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  • South Korea’s prime minister offers to resign over ferry disaster

    04/26/2014 8:05:27 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 39 replies
    SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea's prime minister offered to resign Sunday over the government's handling of a deadly ferry sinking, blaming "deep-rooted evils" and irregularities in a society for a tragedy that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing.
  • Reputed North Korean drones worry officials in the South

    04/12/2014 10:12:17 PM PDT · by BBell · 2 replies ^ | 4/11/14 | Chico Harlan
    South Korea has long taken unusual pains to keep people from aerially photographing its presidential palace. On a mountainous hiking trail that winds behind the blue-roofed palace, cameras are restricted. The satellite mapping service produced by Naver — Korea’s version of Google — resorts to a Photoshop trick, depicting the Blue House, set just north of Seoul’s downtown, as a bushy forest.Such covertness is often excused as the duty the of a country technically at war. Decades ago, North Korean commandos tried to raid the palace. Pyongyang could presumably plan worse.It was with a degree of chagrin, then, that South...
  • Samsung claims a ‘Massive’ Graphene Wafer breakthrough – Begins Prototype production of gFETs ....

    04/07/2014 11:23:16 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 56 replies ^ | 12:16 PM - 6 Apr 2014 | Syed Muhammad Usman Pirzada
    Graphene is slated as the major breakthrough of this century. Infact it could very well propel the semiconductor a couple of decades easily (compared to the performance trend via Moore’s law ). Graphene transistors are more than capable of being clocked at 500Ghz so you get the idea of what Samsung is claiming to have achieved: a replicateable production process of Graphene nodes.Graphene.Experimental gFET Graphene Production – Scientific breakthrough of this century to be used in CPUs* of wearable devicesOK, I admit, I was being slightly sarcastic when I wrote the headline. It seems sort of ironic that if Samsung’s...
  • NKorea delays SKorea entry to Kaesong industrial park (serious escalation)

    04/02/2013 7:11:33 PM PDT · by Squidpup · 36 replies
    Bangkok Post ^ | April 3, 2013 | Bangkok Post
    North Korea on Wednesday delayed the entry of South Koreans to a joint industrial complex in a rare move amid high tensions on the Korean peninsula, the South's Unification Ministry said. "North Korea has not yet given us the daily permission for the entry of 484 South Koreans into Kaesong today," a South Korean Unification Ministry spokeswoman told AFP. The border crossing usually takes place at 8:30 am (2330 GMT), but there has been no word from the North's officials for almost an hour, she said. The delay sparked fears the North could carry out its threatened shutdown of the...
  • Jill Kelley is an 'honorary consul' of South Korea

    11/14/2012 3:47:50 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 24 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | November 13, 2012 | Josh Rogin
    Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite connected to ISAF Commander John Allen and former CIA Director David Petraeus, is an "honorary consul" of South Korea, a diplomatic official with direct knowledge of the arrangement told The Cable. "She is an ‘honorary consul' of the Republic of Korea," the official said. "She assumed this position last August thanks to her good connections and network." The position of honorary consul is symbolic and has no official responsibilities, the official said. "She does not work as a real consul. They play a role to improve the relationship between the ROK and the U.S.," the...
  • Navy to Operate Mistral Missiles for First Time (South Korea)

    08/31/2011 6:10:27 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    Navy to Operate Mistral Missiles for First Time (Source: Republic of Korea Ministry of National Defense; dated Aug. 23, 2011) The South Korean Navy is planning to load man-portable Surface to Air Missiles (SAM), so-called Mistral, to all patrol boats in operation in due order to use them in antiaircraft and antiship defense purpose. “The Navy will load Mistrals onto patrol boats that are deployed in the Yellow Sea [near the Northern Limit Line] starting the end of this month,” said an official under the Naval Operations Command. “Eventually, all patrol boats will be equipped with such weapon and we...
  • ROK(Republic of Korea) fielded 500km range ballistic missiles,Hyunmoo-2B, in 2009.

