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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.
  • Report: Only 1 of 46 lifeboats was deployed

    04/17/2014 5:25:46 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 21 replies
    KTVQ ^ | April 17, 2014 | CNN
    Jindo, South Korea (CNN) -- There were 46 lifeboats on the sunken South Korean ferry -- but only one was deployed, CNN affiliate YTN reported Thursday. CNN has not been able to independently confirm the report. If true, the report will add to the anger and desperation of families still waiting for word on the fate of 287 missing passengers. Video acquired by another affiliate JTBC showed at least 12 of the white survival capsules still attached to the ferry even as it was keeled over in the water. The survival capsules hold lifeboats.... At one point or another, the...
  • Survivors tell of panic on board as ferry tilts, then capsizes

    04/16/2014 3:42:16 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014 -- Updated 1142 GMT | Frances Cha and Madison Park,
    Shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, passenger Kim Sung-Mook was eating breakfast in the ship's main hall when he felt a tilt, he told CNN affiliate YTN. At first, "we thought it was because of the tide," he said. The waves had been smooth until the ship suddenly leaned, witnesses said. The ship tilted further, and an announcement blared through loudspeakers warning passengers that moving would be dangerous. Then, he heard a loud bang from inside the ship. Kim said he thought a crane on board had toppled over. When seawater started gushing into the ferry, passengers began to scramble.
  • Rescuers search dark, cold sea for survivors of shipwreck off South Korea

    04/16/2014 8:21:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2014
    Military dive teams worked the dark, cold waters of the Yellow Sea on Wednesday night in a desperate effort to find nearly 300 people who remained missing after the ferry they were taking to a South Korean island resort sank with breathtaking speed. -excerpt- The bulk of those aboard were students and teachers from Seoul's Ansan Danwon High School heading to a four-day trip to Jeju, a resort island considered the Hawaii of Korea. More than 300 students and more than a dozen teachers from the school were on board, according to officials.
  • Rescuers Race to Find Survivors of South Korean Ferry Sinking

    04/16/2014 5:08:04 AM PDT · by BlueStateRightist · 16 replies
    WSJ ^ | April 16, 2014 | ALASTAIR GALE, KWANWOO JUN and IN-SOO NAM
    SEOUL—South Korea said almost 300 people remain missing after a passenger ferry sank early Wednesday near the country's southwest coast. Rescue services raced to find survivors from the ship, which quickly rolled over and may have trapped passengers inside. Two bodies have been recovered from the site. Officials said the cause of the disaster hadn't been determined.
  • BREAKING NEWS: Korean Cruise Ship Sinks - 260 lost

    04/15/2014 7:09:53 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 89 replies
    Chinese Dragon TV | 4/15/2014 | Chinese Dragon TV
    It has just been reported that a Korean cruise ship with 450 aboard has sunk. Only 190 are reported to have been saved- many high schoolers aboard.
  • Residents of South Korean Border Town Taken To Shelter

    03/30/2014 9:31:41 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 31 replies
    Residents of a south Korean Border Town have taken shelter after the North began firing on them.
  • Explosion on tourist bus in Sinai kills four near Israeli border

    02/16/2014 9:36:39 PM PST · by VanShuyten · 6 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/16/2014 | Yaakov Lappin
    An explosion tore through a bus carrying South Korean Christian tourists from Sinai to the Israeli border on Sunday, killing four people and wounding around 15. Excerpt per Reuters
  • (2nd LD) S. Korea holds live-fire drill despite North's warning

    01/28/2014 5:30:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/01/28 | Kim Eun-jung
    (2nd LD) S. Korea holds live-fire drill despite North's warning 2014/01/28 18:23 By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Tuesday carried out a live-fire drill on its northwestern islands despite North Korea's warning of "grave consequences," but the closely-watched exercise ended without clashes with the communist state. South Korea has carried out live-fire exercises on the frontline islands every two or three months to improve Marine Corps' readiness. The drills have often been met by protest from Pyongyang. Ahead of Tuesday's exercise, the North's National Defense Commission sent a fax through the western military hotline to...
  • S. Korea says N. Korean leader's aunt likely in critical condition

