military abruptly canceled a rare meeting Tuesday with the American-led U.N. Command that had been arranged to discuss the deadly sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on Pyongyang. Military officers from North Korea and the U.N. Command were to meet at the Korean border village of Panmunjom on Tuesday morning to discuss sinking that killed 46 South Korean sailors. It would have been the first such meeting since the sinking, which sharply raised tension on the divided Korean peninsula. The North, however, requested a delay in the talks for "administrative reasons," the U.N. Command said in a...
  • N. Korea delays military talks with U.N. Command on ship sinking

    07/12/2010 11:37:58 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/13/2010 | Kim Deok-hyun
    North Korea's military delayed a rare meeting set for Tuesday with military officers from the U.S.-led United Nations Command (UNC) to discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on the communist country, officials said. The two sides were scheduled to meet at the border truce village of Panmunjom on Tuesday morning, but the North's military requested a delay about two hours before the meeting's scheduled start, citing "administrative reasons," said an official at the UNC. A new date for the colonel-level meeting, which would be the first such meeting since the March sinking that dramatically raised tensions on...
  • S. Korea expects joint naval drills with U.S. in July

    07/12/2010 11:33:37 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/13/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea's defense ministry said Tuesday it expects to hold joint naval exercises with the United States in July, though an exact date and location of the planned drills have yet to be set. Defense ministry spokesman Won Tae-jae told reporters the two sides are still working on the details of the joint drills, which were originally scheduled for last month to deter any further North Korean provocations in the wake of Pyongyang's deadly sinking of a Seoul warship in March.Still, the date, location and methods have not been decided, but I think it's right to say the South Korea-U.S....
  • U.S. Ships Could Move to East Sea for Joint Drill(Zero caves to Chicom; toothless drill)

    07/12/2010 4:09:45 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Chosun ^ | 07/13/10
    U.S. Ships Could Move to East Sea for Joint Drill South Korea and the U.S. are mulling a joint maritime drill in both the East and West Seas this month after China lodged a protest against a huge U.S. military presence on its doorstep. The idea is to deploy some of the bigger American ships including an aircraft carrier to the east of the Korean Peninsula instead. A government source on Monday said there is "near-consensus" for turning the planned West Sea drill into an exercise in both the East and West Seas to reflect the positions of Beijing and...
  • Military to convene disciplinary committee over ship sinking

    07/10/2010 9:31:09 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/11/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea's military plans to convene a disciplinary committee meeting late this month to censure senior officers over the deadly sinking of a naval ship in North Korea's torpedo attack in March, an official said Sunday. Last month, South Korea's state audit agency, the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI), asked the defense ministry to reprimand 25 senior military officers, accusing them of mishandling the March 26 sinking of the warship Cheonan, which left 46 sailors dead. "We're conducting an investigation to determine the accountability of those accused by the BAI," a senior defense ministry official said on condition of...
  • China squawks but joint drill still on (S. Korea-U.S. naval exercise with carrier GW)

    07/10/2010 4:54:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    China squawks but joint drill still on July 10, 2010 The United States will go ahead with plans for a joint military exercise with Korea in the Yellow Sea despite opposition from China, the Pentagon said Thursday. “We are still planning bilateral exercises with the Republic of Korea,” Maureen Schumann, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon, told Yonhap News Agency. Schumann was responding to remarks by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang earlier in the day that China is firmly opposed to the Korea-U.S. joint military exercises scheduled for later this month. Qin also called on relevant parties to refrain from...
  • U.N. condemns attack of S. Korean warship without naming N. Korea

    07/09/2010 9:46:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 7/9/2010 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    The U.N. Security Council adopted a statement Friday condemning the attack that led to the sinking of a South Korean warship without directly linking North Korea to the incident. The 15-member council unanimously approved the statement one day after five veto-wielding members, including the North's major ally China, agreed to a draft statement. China succeeded in diluting the statement, as it did not point the finger at North Korea and included North Korea's denial of involvement in the incident, which killed 46 sailors in the Yellow Sea in March. "The Security Council condemns the attack which led to the sinking...
  • N. Korea: U.S. Posts Pictures of Nuclear Sub in 'Show of Force'

    07/08/2010 1:42:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/08/10
    U.S. Posts Pictures of Nuclear Sub in 'Show of Force' The U.S. nuclear-powered submarine Michigan docked at a South Korean naval base in Busan from the end of June until last Friday. According to South Korean military sources on Wednesday, the Michigan, armed with 154 Tomahawk cruise missiles with a range of 1,600 km, docked in Busan for a week to get fresh supplies and allow its crew a rest following exercises in waters off the Korean Peninsula. In an unprecedented move, the U.S. Navy posted a photograph of the docked submarine on its website. Hong Kong's South China Morning...
  • China: PLA Navy starts live-ammunition training in west Pacific(countering ROK-US navy drill)