    02/18/2011 9:55:17 PM PST · by shutwho · 4 replies
    S. Korean newspaper,The Chosun Daily, reported yesterday that S. Korean Army fieled 500km range(500kg warhead) ballistic missile in 2009. Agency for Defense Development,a government agency, started the development in 2007 and the Army filded them in late 2009. this mobile-launcher type missile has about 950 submunitions inside warhead. its shape and size is similiar to Russian SS-21. S. Korean Army has domestically developed Hyunmoo-1(ballistic, 180km range), Hyunmoo-2A(ballistic, 300km), Hyunmoo-2B(ballistic,500km ), Hyunmoo-3A(cruise, 500km), Hyunmoo-3B(cruise, 1,000km), Hyunmoo-3C(cruise, 1,500km). also has imported ATACMS(180km,300km) S. Korean Navy has 500km range cruise misssiles, too. this missile is naval version of Hyunmoo-3A that launches from KVLS(Korean...
  • Special Intelligence NCO of Defense Intelligence Command,ROK(S. Korea)

    even after cease fire on July, 1953, The Korean War was continued unofficially in the shadows. thousands of lives were perished in secret ops. nobody admitted this truth until recently. they are Special Intelligence NCOs... recruit poster of Defense Intelligence Command,nowdays.
  • ROK(South Korea) Army's latest weapons in development(Video)

    01/08/2011 2:43:38 AM PST · by shutwho · 16 replies
    a Video about KM-SAM CheolMae-2 and XK2 MBT Active Protection System video is here: CheolMae(Iron Eagle)-2 XK2 Black Panther KM-SAM Iron Eagle-2 is due to be completed this year. the Multi-Function Radar is co-developed by SamsungThales & Russian Almaz-Antey. the missile is indigenous one. XK2 Black panther is scheduled to start mass production this year.
  • Military pact sought with South Korea (Japan)

    01/03/2011 5:52:29 PM PST · by Ronin · 6 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 | Kyodo News
    Cooperation eyed on overseas ops The government plans to pursue a military agreement that ensures reciprocal provision of supplies and services between the Self-Defense Forces and the South Korean military when conducting international cooperative activities, sources said Monday. Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa is expected to convey the plan for the Acquisition and Cross-Servicing Agreement to his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan Jin when he visits next Monday. Kitazawa is also expected to confirm the need to accelerate bilateral talks to conclude the General Security of Military Information Agreement, the sources said. Tokyo has acknowledged a growing need to strengthen military...
  • Russian Arms in ROK(South Korea) Armed Forces?

    there were hands full of Soviet tanks in ROK Army for OPFOR role. now they got 35 T-80U and 70 BMP-3 in the inventory. those weren't imported for OPFOR role but fielded in the front line, in 3rd Armored Brigade. check the source URL for more info. T-80U BMP-3
  • a little information about South Korean K21 IFV

    12/19/2010 5:34:25 AM PST · by shutwho · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Greetings from S. Korea! I wrote a article about K21 IFV in my blog. there aren't much explanation about K21 IFV, but lots of pics and videos instead. this is the article: I spent almost a month to search infos about K21. and if you don't have broadband internet service, I advise you do not click that link. lots of traffic. Regards, S. J. Kim a.k.a blue_shark
  • Boeing Delivers 3 More Slam Eagles to Republic of Korea

    12/07/2010 9:49:39 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Boeing ^ | 12/7/2010 | Boeing
    Boeing [on Nov. 8 delivered three F-15K Slam Eagles to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) at Daegu Air Base. The company delivered the first three of 21 F-15Ks it is producing under the Next Fighter II contract to the ROKAF in September. The remaining 15 aircraft will be delivered through March 2012. "Boeing is honored to deliver these highly advanced fighters to the ROKAF," said Roger Besancenez, Boeing F-15 Program vice president. "We will continue to work closely with our ROKAF customers to prepare for upcoming deliveries that will provide them with superior air combat capability, as we...
  • No limit to S.Korea's retaliation, defence minister warns

    12/04/2010 9:38:21 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies ^ | 12/4/2010 |
    South Korea will swiftly and strongly respond with force until North Korea surrenders if the communist state launches another assault, the South's new defence minister said Saturday. Kim Kwan-Jin issued the warning during his inauguration speech after President Lee Myung-Bak officially appointed the retired four-star general as the new defence chief following a parliamentary confirmation hearing Friday. Kim Kwan-Jin replaced Kim Tae-Young, who came under fire over the military's allegedly feeble response to North Korea's deadly shelling of South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island near the tense Yellow Sea border on November 23. "If North Korea launches another military attack on our...
  • Republic Of Korea Selects Lockheed Martin’s Proven C-130J Super Hercules For New Airlift Fleet

