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  • N. Korea: Removal of U.S. nuclear umbrella would lead Seoul to contemplate nuclear armament...

    04/19/2016 5:18:56 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/04/20 | Chang Jae-soon
    (2nd LD) Removal of U.S. nuclear umbrella would lead Seoul to contemplate nuclear armament: incoming USFK commander 2016/04/20 05:23 (ATTN: ADDS comments in paras 16-17; CHANGES headline) By Chang Jae-soon WASHINGTON, April 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea would have to think about developing its own nuclear weapons for self-defense if the United States removes its "nuclear umbrella" protection for the Asian ally, the incoming commander of U.S. Forces Korea said Tuesday. Gen. Vincent Brooks, nominated to succeed Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti as USFK commander, made the remark during a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing, stressing that it's very important for...
  • Song Joong Ki: Descendants of the Sun actor lands on 'Hell Notes' in China (S. Korea)

    04/09/2016 2:48:46 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    IBTimes ^ | April 8, 2016 | Gungeet Kaur
    Song Joong Ki: Descendants of the Sun actor lands on 'Hell Notes' in China April 8, 2016 10:14 SGT By Gungeet Kaur Immensely popular South Korean actor Song Joong Ki, who plays army captain Yoo Shi Jin in the record-breaking series Descendants of the Sun, has reached another level. According to reports swirling around the net, the pictures of the 30-year-old actor clad in army uniform are being imprinted on the hell notes for the departed souls in China. Reportedly, on seeing the adoration of the star among people, many merchants got Joong Ki's picture printed on joss paper and...
  • Descendants of the Sun: the Korean military romance sweeping Asia

    03/28/2016 6:44:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | March 27, 2016 | Tessa Wong
    Descendants of the Sun: the Korean military romance sweeping Asia By Tessa Wong BBC News 27 March 2016 Korean television dramas have always been popular across Asia, but the region may have hit peak K-drama fever with military romance Descendants of the Sun. "This show satisfies all my fantasies," 35-year-old Beijing fan Ms Dai tells the BBC. "It reminds me of the feeling you have in a romantic relationship." Seoul's latest offering chronicles the star-crossed relationship between a soldier and surgeon. It has won millions of fans across the region, but also caused alarm from some authorities. Love is a...
  • China's mishandling of North Korea's nuclear ambitions may come back to haunt it

    02/21/2016 7:22:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    SCMP ^ | February 21, 2016 | Emanuele Scimia
    China's mishandling of North Korea's nuclear ambitions may come back to haunt it Emanuele Scimia says Beijing's unwillingness or inability to rein in Pyongyang has brought it the unwelcome consequence of greater US vigilance The US and its allies in East Asia have always been suspicious of China's attitude to North Korea's military adventures. Recent events, such as Pyongyang's launch of a long-range rocket and testing of an alleged hydrogen bomb, have contributed to this climate of mistrust towards Beijing. China is often blamed for not pressuring Pyongyang enough, but now its ability to contain North Korea's nuclear and ballistic...
  • (LEAD) S. Korea braces for possible terror attacks from N. Korea: official

    02/18/2016 10:33:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/02/19
    (LEAD) S. Korea braces for possible terror attacks from N. Korea: official 2016/02/19 11:59 (ATTN: UPDATES with comments by ruling party lawmaker) SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korea is bracing for any possible terror attacks from North Korea, an official said Friday. "The presidential office of national security is thoroughly in control of every situation related to terror," presidential spokesman Jeong Yeon-guk told reporters. Still, he declined to comment on whether National Security Adviser Kim Kwan-jin or other South Korean officials are included on North Korea's alleged hit list. South Korea believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has...
  • South Korea's Leader Warns of North Korea Collapse