    01/08/2014 12:23:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/01/08
    S. Korea says N. Korean leader's aunt likely in critical condition 2014/01/08 16:48 SEOUL, Jan. 8 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's aunt appears to be in a critical condition due to a heart problem, a senior South Korean official said Wednesday. Kim Kyong-hui, 67, a senior party secretary and wife of the recently executed Jang Song-thaek, visited Russia between September and October last year for medical treatment, the official said. "We believe (she) is in a critical condition," the official said, noting that her heart problems appeared to have worsened due to alcoholism. She also visited Singapore in...
  • S. Korea: Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone (expands Air Defense Identification Zone)

    12/08/2013 9:32:17 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Chosun ^ | 2013/12/9
    Korea Declares New Air Defense Zone The government on Sunday announced a new air defense identification zone with the same boundaries as Korea's Flight Information Region and overlapping with both the Chinese and Japanese zones. The new zone stretches 236 km south of the submerged reef of Ieo, which also lies in the Japanese and Chinese zones, and includes Marado and Hongdo, an inhabited island that is also part of Japan's zone. The eastern and western boundaries remain the same as before. The old zone had been in place since it was delineated by the U.S. Air Force in March...
  • Pentagon approves BAE's KF-16 upgrades for South Korea

    12/01/2013 8:43:41 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies
    F-16.net ^ | December 1, 2013 | Lieven Dewitte
    The U.S. Defense Department has approved a deal under which Britain's BAE Systems would upgrade 134 older KF-16s for South Korea, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress on Monday. In phase 1, the U.S. government and principal contractor BAE Systems will develop plans for upgrading the F-16 C- and D-models, build an avionics systems integration facility and testing stations, begin acquiring long-lead items needed to conduct the upgrades, and perform similar preparatory work. The DSCA values this package of products and services at $200 million. BAE beat out F-16 maker Lockheed Martin Corp to win the South Korean...
  • South Korea warns off Pyongyang with missile display

    10/29/2013 6:38:18 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 2 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 10/01/2013 | AP
    It was South Korea's biggest Armed Forces Day ceremony in a decade, and the first since North Korea conducted its third atomic test and threatened nuclear war earlier this year. About 11,000 troops, 190 weapons systems and other equipment and 120 aircraft were featured at Tuesday's ceremony at a military airport just south of Seoul. Among them were GPS-guided, Hyunmu-3 cruise missiles with a range of 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) that South Korea developed in recent years. It was the first time the domestically built Hyunmu-3 was publicly shown, according to Seoul's Defense Ministry. President Park Geun-hye said in a...
  • S. Korea: Three left-leaning party officials nabbed over rebellion conspiracy(commie armed revolt)

    08/28/2013 2:36:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 08/28/13
    (4th LD) Three left-leaning party officials nabbed over rebellion conspiracy SEOUL/SUWON, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) -- The state intelligence agency on Wednesday arrested three officials of a minor progressive party on rare charges of conspiracy to stage a rebellion, prosecutors said. The arrests came just hours after the National Intelligence Service (NIS) agents raided the homes and offices of Rep. Lee Seok-ki of the Unified Progressive Party (UPP) and nine key party members. The NIS put the three UPP officials, including the party's vice-chairman Hong Soon-seok, under an emergency arrest, prosecutors said. "(The UPP officials) are charged with conspiracy to commit...
  • Prank Calls That Shut Down U.S. Schools Traced to Korea

    07/01/2013 9:30:32 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 20 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 07/02/2013 | Chosun Ilbo
    An anonymous phone call that led to the lockdown of nine schools in the U.S. state of New Jersey has apparently been traced to Korea. The call was received by the police communications center in New Jersey at 9:45 a.m. on March 26 last year from a man threatening to kill students at Hackettstown High School in the garden state with an AK 47 assault rifle. The call prompted police to order lockdowns at Hackettstown High School and eight other schools nearby. Local media reported that a man armed with a gun was hiding in the woods behind Hackettstown High...
  • S.Korea deploys Israeli missile on border with North (Jihad in Korea?)