    12/02/2010 9:12:48 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Lockheed Martin ^ | 12/2/2010 | Lockheed Martin
    Lockheed Martin has signed a contract with the Republic of Korea to provide the nation four C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. Korea’s new Super Hercules will be the longer fuselage or “stretched” combat delivery variant. Deliveries will be in 2014 and the contract also contains a two-year support program including aircrew and maintenance training. Korea joins 14 other nations that have selected the proven C 130J. “Because it is a legacy C-130 operator, the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) is able to take advantage of common spares, support equipment and a sound knowledge of the C-130 to reduce costs and...
  • WikiLeaks row: China wants Korean reunification, officials confirm

    11/30/2010 9:50:30 AM PST · by DManA · 25 replies · 1+ views home Location ^ | Tuesday 30 November 2010 | Simon Tisdall
    China supports the "independent and peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula" and cannot afford to give the North Korean regime the impression it has a blank cheque to act any way it wants, Chinese officials based in Europe said today. The officials, who asked not to be identified, spoke after the Guardian revealed that senior figures in Beijing, exasperated with North Korea behaving like a "spoiled child", had told their South Korean counterparts that China was leaning towards acceptance of reunification under Seoul's control. China's moves to distance itself from the North Korean regime were revealed in the latest tranche...
  • Schwartz: Air Force Ready To Respond To Korea Attack

    11/28/2010 8:59:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 27 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 11/28/2010 | MSNBC
    The Air Force stands ready to respond if hostilities between North Korea and South Korea escalate, the service's top uniformed officer said, but American fighter jets remained at their normal alert status a day after a North Korean artillery attack. The North fired artillery shells at the island of Yeonpyeong on Tuesday, killing two people and dramatically raising tensions between American-allied South Korea and the nuclear-armed north. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz, in a meeting with reporters later that morning, said his service has plenty of firepower in the region and listed the bases from which the...
  • SKorea mourns 2 marines killed in NKorean attack

    11/26/2010 10:08:23 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 5 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Nov 27,2010 | AHN YOUNG-JOON and KIM KWANG-TAE
    South Korean dignitaries placed white chrysanthemums on a funeral altar Saturday for two marines killed in a North Korean bombardment, as the country prepared military maneuvers with the U.S. that have enraged the North and concerned China. The South Korean marines commander vowed "thousand-fold" retaliation following Tuesday's attack on a South Korean island, which also killed two civilians in one of the worst artillery attacks on the country's territory since the 1950-53 Korean War. North Korea issued new warnings Saturday against the war games scheduled to start Sunday with a U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the Yellow Sea, calling them...
  • Time to Upgrade Outmoded Military Aircraft

    11/15/2010 6:28:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Chosun IIlbo ^ | 11/15/2010 | The Chosun IIlbo
    Two Air Force pilots were killed when an RF-4C reconnaissance plane crashed into a mountain in North Jeolla Province on Friday during a low-altitude training mission. The Air Force is investigating whether the crash was due to mechanical problems or pilot error. The crash was the third one so far this year for the Air Force after F5 fighter jets crashed in March and June. The three crashes this year involved different aircraft, but all are more than 30 years old. The RF-4C was produced in the U.S. in 1966, and the Air Force bought and recycled them in 1990s...
  • Seoul seeking to export 500 trainer jets to U.S.

    11/05/2010 5:11:11 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 20 replies
    Korea Joongang Daily ^ | November 03, 2010
    Seoul seeking to export 500 trainer jets to U.S. November 03, 2010 Korea is seeking to export as many as 500 supersonic trainer jets to the United States, whose Air Force is considering replacing its aging fleet of trainer aircraft, a government official said yesterday. The U.S. Air Force is reviewing options on whether to upgrade the aging T-38 trainer jets or replace them with new ones, with a decision expected by 2012, the official said. The official added that a team of U.S. inspectors visited Seoul this year to check the performance of the Korean-built T-50 trainer jets. “If...
  • S. Korea, U.S. cancel naval exercise due to G-20 summit: sources

    10/26/2010 2:30:33 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 10/24/2010 | Yonhap News
    South Korea and the United States have decided not to hold a joint naval drill, which was expected to take place in the Yellow Sea late this month, in consideration of geopolitical conditions ahead of an upcoming Seoul G-20 economic summit, defense sources said Sunday. "For the time being, there will be no joint aircraft carrier strike group exercise that South Korea and the U.S. considered holding late this month," a high-level government source said, requesting anonymity. "A training involving a U.S. aircraft carrier will not be held within this year." The allies initially planned to hold the exercise joined...
  • 18th AGRS makes first deployment to ROK

