US, China to to hold joint drill

October 25, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Beijing, Oct 25 (IANS) The armed forces of China and the US will soon hold a joint drill on humanitarian rescue and disaster relief in southwest Sichuan province, an official said here Thursday, as both the nations step up efforts to develop healthy defence ties.

“The military relationship between China and the US maintain a smooth development this year. We are ready to work with the United States to push forward a sound and stable development of bilateral military ties,” defence ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said at a press briefing.

Read more: http://www.firstpost.com/fwire/us-china-to-to-hold-joint-drill-503196.html?utm_source=storypage&utm_source=article_fwire

South Korea shuts down two reactors

October 3, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, Oct. 3 (UPI) — South Korea on this week shut down two nuclear reactors due to malfunctions.

The Shingori 1 in Busan, 280 miles south of Seoul, was shut down after a problem was detected involving the control rod that governs the rate of fission in the reactor, Yonhap News Agency reports.

About 2 hours later, the second reactor — at Younggwang Nuclear Power Plant in South Jeolla province, about 220 miles south of Seoul — was shut down due to low water levels.

Officials at state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power said that neither reactor was in danger of releasing radiation, Yonhap reports.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Business_News/Energy-Resources/2012/10/03/South-Korea-shuts-down-two-reactors/UPI-16281349277779/?spt=hs&or=er

Defense Minister warns of unexpected provocations by N. Korea

October 1, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin Monday called on South Korean soldiers to prepare for North Korea provoking in other areas than the disputed sea border in the Yellow Sea.

“North Korea may provoke in a way which we cannot expect, although they are currently focusing on waters (in the Yellow Sea),” Kim told soldiers at a naval command in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province.

Kim was referring to recent violations of South Korean waters near the sea border with North Korea in the Yellow Sea by North Korean patrol boats and fishing vessels.

Read more: http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20121001000073&cpv=0

South Korean rapper takes top spot

October 1, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Psy has become the first South Korean musician to make it to number one in the UK with his single Gangnam Style

RAPPER Psy has become the first South Korean musician to make it to number one in the UK with his single Gangnam Style.

The pop track broke into the top 40 two weeks ago at number 37, four weeks after its release, and has been climbing steadily since ending up at number three in last week’s chart.

 The video that accompanies the single has amassed more than 253 million views in just two months and became the most “liked” video of all time on YouTube.

Read more: http://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/south-korean-rapper-takes-top-spot-3244731.html

Typhoon Sends Car Flying

September 30, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Typhoon Jelawat struck Okinawa Saturday, injuring at least 50 people and leaving more than 200,000 without power. Powerful winds sent this car flying in a Urasoe, Okinawa, parking lot.

North Korea Gossip: Gulag Closes, Kim’s Aunt Sick?

September 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Kim Kyong Hui is slightly visible as she sits on on amusement park ride with Kim Jong Eun and another man at the Rungna People’s Pleasure Ground in Pyongyang in this photo taken July 25. Rumors are now flying about her health

This was the week North Korea watchers thought Kim Jong Eun would show that he’s up to more than just visiting amusement parks and military bases. Instead of a groundbreaking (or even mildly interesting) meeting of the Supreme People’s Assembly, a flurry of intriguing reports and rumors have emerged from Pyongyang this week, including the closure of one of its hideous gulags.

Read more: http://blogs.wsj.com/korearealtime/2012/09/28/north-korea-gossip-gulag-closes-kims-aunt-sick/

Ahn, Psy and rise of the outsider

September 28, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Two things happened last week that captured the zeitgeist in Korea. One was the announcement by Ahn Cheol-soo, the software entrepreneur, that he was running for president and the other was rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style’’ breaking the world record for the most liked YouTube video. What connects these two seemingly unrelated events is that both display the appeal of authenticity that reflects pent-up demand for social change in Korea.

Read more: http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2012/09/198_120945.html

S. Korea Refuses Japan Port Call In Drill

September 25, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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TOKYO — South Korea is refusing to allow a Japanese warship to dock at its port during a joint naval exercise, media said on Sept. 25, as ties between the pair remain strained over disputed islands.

Tokyo has lodged a protest with Seoul over the refusal during an exercise that also involves the U.S. and Australia, reports said, with one diplomat calling it “extremely rude”.

Read more: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120925/DEFREG03/309250005/S-Korea-Refuses-Japan-Port-Call-Drill-Reports?odyssey=nav%7Chead

China-Japan Islands Dispute Stokes S. Korean Tourism Boom

September 24, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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“I picked Korea because I’m reluctant to go to Japan,” the 24-year-old from Hong Kong said in the South Korean capital last week during a trip with friends. “I don’t want to visit a country that makes me uncomfortable.”

South Korea expects a record 100,000 Chinese tourists during a weeklong holiday starting Oct. 1 as vacationers switch plans because of a consumer boycott of Japanese goods and travel. The protests have been sparked by Japan’s move to nationalize disputed islands known as Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese.

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-09-23/china-japan-islands-dispute-stokes-south-korean-tourism-boom

S.Korea ‘Wins Permission to Extend Missile Range’

September 24, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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 ajosshi.com–Why would any politician true to their country vote to have restrictions placed on their ability to deflect threats?

S.Korea ‘Wins Permission to Extend Missile Range’ The U.S. has reportedly agreed to let South Korea extend its ballistic missile range from 300 km to 800 km while maintaining the weight of the warhead at the current 500 kg.In protracted talks, the two sides also agreed to scrap a trade-off clause in a bilateral agreement that says if the maximum range is extended, the payload weight must be reduced.They remain at loggerheads over Washington’s dogged opposition to Seoul’s development of combat drones and civilian solid-fuel rockets. As a result, South Korea may have to abandon plans to develop state-of-the-art combat drones for which it has already budgeted W500 billion (US$1=W1,119) and will also have trouble pursuing its civilian space project.

The missile guidelines were last revised in 2001.

A government source on Sunday said the two countries have “virtually finished” the missile talks that started early last year and hope to issue a statement by mid-October. “There’s been progress in issues like missile range, missile payload weight, and unmanned aerial vehicles but not over development of civilian solid-fuel rockets,” the source added.

Seoul had hoped to extend the missile range to 1,000 km, which would cover all of North Korea from Jeju, and increase the payload weight to 1 ton. But Washington is worried that this would also bring the Chinese and Japanese capitals within reach.

For drones, Seoul wanted to increase the current payload of less than 500 kg to 2.5 tons and develop not only reconnaissance UAVs but also combat drones. The U.S. agreed to increase the payload of reconnaissance drones up to a point but is against letting Seoul develop combat drones, the source said.

The talks are expected to wind up by mid-October so South Korea can declare its new missile policy before the two defense ministers meet at the annual Security Consultative Meeting in Washington late next month.

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