    05/19/2013 7:40:25 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 1 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 05/19/2013 | TexGrill
    A group of North Koreans claim to have hijacked a Chinese fishing boat, are holding hostages, and demand some 600,000 yuan in ransoms. The initial hijacking took place on May 6, but authorities are struggling to pin down exactly what happened. They are investigating the boat owner's claims that his ship and its crew were taken, but officials have been silent. North Korea isn't just fun-runs and basketball stars; there is a serious concern that the hijackers were in the nation's military, and may be harming their prisoners, as South China Morning Post reports: Yu [the boat owner] was not...
  • North Korea will "pay" for any attack on South Korea, says president Park Geun-hye

    05/07/2013 2:16:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    CBS News ^ | May 6, 2013
    North Korea will "pay" for any attack on South Korea, says president Park Geun-hye North Korea will "pay" if it launches even a small-scale attack on South Korea, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said in an interview with CBS News' Margaret Brennan Monday. Park, the recently elected South Korean president, is in the United States this week for a summit meeting with President Obama, during which she'll lay out her plan for addressing the confrontational North Korean government.
  • S Korea "regrets" North rejection of dialogue

    04/15/2013 4:57:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 15 Apr 2013
    S Korea "regrets" North rejection of dialogue South Korea voiced regret at North Korea's dismissal of its offer for dialogue, as the South's armed forces remained on heightened alert for an expected missile test by Pyongyang. Both President Park Geun-Hye and her Unification Ministry have, in recent days, made tentative proposals for talks in an apparent bid to reduce soaring military tensions on the Korean peninsula. The North's immediate response was negative, calling the offers "empty" and a "crafty trick" to cover up Seoul's aggressive and confrontational policies. "It is very regrettable that the North dismissed our offer for dialogue,...
  • Unification minister says there are signs of N. Korea preparing for 4th nuke test

    04/07/2013 8:22:14 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 9 replies
    Yonhap ^ | April 8, 2013
    SEOUL, April 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said Monday there are signs that North Korea may be preparing for another nuclear test. In a meeting with lawmakers, the policymaker said that Seoul is aware of indications that another test is being planned, but he failed to go into details. The remarks came after a lawmaker citing unspecified reports said that there has been an increase in the movements of vehicles and personnel near the Punggye-ri test complex in North Hamgyong Province. The site was used for the country's three previous nuclear tests. The last test occurred...
  • Report: U.S. backing off shows of force against North Korea for fear of what Kim might do (O Blinks)

    04/04/2013 8:36:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 117 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/04/2013 | AllahPundit
    This isn't merely a failure of nerve, it's a failure of intelligence and a failure to keep operational secrets. The White House had a "playbook," agreed to by O, Hagel, and John Kerry, on how to rattle its saber at North Korea during the next crisis without rattling it so much that NK would get spooked and do something rash. E.g., first comes some B-52 flights over South Korea, then the B-2s make a cameo, then the F-22s, and so forth. Problem one: Kim's gone further in his bellicosity than U.S. analysts expected and now they’re unsure if they know...
  • Two North Korean Submarines "Disappeared"

    04/03/2013 9:10:10 PM PDT · by traumer · 46 replies
    Chosun TV is reporting that South Korean military have lost contact with two North Korean submarines that left their naval base in Hwanghae Province a few days ago. There has obviously been a lot of changes between last week and now and South Korean military officials suggested that while maneuvers in February were nothing meaningful, now it is provocation. The two 'torpedo' subs are small 130-ton, 30-meter, 10-man machines that can stay submerged for three-to-four days.
  • Benghazi Report: Al Qaida is Alive and Well

    12/21/2012 11:04:32 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Nightwatch
    Republic of Korea: For the record. Pak Ku'n-hye (Park Geun-hye) of the New Frontier Party won South Korea's presidential election on 19 December, media reported. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee and the first woman elected to be president of the Republic of Korea. That should confound the North! North Korea-Iran: According to a Japanese news service, an Iranian lawmaker told the service that North Korea informed Iran in October of its plan to launch a satellite. The head of an Iranian parliamentary delegation to North Korea, Hamid Reza Taraghi, revealed talks took place mid-October with the North's delegates...
  • South Korea's Park seen winning tight presidential election(40% counted, up by 5.4%)

    12/19/2012 4:28:52 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 19, 2012 | Jane Chung and Jack Kim
    South Korea's Park seen winning tight presidential election By Jane Chung and Jack Kim SEOUL | Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:56am EST (Reuters) - The daughter of the South Korea's former military ruler appeared to be leading in Wednesday's presidential vote, putting her on track to become the country's first woman head of state although her narrow advantage meant the race was set to go to the wire. A win for the 60-year old conservative Park Geun-hye would see her return to the presidential palace where she served as her father's first lady in the 1970s after Park's mother was...
  • Jill Kelley outraged other military liaisons with her flirty ways [Her fee was $80 million] $80MIL