    02/16/2016 5:40:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | Feb 15, 2016 | hyung-jin kim
    South Korea's Leader Warns of North Korea Collapse SEOUL, South Korea -- Feb 15, 2016, 11:40 PM ET South Korea's president warned Tuesday that rival North Korea faces collapse if it doesn't abandon its nuclear bomb program, an unusually strong broadside that will likely infuriate Pyongyang. President Park Geun-hye, in a nationally televised parliamentary address defending her decision to shut down a jointly run factory park in North Korea, said South Korea will take unspecified "stronger and more effective" measures to make North Korea realize its nuclear ambitions will result only in speeding up of its "regime collapse."
  • Seoul retaliates, China pays price for North Korea rocket launch

    02/12/2016 3:25:53 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 20 replies
    Asia Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | Shim Jae Hoon
    Seoul retaliates, China pays price for North Korea rocket launch By Shim Jae Hoon on February 10, 2016 in Asia Times News & Features, China, Koreas SEOUL-North Korea's satellite rocket launch has claimed its first casualty amid a changing and increasingly volatile regional security landscape that's dragging in China, the US and Japan. South Korea announced on Feb. 10 that it's closing down the inter-Korean economic project at Kaesong Industrial Complex which Seoul set up 12 years ago to provide hard currency earnings for the North Korean regime. /snip Meanwhile, the Park government has come under pressure from conservatives who...
  • China FM voices 'serious concern' over possible deployment of U.S. shield in Korea [THAAD]

    02/12/2016 12:00:14 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Korea Herald ^ | 2016-02-12
    China FM voices 'serious concern' over possible deployment of U.S. shield in Korea Published : 2016-02-12 16:13 Updated : 2016-02-12 16:15 Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed "serious concern" over a decision by South Korea to begin formal talks with the United States to adopt an advanced U.S. missile defense system, according to China's foreign ministry on Friday. Wang conveyed the concern to South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se during their meeting in Munich on the sidelines of international talks on Syria on Thursday, the Chinese ministry said in a statement. "Minister Wang Yi expresses serious concern," the statement said....
  • N. Korea to expel S. Koreans from joint industrial park

    02/11/2016 12:36:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/02/11
    N. Korea to expel S. Koreans from joint industrial park 2016/02/11 17:26 SEOUL, Feb. 11 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Thursday it will expel all South Korean nationals from a joint industrial park in the North and freeze all South Korean assets and equipment in retaliation for Seoul's suspension of the complex. The North has ordered all South Koreans to leave immediately the Kaesong Industrial Complex in the North's border city of the same name, according to the Korean Central News Agency. It said that it will freeze all assets and equipment held by South Korean companies, adding that it...
  • North Korea blew up rocket stage to confound analysts: South Korea

    02/09/2016 7:53:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 49 replies
    Indian Express ^ | February 9, 2016
    North Korea blew up rocket stage to confound analysts: South Korea The U.S., Japanese and South Korean militaries are scouring the seas for debris and analysts are studying photos, trajectories. Minutes after North Korea launched its rocket, South Korea's navy detected a rain of fragments falling into the sea and then a sooner-than-expected disappearance of the rocket from their radar, suggesting a possible failure. News outlets working in real time jumped on the idea. But it quickly proved wrong. South Korean officials and foreign analysts say they now believe the first stage of the rocket had a cagey new feature:...
  • Death from above: North Korea has started using balloons to drop cigarette butts on the South

    02/05/2016 8:04:28 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    National Post ^ | February 5, 2016 | Choe Sang-Hun
    Death from above: North Korea has started using balloons to drop cigarette butts on the South Choe Sang-Hun, The New York Times February 5, 2016 8:44 AM ET More from The New York Times SEOUL, South Korea -- North Korea likes to call South Korea a land of "political filth" and its leaders, including President Park Geun-hye, "human trash." Now, apparently to highlight its contempt, it has begun sending balloons into the South loaded with an unusual payload, the police here said Thursday: cigarette butts. North and South Korea have escalated their propaganda war across their heavily armed border since...
  • Timeline of the Chou Tzu-yu flag controversy(China/Taiwan)

