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  1. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea delays rocket launch as eyes turn to North

    Posted Nov 29th 2012, 02:15pm by Bloomberg

    ... at the Korea Institute of Defence Analyses in Seoul, said yesterday by telephone. “If South Korea succeeds with the Naro rocket, the North’s technology will look weak in comparison.” Kim Jong-un’s ... on December 19 would weigh against Kim firing a missile before then, said Baek of the defence institute. It would reduce the chances of economic aid from South Korea, harden the US stance against ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1093798/n-korea-speculation-overshadows-s-korean-rocket
  2. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    American held in South Korea after trying to swim across Han River to rival North

    Posted Sep 17th 2014, 11:04pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul Man in his 30s told investigators he wanted to meet leader Kim Jong-un American held after bid to swim to N Korea South Korean soldiers detained a US citizen who was apparently trying to swim across the river border into rival North Korea, the South's defence ministry said. "A male American citizen was arrested last night while attempting ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1594818/american-held-south-korea-after-trying-swim-across-han-river-rival-north
  3. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea, United States to establish joint military unit

    Posted Sep 04th 2014, 11:43pm by AFP

    ... year, the South's defence ministry said, as part of elaborate preparations for any future war between the two Koreas. "It will be the first combined field combat unit to carry out wartime operations," a defence ministry spokesman said without elaborating on its mission. He declined to confirm a Yonhap report that its remit would include eliminating weapons of mass ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1585340/south-korea-united-states-establish-joint-military-unit
  4. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea launches military drill with US despite North’s opposition

    Posted Aug 18th 2014, 09:22pm by AFP

    ... Korean and US soldiers and is aimed at testing combat readiness for a North Korean invasion. According to the South Korean defence ministry, this year's drill will, for the first time, simulate the response to a nuclear attack threat, using a strategy of "tailored" deterrence developed last year at annual South Korea-US defence talks. North Korea has repeatedly called ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1576169/south-korea-launches-military-drill-us-despite-norths-opposition
  5. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    US reinforces Pacific missile defences as North Korea authorises strike plans

    Posted Apr 05th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Seoul US bolsters defences against N Korea The United States has scrambled to reinforce its Pacific missile defences as North Korea pushed more global alarm buttons yesterday by announcing it had authorised plans for possible nuclear strikes on US targets. US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said Pyongyang's increasingly bellicose threats combined with its ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1207266/us-reinforces-pacific-missile-defences-north-korea-authorises-strike-plans
  6. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Legislator calls for South Korea's own nuclear defence

    Posted Apr 11th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Washington Call for S Korea's own nuclear defence A prominent South Korean legislator says his country should consider developing its own nuclear weapons or hosting a US arsenal as a way to pressure North Korea and its ally China. Chung Mong-joon, a billionaire businessman who belongs to the ruling conservative New Frontier Party, said on a visit ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1211755/chung-mong-joon-wants-nuclear-arms-south-korea
  7. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    North Korea slams US over aircraft carrier's visit to South

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 06:06am by AFP

    ... this week. A spokesman for the policy department of the North's National Defence Commission (NDC) said the visit was "little short of US 'gunboat diplomacy' in the last ... the further [North Korea] will bolster its cutting-edge nuclear force for self-defence," the spokesman was quoted as saying by the North's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). He said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1552936/north-korea-slams-us-over-aircraft-carriers-visit-south
  8. News - China - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Xi Jinping sends Pyongyang a message by making first Korea trip as president to Seoul

    Posted Jul 02nd 2014, 02:58am by Teddy Ng, KRISTINE KWOK

    ... an assistant professor of Chinese studies at Seoul's Yonsei University. Kim Chul-woo, a senior research fellow at the Korea Institute for Defence Analyses, said the trip would probably upset North ... in the region," he said, referring to calls for Seoul to join the US missile defence system. "We don't want to see a tense situation and an arms race in the region." Delury from Yonsei ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1544521/xi-jinping-sends-pyongyang-message-making-first-korea-trip-president
  9. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    Kim thumbs nose at Seoul as photos show him directing rocket fire near DMZ

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 10:32pm by Reuters

    ... to witness columns of water caused by North Korean shells landing in the sea," South Korean Defence Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. "Our government takes the firm stance that we ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1554921/kim-thumbs-nose-seoul-photos-show-him-directing-rocket-fire-near-dmz
  10. News - Asia - KOREAN PENINSULA

    South Korea allowed longer-range missiles

    Posted Oct 08th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... or damage the equivalent of several dozen soccer stadiums at one time, said Shin Won-sik, a Seoul Defence Ministry official. There was no immediate comment from the US State Department, ... the standards of the MTCR - an informal club of 34 largely Western countries - had to be balanced against members' "legitimate defence requirements". But analysts warned that the new deal ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1056099/s-korea-allowed-longer-range-missiles

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