    11/14/2012 7:16:32 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 119 replies
    Tampa Bay ^ | 11/14/12
    Adam Victor, president of TransGas Development in New York, was in town to network and find business opportunities. Someone introduced him to Kelley, and the two spoke in a VIP section of the convention hall. Victor said Kelley described herself as a close friend to Petraeus, which impressed him. In fact, he said, Kelley told him she might help him with a coal gasification project in South Korea. She said she could gain him access to the highest levels of the South Korean government, Victor said. Kelley told him she was an honorary consul for South Korea, and Victor said...
  • Greedy N.Korea Is Shooting Itself in the Foot (old habit dies hard: ripping off Chicom & SK)

    10/19/2012 6:58:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 2012/10/19/
    Greedy N.Korea Is Shooting Itself in the Foot North Korea revised tax regulations in August for South Korean businesses operating in the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex. The regime said that it will impose hefty fines on companies if caught dodging taxes, and that they would amount to 200 times the tax amount they attempt to evade. According to original regulations that were agreed in 2003 when both Koreas were working to open the complex, Pyongyang is required to negotiate with Seoul any changes to the relevant tax laws. But the North made the revisions arbitrarily without consulting the South. Then...
  • (LEAD) S. Korean Navy fires warning shots against N. Korean fishing boats

    09/21/2012 3:02:45 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2012/09/21 | Kim Eun-jung
    (LEAD) S. Korean Navy fires warning shots against N. Korean fishing boats By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, Sept. 21 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Navy on Friday fired warning shots against North Korean fishing boats operating south of the western sea border, but there was no clash with the North's navy, military officials said. A total of six North Korean boats had violated the sea border since 11 a.m. Two South Korean patrol vessels were sent to the area before broadcasting radio warnings twice and then firing off dozens of warning shots from around 3 p.m., officials said. All of the North...
  • N. Korean fishing boats retreat after violating West Sea border(was a bait to provoke SK)

    09/14/2012 4:06:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 09/12/12
    N. Korean fishing boats retreat after violating West Sea border 2012-09-12 20:20 Seven North Korean fishing boats crossed the tense western maritime border with South Korea twice on Wednesday, but moved back into the North’s waters after a South Korean naval boat broadcast warning messages, military officials said. The North Korean fishing boats sailed 1.5 kilometers into the South’s waters around 7:30 a.m., but retreated after South Korean patrol boats broadcast a warning, officials at Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said. At the time, a North Korean government boat also briefly crossed the de facto sea border trying to escort...
  • South Korean activist allegedly electrocuted while detained in China

    07/28/2012 4:31:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    WireUpdata ^ | 07/28/12
    South Korean activist allegedly electrocuted while detained in China By BNO News SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (BNO NEWS) -- A South Korean activist who was detained in China in March is claiming to have suffered abuse at the hands of authorities there, including torture by electrocution, according to reports. Kim Young-hwan, a prominent South Korean activist who fought for democracy in North Korea, was detained in Beijing in March. A report about the incident published in late May disclosed that he was being denied access to a lawyer. China, according to the New York Times, had claimed that Kim was being...
  • S. Korea: Not your Ordinary Reserve, but Special Force Reserve (kickass oldies)

    06/08/2012 7:15:22 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 04/26/12
  • NKorea warns in latest threat that it will attack specific coordinates of SKorean media groups

    06/04/2012 8:11:02 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    WP ^ | 06/04/12
    NKorea warns in latest threat that it will attack specific coordinates of SKorean media groups By Associated Press, Published: June 4 PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea’s military warned Monday that troops have aimed artillery at the specific coordinates of South Korean media groups as Pyongyang threatened a “merciless sacred war” over perceived insults. The North Korean statement, which expresses outrage over South Korean media criticism of ongoing children’s festivals in Pyongyang, is the latest in a series of threats aimed at Seoul’s conservative government and news agencies following the December death of Kim Jong Il, the father of new...
  • Young South Korean activists use Google, Twitter to bring down North Korean sympathizers