    10/21/2010 11:23:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Kwangju Air Base, Republic of Korea, is hosting the fourth annual MAX THUNDER exercise, a bi-lateral training exercise with ROK military forces. The exercise will occur in western airspace over the Korean Peninsula between ROK and U.S. allied air forces. Republic of Korea Air Force aircrew members will train alongside U.S. Air Force aircrew during this exercise which employs scenarios comparable to RED FLAG at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. According to base officials, although MAX THUNDER will not have the same airspace, ranges and threat replication capabilities like those at RED FLAG, USAF and RoKAF Airmen will receive a...
  • 1 in 5 Imported Navy Missiles Misses Target (South Korea)

    10/12/2010 9:46:36 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    1 in 5 Imported Navy Missiles Misses Target Some missiles imported by the Navy have an accuracy rate of less than 80 percent, according to data submitted to the National Assembly's Defense Committee on Tuesday. Five of 23 missiles which the Navy test-fired between July 2008 and this July failed to hit their targets –- three of nine SM-2 missiles made by Raytheon in the U.S., one of 12 Sea-Skua missiles by the U.K's MBDA, and one of two Harpoon missiles by the U.S.' Boeing. The Navy attributed the low accuracy to mishandling of the missiles by the operators and...
  • U.S.-Korean Defense Leaders Announce Exercise Invincible Spirit

    07/20/2010 6:27:05 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 7/20/2010 | By Jim Garamone
    – The United States and South Korea today announced a series of military exercises designed to send a strong, clear message to North Korea to stop its provocative and warlike acts. Video U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Republic of Korea National Defense Minister Kim Tae-young released a joint statement on the exercises following meetings here. The first in a series is a combined maritime and air readiness exercise named Invincible Spirit. About 8,000 U.S. and ROK military personnel will participate. The exercise is in response to the unprovoked attack on and sinking of the South Korean frigate Cheonan...
  • Aims and Motives of China's East China Sea Live Fire Drills

    07/18/2010 12:21:29 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies
    The Jamestown Foundation ^ | 7/9/2010 | Russell Hsiao
    The Chinese Ministry of National Defense announced on June 24 that all vessels would be prohibited from entering areas located east of Zhoushan to Taizhou city in Zhejiang in the East China Sea from June 30 to July 5. During that time period, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) conducted a six-day, live ammunition drill in a move that analysts say may be in response to a planned joint exercise between the United States and Republic of Korea (ROK) navies in the Yellow Sea. In spite of a lack of expert agreement over Chinese intentions, one aspect of the exercise...
  • South Korea Develops Cruise Missile That Can Fly 1,500 Kilometres

    07/17/2010 3:48:10 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Bernama ^ | 07/17/2010
    South Korea Develops Cruise Missile That Can Fly 1,500 Kilometres South Korea Develops Cruise Missile That Can Fly 1,500 Kilometres SEOUL, July 17 (Bernama) -- South Korea has developed an indigenous cruise missile with a range of up to 1,500 kilometers and plans to deploy it along the border with North Korea later this year, a defence official, quoted by Yonhap news agency, said on Saturday. The previous version of the Hyunmoo missile had a range of only 1,000km. Under an agreement with the United States, South Korea is allowed to extend the range of its cruise missiles without restriction...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • South Korea’s Collective Shrug

    05/28/2010 3:05:51 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 18 replies · 650+ views
    NY Times ^ | 27 May 2010 | B R Myers
    ONE of the students at my university was killed in the attack that sank a South Korean naval vessel on March 26. A visual communications major, Mun Yeong-uk was only a few months from concluding his military service when a North Korean torpedo split the warship, the Cheonan, in half. His classmates loyally collected money for his family’s funeral expenses, but I was struck by how few people on our campus evinced any real anger toward the regime of Kim Jong-il. This lack of indignation is mainstream here. Most people now accept North Korea’s responsibility for the sinking that killed...
  • Special Address to the Nation by The President Lee Myung-bak(Speech on Cheonan and North Korea)