    07/07/2010 5:22:34 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 06/30/10
    PLA Navy starts live-ammunition training in west Pacific English.news.cn 2010-06-30 19:07:39 FeedbackPrintRSS BEIJING, June 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese military authorities announced Wednesday the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy has begun an annual routine live-ammunition training in the East China Sea. The No. 91765 unit of the Navy's East China Sea Fleet commenced the training off the coast of southeast China's Zhejiang Province Wednesday, a statement released by the ministry said. The training involves naval vessels shooting targets in China's eight fishery zones that are within China's Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and also where the U.S. military has repeatedly sent ships...
  • SKorea, US plan naval drills after UN actions against NKorea

    07/07/2010 12:56:56 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    Brahmand.com ^ | 7/6/2010 | Brahmand.com
    South Korea and the United States will stage large-scale anti-submarine drills in the Yellow Sea after the United Nations takes action against Pyongyang for sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan, Yonhap news agency said. "The joint drills will be carried out after the U N Security Council takes measure against North Korea," the agency quoting Col. Lee Bung Woo said. The United States’s 97,000-ton USS George Washington, an Aegis-equipped destroyer, and a nuclear-powered submarine are reportedly participating in the joint naval drills and a 4,500-ton destroyer, a submarine and F-15K fighter jets will take part from the South Korean...
  • US has to pay for provoking China(bold-faced intimidation: chicom mouthpiece)

    07/06/2010 4:27:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Global Times ^ | 07/06/10
    US has to pay for provoking China * Source: Global Times * [03:14 July 06 2010] The widely anticipated and repeatedly postponed joint exercise between the US and South Korean navies in the Yellow Sea is still in the air. Yet the signs are that the other shoe will eventually drop in a week or two despite China's strong opposition. True, the US has the right to play its war game against the imagined threat from North Korea on the high seas. But the anxiety on the Chinese side will be huge if a US aircraft carrier enters the sea...
  • Chinese leaders privately debated N. Korea, backed stability and Kim dynasty

    06/30/2010 9:23:31 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Inside China/East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 6/23/2010 | Willy Lam
    A report by the Council on Foreign Relations stated last week that China has not signed on to the U.S. goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula and its main interest remains support for North Korea as a way to maintain regional stability. Evans Revere, an analyst at the Albright Stonebridge consulting group and member of a CFR task force on U.S. policy toward the Korean peninsula, said China is “very deeply conflicted” on North Korea. “We've seen that played out since March 26th, the sinking of the Cheonan, where the initial Chinese reaction to the sinking of that ship by...
  • China Rebuffs Western Criticism Over North Korea

    06/30/2010 7:03:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    VOA News ^ | 06/29/10 | Peter Simpson
    China Rebuffs Western Criticism Over North Korea Peter Simpson | Beijing 29 June 2010 China is rejecting Western criticism that it is not doing enough to condemn North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean navel vessel. China rebuked U.S. President Barack Obama's claim that it was willfully blind to the risks posed by North Korea. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Beijing felt the dangers of a divided Korean peninsula more acutely than Washington and other western powers. President Obama criticized China over the weekend at the G20 Summit in Canada for failing to take a tough...
  • SKorea's military wants budget increased sharply

    06/30/2010 1:27:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 6/30/2010 | Hyung-Jin Kim
    South Korea's Defense Ministry is seeking a sharp increase in next year's budget to improve its fighting capability due to tensions over the deadly sinking of a warship blamed on North Korea, an official said Wednesday. Defense Ministry officials have agreed to request about 31.6 trillion won ($25.8 billion) next year to introduce new weapons and improve military hardware and welfare facilities for troops, a ministry official said on condition of anonymity, citing department policy. The amount would represent a 6.9 percent increase from the 29.5 trillion won budgeted this year, which was a 3.6 percent increase from the year...
  • Kim Jong-un elected to parliament

    06/29/2010 8:53:40 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 16 replies · 1+ views
    JoongAngDaily ^ | 6/30/2010 | Lee Young-jong
    Kim Jong-un, the youngest son and possible heir of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, was elected to the parliament of the one-party communist state in March of last year, a Western source told a small group of reporters in Seoul. “We confirmed Kim Jong-un was elected as a representative from District 216 through North Korean sources two months after the election,” the Western source said. The Supreme People’s Assembly is a rubber stamp for the Communist Party and is comprised of high-ranking Communist Party officials. The election of Kim Jong-un, 27, is further evidence that he is being groomed to...
  • S. Korea, U.S. to decide on naval exercises in step with U.N. action on N. Kor