    05/31/2012 7:49:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 05/30/12 | Youkyung Lee
    Young South Korean activists use Google, Twitter to bring down North Korean sympathizers By Youkyung Lee Associated Press Young South Korean activists use Google, Twitter to bring down North Korean sympathizers Posted: 05/30/2012 12:47:51 PM PDT May 30, 2012 7:49 PM GMTUpdated: 05/30/2012 12:47:52 PM PDT SEOUL, South Korea -- Google (GOOG) is not just a search engine for 26-year-old South Korean Ma Han-joo. Nor is Twitter merely a fun way to share pics of K-pop stars. For Ma and thousands of other young conservative activists -- many of them teenagers -- they are crucial weapons in their campaign to...
  • N. Korea: Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible

    05/25/2012 11:58:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 21 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 05/25/12 | Andrei Lankov
    Why Phased Reunification Is Impossible [Andrei Lankov Column] By Andrei Lankov, Professor, Kookmin University [2012-05-25 11:20 ] At some point, the North Korean people are going to see South Korea as the absolute benchmark for its standard of living, given that it is a country inhabited by fellow Koreans and which it may eventually unify with under one flag. If North Korea does not begin to see the same standard of living as is enjoyed in the South, people will quickly begin to regard themselves as poor. Accordingly, if the regime cannot deliver progress which suggests a quick upswing toward...
  • North Korea GPS jamming is affecting civilian flights, Seoul official says

    05/02/2012 4:51:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/02/12
    North Korea GPS jamming is affecting civilian flights, Seoul official says Posted: May 02, 2012 3:06 PM Updated: May 02, 2012 3:06 PM Source: AFP SEOUL -- Electronic jamming signals from North Korea have been affecting scores of civilian flights in and out of South Korea but did not endanger the aircraft, a Seoul official said Wednesday. "We've confirmed the GPS [global positioning system] jamming signals have been stemming from the North," Lee Kyung Woo, a deputy director at the state Korea Communications Commission, told AFP. The transport ministry, in a statement and comments to AFP, confirmed the jamming but...
  • N. Korean defectors holed up in China arrive in Seoul

    04/05/2012 5:25:04 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Apr 3, 2012
    China has allowed five North Korean defectors to leave for South Korea after they spent months or years holed up in Seoul's Beijing embassy to avoid arrest, media reports said Wednesday. Chosun Ilbo newspaper, citing a Seoul diplomatic source, said they arrived in the South Sunday after China changed its policy of refusing to let them depart. Yonhap news agency and other media carried similar reports, and said China was also considering allowing the departure of seven others trapped for at least two years in South Korea's consulates in Shenyang and Shanghai.
  • Boeing Completes On-cost, On-schedule Delivery of F-15K Slam Eagles to Korea

    04/03/2012 11:11:41 PM PDT · by U-238 · 18 replies
    Boeing ^ | 4/4/2012 | Boeing News
    Boeing delivered the final two F-15K Slam Eagles to the Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) on April 2 at Daegu Air Base. All ROKAF F-15Ks were delivered on cost and on schedule. "Boeing is proud to have worked with the ROKAF to ensure that their F-15Ks included all the capability and power necessary to defend their homeland through 2040 and beyond," said Roger Besancenez, F-15 Program vice president for Boeing. Boeing will continue to support the ROKAF fleet through the long-term, affordable Performance Based Logistics (PBL) sustainment contract the company received from the Republic of Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program...
  • (LEAD) N. Korea honing capability to attack Seoul: USFK commander

    03/28/2012 5:51:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 32 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2012/03/29 | Lee Chi-dong
    2012/03/29 (LEAD) N. Korea honing capability to attack Seoul: USFK commander By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 28 (Yonhap) -- The commander of U.S. troops on the Korean Peninsula expressed concern Wednesday that North Korea's new leadership will trigger a military conflict based on a "miscalculation." Before the House Armed Services Committee, Gen. James Thurman said the North continues improving its ability to attack the South Korean capital of Seoul. "The first thing I worry about every day is a miscalculation on somebody's part that causes a conflict that he hadn't planned for," he said at a hearing on the security...
  • 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...
  • Seoul poised to shoot down NK rocket debris