    05/24/2010 1:46:42 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 676+ views
    Cheong Da We ^ | 5/24/2010 | Cheong Da We
    Fellow Koreans, I am standing here today, keenly aware that the Korean Peninsula is facing a critical turning point. My fellow citizens, The Cheonan was sunk by a surprise North Korean torpedo attack. Again, the perpetrator was North Korea. Their attack came at a time when the people of the Republic of Korea were enjoying their well-earned rest after a hard day’s work. Once again, North Korea violently shattered our peace. The sinking of the Cheonan constitutes a military provocation against the Republic of Korea by North Korea. Since the end of the Korean War, the North has perpetrated incessant...
  • S. Korea to launch anti-North military drills, broadcasts

    05/24/2010 1:06:22 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 273+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/24/2010 | Kim Deok-hyun
    South Korea's defense chief said Monday his military will launch its own anti-proliferation exercise and resume psychological warfare against North Korea, as parts of its initial military measures to punish Pyongyang for a deadly torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in March. The planned military exercise scheduled to take place in the second half of the year to deter proliferation of North Korean weapons of mass destruction will be the first of its kind by the South's military. Defense Minister Kim Tae-young also said the South would actively participate in a U.S.-led anti-proliferation drill, known as the Proliferation of...
  • Lee says Seoul ready to invoke self-defense against future N.K. provocation

    05/24/2010 12:57:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 735+ views
    Yonghap News ^ | 5/24/2010 | Lee Chi-dong
    South Korea said Monday it will unhesitatingly exercise its right of self-defense in the event of future armed provocation by North Korea and freeze all of its remaining exchanges with the communist neighbor, except for Kaesong industrial park. Announcing a set of tough punitive steps against Pyongyang for its fatal attack on one of its warships in March, President Lee Myung-bak said his government will request the U.N. Security Council take up the case."From now on, the Republic of Korea will not tolerate any provocative act by the North and will maintain a principle of proactive deterrence," the president said...
  • Obama tells military: prepare for North Korea aggression

    05/24/2010 12:50:36 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 934+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo news ^ | 5/24/2010 | Jeff Mason
    President Barack Obama has directed the U.S. military to coordinate with South Korea to "ensure readiness" and deter future aggression from North Korea, the White House said on Monday. The United States gave strong backing to plans by South Korean President Lee Myung-bak to punish North Korea for sinking one of its naval ships, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement. The White House urged North Korea to apologize and change its behavior, he said. "We endorse President Lee's demand that North Korea immediately apologize and punish those responsible for the attack, and, most importantly, stop its belligerent...
  • Seoul to refocus military reform back on North Korea threat

    05/23/2010 1:05:12 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 498+ views
    East-Asia-Intel ^ | 5/19/2010 | East-Asia-Intel
    South Korea's conservative government is expected to drop the Defense Reform 2020, a long-term military project crafted by the previous liberal leadership. In the first meeting of the Commission for National Security Review, organized following the sinking of the warship Cheonan in march, President Lee Myung-Bak ordered his Cabinet to review Defense Reform 2020 to better counter threats from the hostile communist neighbor. Defense Reform 2020 was adopted by former President Roh Moo-Hyun, who pushed for reconciliation with the North. It was designed to make South Korea's military less dependent on the United States and called for a reduction of...
  • Goodbye Sunshine

    05/21/2010 11:42:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 760+ views
    Foreign Press Magazine ^ | 5/21/2010 | Christian Caryl
    So now it's official: North Korea did it. In the early morning hours of March 26 an explosion tore through the hull of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, which was sailing in waters not far from the disputed maritime boundary with the North. The 1,200-ton patrol boat split in two and sank, and 46 sailors lost their lives. The cause of the disaster wasn't immediately obvious. No one claimed responsibility for an attack, and some sort of accident was, of course, within the realm of possibility. So the South Korean government launched a probe to figure out what happened....
  • DPRK Hardliners Sink Talks?

    05/21/2010 8:43:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 360+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 5/21/2010 | Patrick Cronin
    The official investigation is over. After weeks of careful technical review, an expert team of South Korean, US and European investigators believe that a North Korean torpedo blew in half and sunk a South Korean Navy corvette on March 26. The torpedo not only struck its immediate intended target (killing 46 sailors in the process), but has also undermined planned nuclear arms talks. On Thursday, officials in Seoul released critical evidence with photos of the recovered wreckage showing colossal damage to the keel. The Ministry of National Defense simulated striking the ROKS Cheonan near the ship’s gas turbine room—a strike...
  • South Korea to Accuse North of Torpedo Attack

