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  1. N Korea's rocket plan upstages global nuclear summit in Seoul

    Posted Apr 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... But the gathering of nearly 60 leaders in Seoul on Monday and Tuesday- called to find ways to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists and rogue states- was upstaged by North Korea's plans to launch a satellite on a long-range rocket around April 15, when the country celebrates the birthday of founder Kim Il-sung. Washington and Seoul viewed the launch as cover for nuclear missile ...

  2. Seoul sceptical of nuclear 'deal'

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Andrew Salmon in Seoul While the world hails an apparent breakthrough in talks- brokered between Washington and Pyongyang in Beijing- regarding North Korea's nuclear plans, experts in Seoul remain deeply cynical of the negotiations delivering any real progress on the ultranationalist state's atomic weapons programmes. North Korea and the US announced on Wednesday ...

  3. Missile shield may be Seoul's best defence

    Posted Jun 08th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... and the US fit that bill. The idea has yet to clear policy and budgetary hurdles. But officials in Seoul say China has already objected. US-led missile defence in the region irks Beijing. ... systems may well be Seoul's most effective response to the North's provocation. South Korea's building a missile shield that co-ordinates with the US-Japan system has multiple ...

  4. Piracy threat forcing Seoul to step aboard

    Posted Nov 28th 2008, 12:00am by Donald Kirk

    ... Donald Kirk Seoul looks set to join the battle against pirates off the coast of Africa. The entry of South Korean destroyers into those troubled waters would represent a significant step in the nation's role as a global commercial and military power. Will South Korea also accept an expanded role in the initiative to monitor the passage of nuclear arms missiles- which would represent ...

  5. Seoul sees nuclear talks being a permanent security forum

    Posted Mar 08th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of Tokyo's leaders in visiting the Yasukuni shrine. Seoul has also been angered by comments from Japan's foreign minister, Taro Aso, that Koreans 'volunteered' to take Japanese names ...

  6. Seoul a winner in failed project

    Posted Jun 02nd 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Khang Hyun-sung in Seoul The death of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation's (Kedo) reactor project represents a symbolic setback to Seoul's attempts to seek ... and the setting up of South Korean tours to the North's Keumkang Mountains. Seoul's reluctance up until now to consign the project to history reflects the political as well as huge financial ...

  7. N Korea unlikely to give up its atomic arsenal

    Posted Mar 11th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia correspondent, in Seoul While the latest deal to deliver aid to North Korea raised hopes for a restart of the six-nation talks on Pyongyang's nuclear programme, ... a few months later by a deadly artillery barrage on the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong. Seoul is still waiting for apologies and explanations from its enemy but officials insist ...

  8. Spotlight shifts to rocket concerns

    Posted Mar 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Greg Torode Chief Asia Correspondent While more than 50 world leaders gather in Seoul this week for only the second Nuclear Security Summit, talk is expected to be dominated by one figure ... to express anger at Seoul's hosting of the summit. Japan is preparing its missile defence batteries to shoot down the rocket if it threatens the country, despite Pyongyang insisting it is merely ...

  9. The big thaw

    Posted Oct 10th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... First, North Korea committed itself to disabling its nuclear facilities by the end of the year, and giving a full account of its nuclear programmes. The next day, Pyongyang and Seoul jointly ... peace deal must await the complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. But, in their joint declaration, Seoul and Pyongyang said they would push ahead with convening a meeting of 'the ...

  10. Collateral damage

    Posted Nov 24th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... warship in March, but regional diplomats insist any such push will be harder this time. 'The stakes are even higher now,' one South Korean official warned in Seoul. 'We are urging ... of an escalation- a factor now alarming strategists in South Korea as they plot a further response. While initial international attention is focused on Seoul's reactions, the questions also loom large ...




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