    03/26/2012 5:59:22 PM PDT · by U-238 · 3 replies · 23+ views
    The Korea Times ^ | 3/26/2012 | Lee Tae-hoon
    The military is mulling ordering the deployment of missile interceptors to shoot down any debris that could fall on South Korean territory in the event that a satellite bearing North Korean rocket strays from its planned trajectory. The Stalinist regime recently announced that it would launch a satellite from a long-range rocket sometime between April 12 and 16 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the April 15 birth of its founder Kim Il-sung. “We are preparing measures to track the missile's trajectory and shoot it down if by any chance it deviates from the planned route and falls into...
  • S. Korea to shoot down N. Korea rocket if it strays

    03/25/2012 10:30:18 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies · 3+ views
    Space War ^ | 3/26/2012 | Space War/AFP
    South Korea is preparing to shoot down a North Korean rocket if it strays into the South's territory during a launch planned for next month, the defence ministry said Monday. The South Korean and US military are closely monitoring activity at the Tongchang-ri base, a ministry spokesman said, a day after Seoul confirmed the main body of a rocket had been moved to the site in the North's northwest. Seoul is concerned that the first stage of the rocket, scheduled to drop into the Yellow Sea between South Korea and China, may fall onto the South's territory, the spokesman said....
  • ‘S. Korea, U.S. to agree to extend missile range’

    03/22/2012 5:19:46 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 03/22/12 | Song Sang-ho
    ‘S. Korea, U.S. to agree to extend missile range’ South Korea and the U.S. are expected to reach a compromise soon to allow Seoul to develop longer-range ballistic missiles, President Lee Myung-bak was quoted Thursday as saying. The allies’ talks over revising the bilateral missile pact apparently gained momentum after North Korea unveiled its plan last week to launch a satellite on a long-range rocket around April 15 to mark the centennial birthday of its national founder Kim Il-sung. Under a 2001 revision to the initial agreement, signed in 1979, Seoul is banned from developing ballistic missiles with a range...
  • N.Korea warns of retaliation for S.Korea drill(demand evacuation of civilians)

    02/19/2012 2:00:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    AFP ^ | 02/19/12
    N.Korea warns of retaliation for S.Korea drill (AFP) – 1 hour ago SEOUL — North Korea's military warned it could bombard islands near the disputed Yellow Sea border with South Korea, accusing Seoul of planning a naval live-fire drill in the area. The North's Western Sector Command warned residents of five islands to "evacuate to safe areas" before what it said was the scheduled start time of the exercise on Monday morning. Pyongyang has taken a hostile tone towards Seoul since Kim Jong-Un, the youngest son of the late leader Kim Jong-Il, took over following the death of his father...
  • South Korea on alert for possible Al Qaeda ship

    10/30/2003 11:45:39 AM PST · by FairOpinion · 20 replies · 441+ views
    Khaleej Times via Al Jazeera ^ | Oct. 30, 2003 | Agence France Presse
    SEOUL - South Korean security authorities were ready to carry out on-board inspections of a Bahama-registered freighter after being tipped off that the ship might carry some members of Al-Qaeda, police said on Thursday. The 17,000-tonne freighter, the Athenia, which was suspected of carrying members of Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda group, was due to arrive at the southwestern port of Kunsan late Thursday, the police said. “We have been informed that Al Qaeda members might be hiding in the ship,” a police officer in charge of foreign affairs in Kunsan Police station told AFP. “When the ship reaches the...
  • Search of ship finds nothing abnormal

    12/07/2003 7:25:27 PM PST · by Oorang · 37 replies · 852+ views
    The Daily News Longview Washington ^ | Dec 07, 2003 | Hope Anderson
    A Coast Guard inspection of a freighter docked at the Port of Longview "didn't uncover or reveal anything," a Coast Guard spokesman said Saturday, but the crew members are not allowed off the ship and security will be maintained until the ship leaves. "We were not expecting to find anything," Lt. Cmdr. Glynn Smith, the Coast Guard's public affairs officer for the Pacific area, said Saturday by telephone from his office in Alameda, Calif. The search was routine, according to the Coast Guard, but Longview officials said the security crackdown is the most port activity since the Sept. 11, 2001,...
  • Sudden unification could cause 3.65 mln N. Koreans to enter S. Korea: report