    05/18/2010 4:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 34 replies · 848+ views
    The NY Times ^ | 5/18/2010 | Choe Sang-Hun
    South Korea has concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank one of its warships in March, killing 46 sailors, according to government officials and domestic news reports on Tuesday. South Korean officials are preparing to announce the results of their investigation later this week. The much anticipated finding will accuse North Korea of committing one of the worst military provocations on the Korean Peninsula since the end of the Korean War, deepening tensions between the countries. North Korea, denying involvement in the sinking, has vowed to retaliate against any attempt to link it with the March 26 explosion that broke...
  • South Korean President plans defense posture overhaul

    05/17/2010 2:21:05 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies · 237+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 5/17/2010 | Defense Professionals
    Strongly insinuating that North Korea was behind the sinking of a Navy warship, President Lee Myung-bak in early May announced major changes in the way South Korea’s military will defend the country. “It has now become clear that the Cheonan did not sink from a simple accident,” Lee said in an opening address at an unprecedented meeting of military commanders on May 4. “As soon as the incident happened, I realized that it was a grave international issue, that included inter-Korean relations, and made an order to the defense minister to lay bare the cause through international cooperation.” Lee hosted...
  • N. Korea threatens to restrict border crossings for S. Koreans

    05/16/2010 11:25:01 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 357+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/16/2010 | Yonhap News
    North Korea threatened Sunday to block South Koreans from crossing the land border into the communist nation and take more serious measures it did not specify if anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets keep arriving from the South. The North's military issued the warning in a notice to the South's military Sunday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said. The threat came amid heightened tensions between the sides in the wake of the March sinking of a South Korean naval ship. It also came as South Korea considers resuming long-suspended propaganda broadcasts via loud speakers on the heavily armed border with the...
  • South Korea fires warning shots at North Korea boats

    05/16/2010 12:42:26 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 638+ views
    CNN ^ | 5/16/2010 | CNN
    The South Korean Navy fired warning shots Saturday night after two North Korean patrol boats crossed into South Korean waters, state media said. The two North Korean patrol boats separately crossed a maritime border in the Yellow Sea. One retreated after receiving a warning communication from the South Korean Navy, and the other retreated after two rounds of warning shots were fired, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff told the state-run Yonhap news agency. Tensions between the two nations have run high since the mysterious sinking of a South Korean warship in the border area on March 26. Fifty-eight men escaped...
  • South Korea Gets Ready For Anything

    05/15/2010 10:42:13 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 29 replies · 808+ views
    The Strategy Page ^ | 5/13/2010 | The Strategy Page
    South Korea, alarmed at what appears to be the North Korean use of a Yu-3 type torpedo to sink one of their warships, has undertaken to reform their armed forces to better deal with tactics like this. North Korea officially denies having anything to do with the loss of the 1200 ton corvette Cheonan, but most North Koreans accept the fact that North Korea did the deed, and northerners are proud of that. Examination of the salvaged wreckage made it clear that it was an external explosion, using military grade explosives, that sank the ship and killed 46 sailors on...
  • S. Korea, U.S. in sync over ways to handle ship sinking ramifications: official

    05/15/2010 12:11:14 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 333+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 5/14/2010 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    Korea and the United States are in sync over ways to deal with the sinking of a South Korean warship, which left 46 sailors dead on the sea border with North Korea in March, a senior South Korean official said Friday. Lee Yong-joon, deputy foreign minister, did not elaborate, just saying, "Details will be released after the outcome of the probe (of the sinking) is announced." North Korea is suspected to be behind the sinking of the 1,200-ton Cheonan, although an international team of South Korean, U.S. and Australian specialists has not yet determined the cause. The investigation is being...
  • Seoul: Threat of infiltration by special forces from North 'has become real'

    05/14/2010 9:15:46 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies · 597+ views ^ | 5/5/2010 |
    North Korea has deployed about 50,000 commandos along the inter-Korean border in an apparent show of force with the threat of rapid infiltration "suicide missions" against South Korea, a military source in Seoul said. The North "has completed the frontline deployment of seven light infantry divisions over the past two or three years," the source said, citing a joint study by South Korean and U.S. militaries. Each division consists of about 7,000 troops. A South Korean soldier keeps watch northwards on the south side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, north of...
  • China's Insult to South Korea

