Category: S.Korea

Military hysteria over N. Korea may lead to catastrophe

The examples of Iraq and Libya have convinced the North Korean leadership that only nuclear deterrence can protect them, so no sanctions can dissuade them, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. Pyongyang will not relinquish its military program under pressure of sanctions and military threats, because the examples of Iraq and Libya have convinced it that […]

Pyongyang responds to Seoul’s provocations at border

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Friday declared the country’s front-line troops on a war footing, after tensions with South Korea soared following an exchange of fire at the border. Such threats from Pyongyang are common, but this time the declaration came after South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds towards the North on […]

North Korea’s worst ever drought creates foreign aid crisis

North Korea will receive urgent humanitarian aid from its ally Iran through The Red Crescent Society to help get through drought and food shortages while the US has said that it will not provide any help. North Korea is growing increasingly desperate as it faces its worst drought in 100 years, according to the North […]

U.S. leaves N. Korea off state sponsor of terrorism list

The United States has decided against re-listing North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. There had been some speculation Washington might put North Korea back on the list following its alleged hacking attack on Sony Pictures late last year. But the U.S. State Department says Pyongyang is not known to have sponsored any terrorist […]

Libya: Gunmen open fire on S.Korean embassy in Tripoli

A group of armed gunmen attacked the South Korean embassy in Tripoli on Sunday, killing two Libyan guards and injuring another officer, Foreign Ministry officials said. The incident took place at around 1:20 a.m. Libyan time when the assailants fired some 40 shots from a machine gun as they drove by the embassy, an official […]

U.S. military chief’s visit to S Korea sparks protest in Seoul

Activists battled riot police in front of South Korea’s Ministry of Defense as US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter arrived in Seoul. The protesters oppose the deployment of a US missile system on the Korean Peninsula and view Washington policy as provocative. The US has been pressuring South Korea for the deployment of Terminal High […]

U.S. ups military presence in Pacific, China’s main concern

The US will continue to invest in future weapons systems especially relevant to the Asia-Pacific’s complex and dynamic security environment as part of its rebalance to the region, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. These include high-end capabilities such as a new, long-range stealth bomber and a new, long-range anti-ship cruise and investments in areas like […]

Russia warns US against sending missile defense to S.Korea

Russia on Tuesday warned the United States against sending a ballistic missile defense system to South Korea, saying it could threaten regional security. Washington says it wants to deploy the system, known as THAAD, to South Korea as a deterrent to military provocation by North Korea. “Such a development cannot but cause concern about the […]

Mend wounds of WWII, urges Angela Merkel in Tokyo

Chancellor Merkel has encouraged Japan to mend post-war ties with its Asian neighbors by saying Germany had “squarely” dealt with its Nazi past. Merkel is visiting Japan ahead of her hosting June’s G7 summit in Bavaria. Angela Merkel was received in Tokyo by Emperor Akihito (pictured above) and then Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday […]

U.S. ambassador to South Korea attacked with a “razor”

The US State Department also confirmed that the ambassador’s injuries were not life threatening. The assailant had reportedly attacked Japan’s ambassador to Seoul in 2010. The Associated Press quoted the YTN as reporting that during the attack, the 55-year-old assailant shouted “South and North Korea should be reunified.” According to the state-run BBC, the attacker […]

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