    01/18/2016 7:03:24 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Focus Taiwan ^ | 2016/01/18 | Christie Chen
    Timeline of the Chou Tzu-yu flag controversy 2016/01/18 19:31:13 ●Jan. 8 In a series of posts on his Sina Weibo microblog, Huang An (黃安), a 53-year-old singer born in Taiwan and based in China, accuses 16-year-old Chou Tzu-yu (周子瑜), better known as Tzuyu, the only Taiwanese member of the popular South Korean girl group Twice, of supporting Taiwan independence. Huang mentions Chou's waving of the Republic of China's (Taiwan) national flag on a South Korean TV show last year, and accuses her of working with the independence-leaning Taiwanese media outlet Sanlih E-Television, which he says has been promoting her as...
  • DONALD TRUMP: Here's how I'd handle that 'madman' in North Korea

    01/11/2016 2:31:43 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 31 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Jan. 6, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    DONALD TRUMP: Here's how I'd handle that 'madman' in North Korea Colin Campbell Jan. 6, 2016 Real-estate tycoon Donald Trump said Wednesday that the US should pressure China into getting North Korea under control. "It's something I've been talking about for a long time. You have this madman over there who probably would use it," Trump said during an interview on "Fox & Friends." "And nobody talks to him, other than of course Dennis Rodman," he said. "That's about it." Trump was referring to North Korea's supreme leader, Kim Jong Un, while addressing North Korea's announcement Tuesday night that it...
  • (4th LD) S. Korea to resume propaganda broadcasts along border with N. Korea

    01/07/2016 6:37:50 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2016/01/07
    (4th LD) S. Korea to resume propaganda broadcasts along border with N. Korea 2016/01/07 21:27 (ATTN: ADDS military's action in paras 8-10) SEOUL, Jan. 7 (Yonhap) -- South Korea said Thursday that it will resume anti-Pyongyang broadcasts this week along the heavily fortified border with North Korea in retaliation of Pyongyang's claimed hydrogen bomb test. The anti-Pyongyang broadcasts will resume at noon on Friday, Cho Tae-yong, deputy chief of the presidential office of national security, told reporters. "The North's fourth nuclear test is a grave violation" of the August deal, Cho said, referring to a breakthrough deal that defused heightened...
  • S. Korea: (3rd LD) Police arrest Indonesian suspected of following terrorist group

    11/18/2015 4:55:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/11/18
    (3rd LD) Police arrest Indonesian suspected of following terrorist group 2015/11/18 18:11 (ATTN: ADDS details on Syrian refugees; Minor edits) SEOUL, Nov. 18 (Yonhap) -- Police said Wednesday they are questioning an illegal immigrant with Indonesian nationality who is suspected of following a terrorist group affiliated with al-Qaida. The National Police Agency (NPA) said they arrested the 32-year-old at his house in South Chungcheong Province on charges of violating the Immigration Control Law and forging documents. However, the man is also suspected of supporting the al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaida, for months, according to police. Police said the...
  • N. Korea: In unification scenario, stabilization of NK military imperative

    11/10/2015 5:42:59 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Daily NK ^ | 2015-11-05
    In unification scenario, stabilization of NK military imperative [Understanding Unification] Daily NK | 2015-11-05 13:34 As South Korean President Park Geun Hye asserted, is unification really a bonanza? If there is sufficient state power that can manage what is to come before and after unification as well as uphold the economy despite North Korea’s impoverished economic conditions, then unification is an opportunity. However, bringing together the two Koreas--each cut off from the other for more than half a century--is no simple task. Being hopeful about unification is necessary, but understanding the positive and negative aspects that will come with it...
  • N. Korea: PRC nationals in DPRK persecuted as Beijing and Seoul draw closer