    05/12/2010 9:58:28 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies · 250+ views
    Asia Sentinel ^ | 5/10/2010 | Lee Byong-chul
    China's decision to roll out a glitzy welcome mat for the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has stunned and shocked South Korea's leaders, ignoring South Korea's anger over the sinking, undoubtedly by the north, of a South Korean navy patrol ship on March 26 with the loss of 46 lives. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak was not given any hint from his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao at a Shanghai summit meeting, hardly a week ago on May 1, that Kim was on his way to Beijing. It was on May 2 that the 68-year-old North Korean leader's clandestine visit initially...
  • Japan, U.S. to back Seoul over warship's sinking

    05/08/2010 4:45:18 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 22 replies · 878+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | 5/8/2010 | The Japan Times
    Japan and the United States reaffirmed Thursday that, together with South Korea, they will respond in a united manner to North Korea based on the findings of the probe being conducted into the unexplained sinking of a South Korean warship, Japanese officials said. The decision was made in a meeting between Akitaka Saiki, director general of the Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau, and U.S. special envoy to North Korea Stephen Bosworth. They met at a time when suspicion is growing that the March 26 sinking in the Yellow Sea, which killed 46 crew members, might have been the...
  • S. Korea's Lee calls unprecedented meeting with commanders to counter 'belligerent' North

    05/07/2010 10:38:00 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 18 replies · 421+ views ^ | 5/5/2010 |
    South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak has ordered the military to become stronger to counter North Korea, saying the sinking of the South's warship was likely caused by its "belligerent" communist neighbor. In a show of his determination to overhaul the country's "loosened" defense posture, Lee convened a meeting of top military commanders on May 4. It was the first time in the nation's history that a president had done so. At the meeting, Lee vowed to take "definite, stern" action against those responsible for the sinking. The 1,200-ton Cheonan, a Navy corvette, exploded and sunk on March 26 during a...
  • US Forces OK in ROK-for Now

    05/07/2010 8:07:02 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 10 replies · 350+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 3/2/2010 | Ben Hancock
    Charles Reeder remembers the backlash after the ‘Highway 56 Incident’ in 2002, when a couple of US soldiers driving an armoured vehicle accidentally crushed two South Korean schoolgirls, yet were found not-guilty of negligent homicide by a US military court. ‘It rocked the whole USFK,’ says Reeder, 42, a recent retiree from the United States Forces Korea, who was stationed in downtown Seoul at the time. ‘It was painful…We were out there on the gates, and it was like a siege mentality.’ South Korean activists broke into a US facility in the northern part of the capital, he recalls, and...
  • South Korea’s Secret War

    05/06/2010 10:14:30 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 5 replies · 543+ views
    The Diplomat ^ | 4/27/2010 | By David Axe
    More than half a century since the end of the Korean War and the beginning of a long period of relative military isolation, South Korea is gradually, and quietly, playing a larger role in world security. Despite strong US support, South Korea’s rise as a military power is complicated by domestic politics, and by a belligerent North Korea. To avoid provoking foreign and domestic opposition, Seoul has cleverly disguised its newest overseas military operation as a strictly peaceful affair. Despite a technologically advanced military and a gross domestic product just shy of $1 trillion, making it the world’s 15th wealthiest...
  • S.Korea raises warship, finds clues on sinking (torpedo)

    04/24/2010 2:03:58 AM PDT · by XHogPilot · 63 replies · 4,104+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 April, 2010 | Jon Herskovitz and Jungyoun Park
    South Korea on Saturday raised the front half of a warship that exploded and sank a month ago near a contested sea border with North Korea, finding clues that support growing suspicions Pyongyang attacked the vessel. The 1,200-tonne corvette Cheonan sank in what military officials said was a torpedo attack. Forty-six South Korean sailors were killed in what could be one of the deadliest strikes by Pyongyang on its rival since the end of the Korean War. The North denies involvement. South Korea's president on Friday gave the clearest signal yet Seoul had no plan to launch a revenge attack,...
  • Military Increasingly Convinced of N.Korean Sub Attack

    04/19/2010 4:48:50 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 781+ views
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | 4/19/2010 | The Chosun Ilbo
    Military officials and experts believe that if a North Korean torpedo was involved in the sinking of the South Korean Navy corvette Cheonan, it was probably launched from a 325-ton Shark-class submarine. The sub ranks between a full-blown submarine and a mini-sub in terms of size. South Korean military intelligence are reportedly focusing on the fact that one or two Shark-class submarines from a submarine base in Cape Bipagot, South Hwanghae Province are unaccounted for during the time of the Cheonan's sinking. The Bipagot submarine base is around 80 km from Baeknyeong Island. Shark-class submarines can travel at speeds of...