    06/28/2010 10:49:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/28/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea and the United States are expected to fix dates for their joint naval exercises after assessing progress in Seoul's diplomatic efforts to rebuke North Korea at the U.N. Security Council, an official here said Monday. The two countries agreed last month to hold the drills after a multinational team of investigators blamed North Korea for torpedoing a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, in the Yellow Sea on March 26. The attack left 46 sailors dead. Seoul has referred the incident to the Security Council, urging its members to punish North Korea. "The dates for the joint exercises are...
  • US: Sinking of SKorean warship not terrorism

    06/28/2010 11:12:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 95 replies · 3+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/28/10 | Matthew Lee - ap
    WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is saying that the sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea was not terrorism, and not enough by itself to put the Pyongyang back on a U.S. terror blacklist. The State Department said Monday that the March sinking of the frigate Cheonan was a "provocative action" and a violation of the truce that ended the Korean war. But it added that the sinking by a reported North Korean torpedo strike was the act of one state's military against another.
  • Lee to press for Cheonan support at G-20 Summit

    06/26/2010 11:09:47 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld
    JoongAng Daily ^ | 6/26/2010 | Jung Ha-won
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan are expected to ratchet up diplomatic efforts to garner international support for a UN reprimand of North Korea during this weekend’s G-20 Summit in Toronto. Seoul has asked the UN Security Council to officially condemn Pyongyang for the fatal March 26 attack on South Korean warship Cheonan, an accusation Pyongyang has furiously denied. After two Koreas held dueling briefings to push their own versions of the story to member countries at the UN Security Council, negotiations came to a temporary halt this week as the ambassadors of the member countries...
  • S. Korea, U.S. to delay wartime command transfer, speed up FTA

    06/26/2010 10:53:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/26/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korean President Lee Myung-bak and his American counterpart Barack Obama announced a three-year delay in Washington's transfer of wartime operational control (OPCON) to Seoul, citing the volatile atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula with North Korea's continued military provocations, most recently a deadly naval attack on a warship. The leaders also agreed to make concrete efforts to revive their long-stalled free trade agreement talks, as Obama set November as the deadline for completing necessary discussions. Obama began the summit with Lee with a show of his resolve to make North Korea pay a price for sinking a South Korean warship,...
  • (South Korean)Defense Committee Passes Resolution on Cheonan Sinking

    06/26/2010 12:49:09 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 6/24/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    The National Assembly's Defense Committee on Wednesday passed a resolution accusing North Korea of torpedoing the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan. It took 89 days since the ship sank in the West Sea on March 26. Both the U.S. Congress and European Parliament were quicker to react by passing relevant resolutions on May 14 at the Senate and May 26 at the House of Representatives and on June 17 in Strasbourg. The resolution is now expected to pass a full session of the National Assembly on June 28. The main opposition Democratic Party is expected to make no attempt to...
  • Report: North Korea's consolidated intelligence steps up ops against South

    06/24/2010 2:38:54 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    East-Asia-Intel.com ^ | 6/16/2010 | East-Asia-Intel.com
    North Korea's intelligence and security agencies are increasing operations against South Korea. The organs of the Kim Jong-Il regime have been restructured to “secure the power and position of Kim Jong-Il and to deal with increasing levels of unrest and corruption within the civilian population and the military,” stated a report by Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr., for the group 38 North. The 2009 to 2010 reorganization is the most dramatic in years and appears aimed at unifying all intelligence and security organs under the all-powerful National Defense Commission headed by Kim and his key military and civilian cronies. The reorganization...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea threatens to apply 'wartime laws' on detained U.S. national

    06/24/2010 3:52:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 06/24/10 | Sam Kim
    (LEAD) N. Korea threatens to apply 'wartime laws' on detained U.S. national By Sam Kim SEOUL, June 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korea threatened Thursday to apply "wartime laws" on a U.S. national it is holding, citing what it called U.S. hostilities against the communist country over the sinking of a South Korean warship. Earlier this year, a North Korean court sentenced Aijalon Gomes, a 30-year-old American, to eight years in a labor camp for illegal entry on Jan. 25. The communist state's official Korean Central News Agency said its authorities are considering additional measures against Gomes "from the perspective of...
  • KAL Bomber Believes Kim Jong-il Ordered Cheonan Sinking

    06/23/2010 1:03:00 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 6/23/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    The surviving bomber of Korean Air flight 858 is convinced that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il gave orders to sink the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan in March. Kim Hyun-hee, now rehabilitated and living in the South, was speaking to the Monthly Chosun. "To those who still claim that the result of the investigation was fabricated, the truth doesn't matter. Rather, they're afraid of the truth that North Korea did it, and they just don't like it." She pointed out that the North still denies its involvement in the bombing of the Korean Air flight 858. "North Korea still claims...
  • G-20 leaders to discuss Cheonan's sinking for possible rebuke of N. Korea: State Dept