    09/21/2015 2:40:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Want China Times ^ | 2015-09-21
    PRC nationals in DPRK persecuted as Beijing and Seoul draw closer Staff Reporter 2015-09-21 11:39 (GMT+8) North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has begun to purge Chinese citizens from his country as China's relations with Seoul improve at the expense of ties with Pyongyang, reports the Hong Kong-based Yazhou Zhoukan. South Korea's president, Park Geun-hye, was one of the chief guests of honor at the military parade in Beijing on Sept. 3 to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Kim declined to attend and was represented instead by his special envoy Choe Ryong-hae. Xu Fusen, a...
  • (3rd LD) N. Korea vows to launch rocket

    09/14/2015 9:25:36 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/09/15
    (3rd LD) N. Korea vows to launch rocket 2015/09/15 01:17 (ATTN: UPDATES with US reaction; ADDS to dateline) SEOUL/WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- North Korea said Monday that it plans to launch a rocket at a time of its choosing as it has the right to conduct space research, cementing speculation over a provocation by the country near its key anniversary. North Korea's National Aerospace Development Administration "is pushing forward in the final phase the development of a new earth observation satellite for weather forecast," the Korean Central News Agency said. "The world will clearly see a series of satellites...
  • North Korea 'prepares submarine attack' on South Korea as crisis talks enter third day: live

    08/24/2015 7:30:36 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 21 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 06/24/15
    Seoul refuses to back down and demands apology from Kim Jong-un for landmine blast it claims maimed two soldiers - North Korea's state media - Korean Central News Agency - has just issued another Shakespearean tirade against the South, accusing it of "false propaganda." Quote They [South Korea] claimed the DPRK "promulgated a decree on establishing a donation system" and "the society in the north has turned into the one where loyalty can be bought and sold." They asserted this was a "reliable source" from North Hamgyong Province. They even took issue with the newly built Pyongyang Home for the...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-un snubs China's invitation to military parade: source

    08/24/2015 12:31:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 19 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/24
    Kim Jong-un snubs China's invitation to military parade: source 2015/08/24 BEIJING, Aug. 24 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has declined an invitation from China to attend a huge military parade next month marking China's victory over Japan in World War II, a diplomatic source said Monday. The rejection of the Chinese invitation represents the strained political ties between the allies over the North's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons and wayward behavior, according to the source. China has invited world leaders to attend the military parade on Sept. 3, a high-profile show of force. Many Western leaders are expected...
  • Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located"

    08/23/2015 12:08:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 216 replies
    Military Sources, "About 50 N. Korean Submarines Left Their Bases...Can't be Located" 2015.08.23 15:23 /begin my translation Dozens of N. Korean submarines left their bases at both Eastern and Western coast, and can't be located. Military are increasing their surveillance capability to track them, it is confirmed. That accounts for 70% of (N. Korea's) submarine fleet, which totals 70 ships. This is the largest rate of deployment since the Korean War. Military sources said, "This is 10 times more than their normal deployment level. Dozens of them left their bases at both coasts, and we are unable to track them."...
  • North Korea approves final attack on South Korea as tensions increase in region

    08/21/2015 6:28:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 52 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/21/15
    A North Korean military official says a meeting of senior party and defense officials led by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Thursday night and "reviewed and approved the final attack operation." He gave no details on what kind of military retaliation North Korea would see as appropriate punishment for South Korea's shelling of its territory on Thursday. Kim Yong Chol, director of the general reconnaissance bureau of the North Korean army, on Friday denied South Korean allegations that Pyongyang has been raising tensions on the peninsula. He denied the North fired anything across the Demilitarized Zone and says...
  • (URGENT) N. Korea fires shells at S. Korean military along western border (headline only)

    08/20/2015 1:01:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 50 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/20
    (URGENT) N. Korea fires shells at S. Korean military along western border 2015/08/20 16:54
  • Hyundai's damage from Chinese explosion estimated at 160 bln won (4,000 cars)

