World’s biggest ship to launch from S Korea

July 18, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Published on Jul 17, 2013

The world’s biggest ship is about to set sail from Kwangyong port. While it is made of 60,000 tonnes of steel or the equivalent of 8 Eiffel Towers, the shipping line says much of it is recyclable. Al Jazeera’s Harry Fawcett reports from South Korea.

ALERT: Fukushima Radioactive Fallout Effecting U.S. West Coast

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What is at Stake in the US-ROK 123 Agreement?

April 30, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Published on Apr 22, 2013

Please join us for a Korea Chair Platform event on the US-ROK 123 Civil Nuclear Agreement. Our distinguished penalists will discuss the significance of the agreement and their views on the future of US-ROK nuclear cooperation .
Ambassador Christopher Hill

Dean, The Josef Korbel School of International Studies,
University of Denver
Dr. Gary Samore
Executive Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs,
Harvard University
Ms. Sharon Squassoni
Director and Senior Fellow, Proliferation Prevention Program, CSIS
and
Dr. Victor Cha
Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, CSIS

‘Survival of N. Korea regime depends on nuclear weapons’

March 5, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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Report: North Korea threatens to end armistice

March 5, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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(CNN) — North Korea threatened Tuesday to nullify the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War in 1953, citing U.S.-led international moves to impose new sanctions against it over its recent nuclear test, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported.

The North’s military said it will also cut off direct phone links with South Korea at the inter-Korean border village of Panmunjom, Yonhap said, citing North Korea’s news outlet.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/05/world/asia/north-korea-armistice-threat/index.html

Japanese holiday ‘celebrating’ disputed islands sparks backlash in South Korea

South Korean national police guard the Takeshima islands in pairs positioned at various lookout points. (Chico Harlan/The Washington Post)

Web users in both Japan and South Korea are up in arms over Japanese celebrations on Friday of Takeshima Day — a quasi-official holiday designed, appropriately, to mark an old territorial spat between Japan and South Korea.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/02/23/japanese-holiday-celebrating-disputed-islands-sparks-backlash-in-south-korea/

North Korea Will Defend Itself Against U.S. Hostility, Kim Says

January 27, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vowed to defend his country against hostility from the U.S. after the totalitarian state said last week it will test a nuclear weapon.

Kim supported government statements that “powerful physical countermeasures would be taken to defend” the dignity and sovereignty of the nation, the official Korean Central News Agency said in a report yesterday. Kim expressed the resolution to take “substantial and high-profile important state measures,” KCNA said, without elaborating.

North Korea has probably made enough progress to test a weapon in “a few weeks or less” once the leadership gives the order, according to a statement posted on the 38north.org website of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where recent satellite photos were analyzed.

North Korea on Jan. 24 threatened to test a nuclear weapon to derail “hostile” U.S. policies, after the Obama administration pushed through United Nations sanctions against the country for launching a rocket last month. The White House said the threat is “needlessly provocative” and will lead to further isolation and sanctions.

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-01-26/kim-vows-to-defend-n-dot-korea-s-dignity-against-u-dot-s-dot-hostility

U.S. promises action after North Korea’s blatant threats

January 25, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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BEIJING — The United States and China reacted sharply to the latest torrent of belligerent language from North Korea, which called the U.S. its “archenemy” and said it planned to conduct another nuclear test despite international sanctions.

Read more:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-north-korea-threat-20130125,0,933632.story

The ‘very, very strange’ world of North Korea, as blogged by daughter of Google boss

January 21, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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https://sites.google.com/site/sophieinnorthkorea/

AgustaWestland Wins $567 Million S. Korea Deal

January 16, 2013 by admin · Comments Off
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ajosshi.com: If I’m not mistaken, a deal with the U.S. and AgustaWestland was cancelled because of escalating costs.  Hope Korea fares better, as it’s a great chopper.

SEOUL — Anglo-Italian helicopter company AgustaWestland has beaten its U.S. rival to win a $567 million contract from South Korea’s navy, officials said Jan. 15.

The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said it would buy eight AW159 Wildcat helicopters from AgustaWestland over two years starting in 2015. A spokesman said the $567 million price tag also includes the transfer of technology and extra equipment.

The Wildcat, which is armed with machine guns and can carry dipping sonar, torpedoes and anti-ship missiles, will be used as the navy’s multi-mission helicopter, DAPA officials said. The U.S.-made Sikorsky Seahawk that competed with the Wildcat has been disqualified mainly because it could not meet the price set by South Korea, they said.

The Wildcat will be deployed on destroyers and frigates.

http://www.defensenews.com/article/20130115/DEFREG01/301150004/AgustaWestland-Wins-567-Million-S-Korea-Deal?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

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