    06/22/2010 6:02:26 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 6/22/2010 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    The leaders of 20 leading economies will discuss the sinking of a South Korean warship at their summit later this week, the U.S. State Department said Tuesday. Spokesman Philip Crowley, however, said he was not sure if the leaders either at the G-20 summit or the G-8 economic summit in Canada will produce a joint statement blaming North Korea for the sinking of the Cheonan in the Yellow Sea in March, which killed 46 sailors. "I think the president will have the opportunity to meet with a range of leaders from the region," Crowley said. "I'm certain that the issue...
  • Warship Sinking: Russia Demands N Korea Be Not Named In G-8 Summit Draft

    06/22/2010 5:50:15 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    RTT News ^ | 6/22/2010 | RTT News
    Russia has demanded member-states at the upcoming G-8 summit refrain from blaming North Korea for the sinking of a South Korean warship in a draft of the meeting's statement. Citing a Japanese government source, a Kyodo news report said the demand follows an investigation by a team of four Russian Navy submarine and torpedo experts into the March 26 sinking of the 'Cheonan' in the Yellow Sea in which 46 South Korean sailors drowned. Moscow says it has yet to reach an official conclusion on the warship sinking. The issue is likely to figure prominently at the summit starting in...
  • N. Korea: `NK Torpedo Had Quality Assurance Mark in Catalog`

    06/22/2010 7:38:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 06/22/10
    `NK Torpedo Had Quality Assurance Mark in Catalog` JUNE 22, 2010 12:13 A catalog promoting a North Korean torpedo that allegedly sank the South Korean warship Cheonan had the name of a North Korean economic organization printed on it as well as a certification of quality, a South Korean government source said Monday. The civilian-military joint investigation team found six parts of the torpedo written in Japanese after enlarging the weaponÂ’s design. This is because fonts were broken when design drawings contained in a CD-Rom were printed out on a Korean computer. A paper catalog made by North Korea is...
  • Russia Hedges Bets Over Cheonan Sinking

    06/21/2010 12:40:19 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 1+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 6/21/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday called for a "thorough investigation" of the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan before taking any action against North Korea. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Medvedev said, "Although only one version has been broadly circulated, we should not take it immediately for granted. A thorough investigation is needed." The sinking, which claimed the lives of 46 South Korean sailors, was "tragic," he said, adding that the "hypothesis" that it was torpedoed by "a neighboring country" -- i.e. North Korea -- is one of the possible scenarios. "As soon as the results...
  • US to retake control of S Korea war games amid tensions

    06/19/2010 9:50:25 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 237+ views
    Times of India ^ | 6/17/2010 | Times of India
    US forces will regain control over a major annual military exercise with South Korea amid rising tensions with the North following the sinking of one of Seoul's warships, officials said on Thursday. Seoul's defence ministry said the Combined Forces Command led by US General Walter Sharp will retake control of the computerised war game called Ulchi Freedom Guardian (UFG) from this year. In 2008 and last year the South's military took control of the exercise, to prepare for a scheduled transfer of wartime command in the military alliance. UFG, which is due to start in mid-August, is the world's largest...
  • Korea-US naval drills to begin in late June

    06/19/2010 1:25:13 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 417+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 6/18/2010 | Jung Sung-ki
    South Korea and the United States have agreed to stage joint naval exercises later this month in the West Sea, an official at the Ministry of National Defense said Friday. “We’ve decided to stage joint naval drills in the final week of this month,” the official said. “U.S. warships belonging to the U.S. 7th Fleet, including an aircraft carrier, will join the drills as planned before.” The two governments were originally scheduled to hold naval exercises, including a joint anti-submarine drill, in early June in a show of force against possible North Korean provocation in waters near the sea border....
  • U.S. prepares deployment of carrier group to Korea pending Obama's decision

    06/18/2010 8:26:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 23 replies · 717+ views
    East-Asia Intel ^ | 6/9/2010 | East-Asia Intel
    East-Asia-Intel.com, June 9, 2010 The Obama administration is debating whether to dispatch the aircraft carrier strike group led by the USS George Washington to waters near Korea as a show of force. The strike group would ratchet up pressure on North Korea over its provocative sinking of the South Korean ship Cheonan in March that killed 46 sailors. The carrier strike group would be sent for a joint U.S.-South Korean anti-submarine drill. The drill was put on hold June 4. Officials in the Obama administration are opposing the exercises and the carrier strike group deployment over concerns that the show...