    08/13/2015 10:28:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 23 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2015/08/14
    Hyundai's damage from Chinese explosion estimated at 160 bln won 2015/08/14 09:26 SEOUL, Aug. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top carmaker Hyundai Motor is estimated to have lost 160 billion won (US$136 million) from huge explosions in China's northeast port city of Tianjin, industry watchers said Friday. China Central Television (CCTV) said the blasts involved a shipment of explosives at the Ruihai warehouse in Tianjin, and occurred around 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The exact cause was not immediately known. Hyundai had parked around 4,000 automobiles at the site, including Genesis and Equus luxury sedans. While Hyundai usually produces automobiles to...
  • WHO: To Avoid MERS, Dont Drink Camel Urine

    06/26/2015 11:12:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 6/28 | ELIAS GROLL
    Six people have died, 87 have been infected, and some 1,800 schools and kindergartens have temporarily shut their doors amid an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in South Korea. Its likely the most significant outbreak of the disease outside the Middle East, and over the weekend, the World Health Organization released details on new cases of the disease in South Korea. It also issued a surprising piece of advice for individuals seeking to avoid infection: Drink neither raw camel milk nor camel urine. Thats perhaps not as strange as it sounds. While the exact transmission mechanisms remain unclear, it...
  • S. Korea: Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities

    12/24/2014 5:36:20 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Arirang News ^ | 2014-12-24 | Connie Kim
    Deadline looms as hackers threaten to destroy control systems of nuclear facilities Updated: 2014-12-24 20:35:49 KST The investigation team is closing in on the hacker who is threatening to release thousands of nuclear reactor data. Authorities say they have traced the attack to multiple IP addresses in Shenyang, China. They haven't ruled out North Korea's involvement since the city is close to the border. Authorities believe the attack was planned for two years, and that more than one person is responsible. They had discovered earlier in the week that the Twitter ID being used by the hacker was registered in...
  • Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation

    12/22/2014 6:25:49 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | December 19, 2014 | Maggie Hiufu Wong
    Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation By Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN December 19, 2014 -- Updated 0956 GMT (1756 HKT) (CNN) -- Deja vu? Yesterday's news? Nope, it's just another series of air dramas involving disruptive Chinese air travelers. It hasn't been the most peaceful fortnight in the aviation industry -- we've seen the aftermath of a Korean Air exec's "nut rage" and R&B singer Jeremih arrested for attempting to force open a closed airplane door after missing the last call for boarding. In the midst of this unruly behavior have come no fewer than...
  • In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party

    12/19/2014 10:33:11 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    LAT ^ | December 19, 2014 | Steven Borowiec
    In unprecedented move, South Korea bans 'pro-North' political party By Steven Borowiec December 19, 2014, 5:49 AM|Reporting from Seoul Weighing free expression versus security concerns, South Koreas Constitutional Court on Friday made an unprecedented ruling to dissolve a small left-wing party accused of being pro-North Korea.. Judges voted 8-1 in favor of disbanding the Unified Progressive Party, a small opposition party that Chief Justice Park Han-chul said was seeking to undo South Koreas democratic order and bring the country under North Korea-style socialism. South Koreas constitution has a clause that allows political parties to be disbanded if they pose a...
  • Korean Air scion faces probe for bad in-flight behavior (nut rage?)

    12/09/2014 4:49:35 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    Korea Times ^ | 2014-12-08 | Kim Se-jeong
    Korean Air scion faces probe for bad in-flight behavior By Kim Se-jeong The transportation authority said Monday it is looking into whether a Korean Air senior vice president's behavior on a plane, including yelling at flight attendants and ordering the plane to stop, violated the Aviation Safety Law. The investigation comes after Heather Cho, the airline's senior vice president and the airline group Chairman Cho Yang-ho's eldest daughter, allegedly had an aircraft on the runway proceed back to the gate at JFK International Airport in New York to have a flight attendant thrown off due to "poor service." "Two inspectors...
  • S. Korea-China FTA still faces hurdles before implementation