    01/28/2012 6:03:39 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 25 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 01/24/12
    2012/01/24 14:32 KST Sudden unification could cause 3.65 mln N. Koreans to enter S. Korea: report SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) -- Sudden unification between South and North Korea could cause a flood of refugees across the land border that could rock the local labor market, a business organization said Tuesday. A report by the Korea Employers Federation (KEF) predicted that if the North Korean regime collapsed suddenly, up to 3.65 million people from the communist country may cross over into capitalist South Korea. "Even under a conservative estimate, up to 1.61 million North Koreans may move to South Korea, mainly...
  • S. Korean ex-spy's asylum confirmed in U.S.(price of taking on a traitor)

    01/28/2012 6:02:22 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 01/24/12
    S. Korean ex-spy's asylum confirmed in U.S. WASHINGTON, Jan. 24 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. court has upheld a 2008 ruling to grant political asylum to a former South Korean intelligence agent who claims to face threats from both South and North Korea, sources here said Tuesday. Kim Ki-sam, who left South Korea's state spy agency in 2000, applied for asylum in the U.S. in 2003, saying he would face persecution and prosecution if he was forced to return to South Korea because he had revealed information about secret operations to help then-President Kim Dae-jung win the Nobel Peace Prize. One...
  • Red Lines (Oliver North on Obama and Iran)

    01/19/2012 8:06:53 PM PST · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 20, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — On Dec. 31, just hours before a New Year's Eve celebration, President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012. Section 1245 of the law contains language providing authority to impose economic sanctions on Iran in order to deter the ayatollahs from acquiring nuclear weapons. White House efforts to have the sanctions provision stripped from the bill failed, and the measure became law with a quiet flourish of the presidential pen. Ever since, Washington and Tehran have been waging a war of words. None of this works to the advantage of the American...
  • S. Korea: Hardliner Kim Tae-hyo promoted in Blue House

    01/16/2012 2:55:25 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    JoongAng Ilbo ^ | 01/16/12 | Ser Myo-ja
    Hardliner Kim Tae-hyo promoted in Blue House Jan 16,2012 Kim Tae-hyo President Lee Myung-bak yesterday promoted his key aide, Kim Tae-hyo, to senior secretary for national security strategy to better deal with the changes on the Korean Peninsula following the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il. Kim, 45, is a well-known North Korea and security scholar from Sungkyunkwan University. Since 2004, he worked as Lee’s key strategist for foreign and security affairs. He joined the Blue House in 2008 when the Lee administration began as the presidential secretary for national security strategy. Although he is one of the youngest...
  • S. Korea dismisses rumors of nuclear explosion in N. Korea

    01/07/2012 9:14:38 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 01/06/12
    2012/01/06 18:30 KST S. Korea dismisses rumors of nuclear explosion in N. Korea SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Friday dismissed as groundless a rumor that a light-water reactor has exploded in North Korea's nuclear complex, sending leaked radiation to Pyongyang and as far as South Korea. The rumor cited an unidentified secret Japanese intelligence operative in the isolated communist country. The rumor quickly spread among securities firms in Yeouido, South Korea's equivalent to New York's Wall Street, through instant messenger services on Friday afternoon as ordinary citizens also tweeted messages on the allegation. South Korean officials quickly...
  • U.S. military in S. Korea extends curfew

    01/04/2012 4:36:11 PM PST · by Cardhu · 13 replies
    Xinhauanet ^ | January 3rd 2012 | Editor-Yamei Wang
    EOUL, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. military in South Korea said Tuesday that it will extend a curfew for service members in the country indefinitely in an attempt to ensure continued mission readiness. "We must remain focused on our primary mission here, which is to deter against external aggression and if required, defend the Republic of Korea side-by-side with our ROK counterparts," U.S. Forces Korea commander Gen. James Thurman said in a statement. "I anticipate and expect that our service members will continue to maintain the highest standards of individual readiness and professionalism while they serve in the Republic...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il's Death Is a Blessing

    01/03/2012 3:36:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    Chsoun Ilbo ^ | 01/03/12 | Kang Chol-hwan
    Kim Jong-il's Death Is a Blessing Kim Jong-il's death may be seen as having increased uncertainties in North Korea, but I think the exact opposite is true. The uncertainties in the North have stemmed primarily from Kim's self-obsession and obstinacy. North Korea's elite all seem to view reforms as the only way for the country to survive, but Kim executed anyone who dared to say so. Strained ties with South Korea are also due to the idiotic choices Kim made without going through a rational process of discussion and decision-making. As a result, his death has eliminated a measure of...