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.


South Korea suspends bidding for US rice imports

September 22, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has suspended bidding for U.S. rice imports after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Consumer Reports magazine found elevated levels of arsenic in rice.

Seoul’s Agriculture Ministry says it also suspended the sale of U.S. rice as of Friday. It says the sale and bidding may resume after more studies are conducted.

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/21/4843551/south-korea-suspends-bidding-for.html

Iraqi official: N. Korea wants to fly through Iraq to Syria

September 21, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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Damascus, Syria (CNN) — North Korea asked Iraq on Thursday if it could fly a plane through Iraqi airspace to Syria, an adviser to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki tells CNN.

Al-Maliki rejected the request because there is suspicion that the plane would be carrying weapons, said adviser Ali al-Mousawi.

Read more: http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/21/world/meast/syria-civil-war/?hpt=hp_t3

China Warns S.Korean Activists Helping N.Koreans

September 21, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The Chinese government has reacted irritably to calls from Seoul for an investigation and apology from Beijing for allegedly torturing a South Korean activist who was imprisoned for helping North Korean defectors there. Beijing apparently warned Seoul it would deal “by the book” with South Korean NGOs and religious groups operating in China.

According to a diplomatic source in Seoul, China said it would restrict the activities of South Korean groups helping North Korean defectors there after the South Korean government called for a probe into the alleged torture of Kim Young-hwan and raised international awareness of the issue.

Read more: http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/09/21/2012092101077.html

South Korea Fires on North Korean Fishing Boats

September 21, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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South Korea’s navy fired warning shots Friday toward North Korean fishing boats that crossed a disputed maritime boundary, but the shots didn’t hit the fishing boats and the vessels retreated, a South Korean official said.

Read more: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/south-korea-fires-north-korean-fishing-boats-17286783

Sade’s 1785 novel banned in Korea

September 20, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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The Korean-language translation of French writer Marquis de Sade’s 1785 novel, “The 120 Days of Sodom,” has been officially banned in Korea, for its “extremely violent” and “disturbing” sexual content. It is the second time that the book, dealing with orgies and torture, has been banned by the government.

Read more: http://view.koreaherald.com/kh/view.php?ud=20120920000540&cpv=0


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Nuclear deal? New North Korea and Iran pact raises international concern

September 20, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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North Korea and Iran appear to be deepening their nuclear technology relationship under a new agreement reached between the two nations that President Bush labelled part of an ‘axis of evil.’

North Korea and Iran appear to be increasing their dealings in nuclear technology and missiles with each other under a breakthrough agreement reached between the two nations in Tehran three weeks ago.

“It’s likely the tempo of shipments of technology to Iran has increased,” says Bruce Bechtol, a former US intelligence official and author of two books and other studies on North Korea’s military buildup. “We have seen a large number of North Korean scientists visiting Iran.”

Read more: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2012/0920/Nuclear-deal-New-North-Korea-and-Iran-pact-raises-international-concern

South Korea’s Ahn gets poll bounce, to moderate tone on big business

September 20, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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(Reuters) – The latest runner in South Korea’s presidential race, software millionaire Ahn Cheol-soo, received a boost from the first poll taken after he declared his candidacy but is going to have to row back on his attacks on big business if he wins power.

Ahn, 50, once called financial crime was worse than homicide, referring to the heads of the conglomerates, or chaebol, who have been convicted and then pardoned over corporate scandals, as the head of Samsung Group, the largest group, and car giant Hyundai Motor Co have been.

Now established as the leading candidate in the December election by at least one pollster, Ahn is likely to have to shift his tone as he counts down the 89 days to a poll that pits him against the daughter of the country’s dead ex-dictator and a former political prisoner.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/20/us-korea-politics-ahn-idUSBRE88J0AR20120920

Film festival opens in movie-crazy North Korea

September 19, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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An international film festival opens Thursday in what may seem the unlikeliest of places: North Korea.

PYONGYANG, North Korea —

An international film festival opens Thursday in what may seem the unlikeliest of places: North Korea.

Held every two years, the Pyongyang International Film Festival offers North Koreans their only chance to see a wide array of foreign films on the big screen – from Britain, Germany and elsewhere (but not America). And it’s the only time foreigners are allowed into North Korean theaters to watch movies alongside locals.

Read more: http://seattletimes.com/html/entertainment/2019194626_apasnkoreafilmfestival.html?prmid=head_more

South Korean software mogul to stand for presidency

September 19, 2012 by admin · Comments Off
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SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean software millionaire and philanthropist Ahn Cheol-soo finally announced he would run for the presidency, ending a year-long wait and throwing wide open a race that had looked to be a coronation for the conservatives’ Park Geun-hye.

Read more: http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-19/news/sns-rt-us-korea-politics-ahnbre88i094-20120918_1_political-reform-seoul-software

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