    11/10/2014 1:37:27 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 72 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/10 | Byun Duk-kun
    S. Korea-China FTA still faces hurdles before implementation 2014/11/10 11:56 By Byun Duk-kun SEJONG, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- A long and what could be a very difficult process still awaits the free trade agreement (FTA) between South Korea and China before it can be implemented, despite a joint declaration of a deal by their leaders earlier Monday, government officials said. South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, declared a "de facto" conclusion of FTA negotiations at their summit in Beijing. Officials here, however, say it could take months before the FTA can actually go into effect....
  • (LEAD) S. Korea fires warning shots at N. Korean soldiers approaching border

    11/10/2014 1:20:31 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/11/10
    (LEAD) S. Korea fires warning shots at N. Korean soldiers approaching border 2014/11/10 16:58 SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korean troops fired warning shots Monday after a North Korean patrol approached the tensely guarded land border that separates the rival countries, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said Monday. No exchange of fire, however, took place between the two Koreas, as the North Korean soldiers moved away from the military demarcation line (MDL) without firing back, according to the JCS. "Some 10 North Korean soldiers came close to the military demarcation line (MDL) in the northern city of Paju...
  • S. Korea: Con artists defraud man by promising to attract Imeldas slush funds

    10/29/2014 2:41:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 2014/10/29
    Con artists defraud man by promising to attract Imeldas slush funds OCTOBER 29, 2014 05:08. Lee, 45, facility manager for a building in Seouls Gangnam district, was struggling amid financial difficulties because he had yet to receive five-month salary in arrears around May 2012. While agonizing to overcome his difficult situation, he received an interesting offer from Park, whom Lee came to know through one of his acquaintances. Park, who came to see Lee with a colleague, said, Slush fund worth hundreds of millions of dollars belonging to Imelda, the wife of former Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, is being kept...
  • (URGENT) Koreas exchange fire near heavily fortified border

    10/19/2014 3:16:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 33 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/19
    Headline Only.
  • U.S. Against Korean Aerobatic Team Performing in China

    10/12/2014 3:38:41 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    The Chosun Ilbo ^ | Oct. 10, 2014
    The Air Force's Black Eagles aerobatic team plans to take part in an air show next month in China's Guangdong Province, but the U.S. is trying to block the move citing the risk of exposing classified technology. The Black Eagles use T-50 trainer jets developed by Korea Aerospace Industries with technological support from Lockheed Martin. Korea needs U.S. approval in order to export the T-50 trainers and to fly the aircraft into hostile territories. A government source on Wednesday said the Black Eagles "have been preparing for some time to take part in the Zuhai Air Show next month, but...
  • (LEAD) Two Koreas exchange machine gun fire: Seoul's military

    10/10/2014 3:56:51 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/10/10
    (LEAD) Two Koreas exchange machine gun fire: Seoul's military (ATTN: ADDS details throughout; CHANGES slug) SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Yonhap) -- The two Koreas exchanged machine gun fire Friday, Seoul's military said, after the North launched shots toward balloons carrying anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets floated by South Korean civic activists across the tense border. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said some of the North Korean shots landed south of the border, prompting the South's military to fire back in response. No further details were available, including whether there were any casualties on either side. Seoul's military officials corrected earlier reports that...
  • (LEAD) U.S. man caught trying to swim to N. Korea (U.S. citizen of Arabic descent)

    09/18/2014 7:23:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2014/09/17
    (LEAD) U.S. man caught trying to swim to N. Korea 2014/09/17 10:49 SEOUL, Sept. 17 (Yonhap) -- A young American man has been caught trying to swim across a river border into North Korea, a government source said Wednesday. The man was arrested by Marine sentries at around 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday while he was swimming across the Han River, which borders with North Korea, the source said. The river cuts through the South Korean capital of Seoul and its adjacent county of Gimpo into the Yellow Sea. During an interrogation following the arrest, the U.S. citizen of Arabic descent...
  • South Koreas 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
    SEOULSouth 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...