Posts Tagged ‘ South Korea ’

South Korea: Court issues arrest warrant for Park associate’s daughter

December 22, 2016
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Business Insider    

"A South Korean court has issued an arrest warrant for Chung Yoo-ra, the daughter of President Park Geun-hye's friend, Choi Soon-sil, who is in custody and on trial in an influence-peddling scandal that led parliament to vote to impeach Park. ... Chung faces several allegations, including obstruction of justice, [prosecutors' spokesperson Lee Kyu-chul] said." (12/21/16)

http://www.businessinsider.com/r-south-korea-court-issues-arrest-warrant-for-daughter-of-president-parks-friend-2016-12  

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South Korea claims North Korea carried out cyber attack from Chinese IP

December 6, 2016
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United Press International United Press International    

"A South Korean military source says it has identified the source of North Korea cyberattacks that targeted the internal networks of the military. The Internet Protocol address linked to the attacks was traced to a location in Shenyang, China, and a malicious code associated with the address was similar to the one used in North Korean cyberattacks against the South, Yonhap reported. Seoul's military believes the evidence points to North Korean involvement in a hacking incident aimed at the army's intranet." (12/06/16)

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2016/12/05/North-Korea-cyberattack-traced-to-city-in-China-report-says/8601480990766/  

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South Korea: Park “willing to resign”

November 29, 2016
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"South Korea's President Park Geun-hye has said she has asked parliament to help her find a way to stand down. Ms Park faced growing calls to resign amid an investigation into whether she allowed a long-time friend to influence political decisions for personal gain. She said she would 'leave to parliament everything about my future including shortening of my term,' but did not want to leave a power vacuum. Parliament is due to discuss on Friday whether she should face impeachment." (11/29/16)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38140588  

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South Korea: Impeachment threat grows as prosecutors say Park was accomplice in corruption scandal

November 21, 2016
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Japan Times [Japan]    

"South Korean prosecutors said Sunday that they believed President Park Geun-hye was an accomplice in a corruption scandal that has rocked her administration, in a heavy blow to her fight for political survival. The prosecutors' comments, which came as they indicted a close friend of Park's and two of her former aides, are likely to spur stronger calls for her to step down or be impeached. ... South Korea’s parliament has approved a bill to appoint a special prosecutor, who will take over from state prosecutors and conduct a separate and a more wide-reaching probe. The special prosecutor is expected to begin work next month." (11/20/16)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/20/asia-pacific/politics-diplomacy-asia-pacific/south-korean-prosecutors-say-park-conspired-friend/  

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South Korea: Park offers to withdraw her prime minister nominee to quell scandal

November 8, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A humbled South Korean president essentially withdrew her nominee for prime minister Tuesday, marking another setback in her attempts to quell a snowballing corruption scandal. Park Geun-hye had to walk past opposition lawmakers holding signs saying 'step down' to get into the National Assembly Tuesday, when she made a rare visit to see Chung Sye-kyun, the speaker of South Korea's parliament. ... Park is fighting for her political life after it emerged that she had been taking secret advice from a lifelong friend who has no public policy background. The friend, Choi Soon-sil, used her connections to raise millions of dollars for two foundations and allegedly embezzled the money." (11/08/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/south-korean-president-offers-to-withdraw-her-prime-minister-nominee-to-quell-scandal/2016/11/08/498d77f0-41ea-4ba2-a341-356bc6fe7ec8_story.html  

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South Korea: Former Park aides arrested as corruption scandal widens

November 7, 2016
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Fox News    

"South Korean prosecutors on Sunday formally arrested two former presidential aides as they bring their investigation over a bizarre political scandal that has engulfed the nation a step closer to President Park Geun-hye. Park has issued consecutive apologies following suspicion that she allowed her longtime friend and daughter of a late cult leader to manipulate power from the shadows. But the apologies did little to assuage simmering public anger, which culminated in the largest anti-government rally in the capital in nearly a year on Saturday when tens of thousands of people demanded that Park step down." (11/06/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/11/06/south-korean-presidents-ex-aides-arrested-as-corruption-scandal-widens.html  

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South Korea: Park dismisses aides in bid to stem scandal

October 31, 2016
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Columbus Dispatch    

"The shadowy woman at the center of President Park Geun-hye's worst political scandal apologized for her 'wrongdoings' on Sunday. Hours later, Park fired her chief of staff and seven other presidential aides in an effort to regain public trust, a day after thousands of South Koreans took to the streets to call for her removal from office. ... Park has been accused of letting Choi [Soon-sil], a private citizen with no security clearance or background in policymaking, advise on crucial state affairs. Choi, 60, has also been accused of using her influence with Park to plant her associates in the government, including the presidential office, and to coerce big businesses to donate millions of dollars each to the two foundations she controls." (10/31/16)

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/national_world/2016/10/31/park-dismisses-aides-in-bid-to-stem-scandal.html#  

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South Korea: Park apologizes over speech scandal

October 25, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"South Korea's President Park Geun-hye publicly apologized Tuesday after local media reported that some of her key speeches were informally edited by her former assistant. The apology came a day after the JTBC TV network said that Choi Soon-sil received dozens of speeches before Park delivered them. Choi, the daughter of Park's mentor Choi Tae-min and the former wife of Park's former secretary Chung Yun-hoi, has no government job and might have meddled in state affairs, local media reported." (10/25/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2016/10/25/south-koreas-president-apologizes-over-speech-scandal/92712724/  

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South Korea: Regime says North Korean soldier crossed the border to defect

September 29, 2016
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Military Times    

"South Korea's military said Thursday that a North Korean soldier had crossed the border between the rivals to defect. South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said military officials were investigating the North Korean solider, who defected across the central-east portion of the military demarcation line, which is inside the 4-kilometer-wide (2.5-mile-wide) Demilitarized Zone that separates the countries. The military provided no other details." (09/29/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/seoul-says-north-korean-soldier-crossed-the-border-to-defect  

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South Korea can afford its own defense

August 29, 2016
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Charles V Pena  

"Under a cost-sharing pact, the South Koreans currently pay about 40 percent of the costs of keeping U.S. forces in their country. However, South Korea isn't paying a nickel of the estimated $1.6 billion cost of the THAAD battery; all it will do is provide the land and build a base. But there is no reason that South Korea can't pay for its THAAD battery -- or batteries, as officials there have previously said they want two -- by itself. Indeed, there is no reason South Korea can't handle its own defense entirely, obviating the need for the 28,500 U.S. troops currently on the Korean peninsula." (08/29/16)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/south-korea-can-afford-its-own-defense/  

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South Korea: RoK, US troops start drills as Pyongyang regime threatens nuke attacks

August 22, 2016
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Military Times    

"South Korea and the United States began annual military drills Monday despite North Korea's threat of nuclear strikes in response to the exercises that it calls an invasion rehearsal. Such fiery rhetoric by Pyongyang is not unusual. But the latest warning comes at a time of more tension following the defection of a senior North Korean diplomat and a U.S. plan to place a high-tech missile defense system in South Korea. The North's military said in a statement Monday that it will turn Seoul and Washington into 'a heap of ashes through a Korean-style pre-emptive nuclear strike' if they show any signs of aggression toward the North's territory." (08/22/16)

http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/s-korean-and-us-troops-start-drills-as-n-korea-threatens-nuke-attacks  

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South Korea: North Korean regime’s deputy ambassador to UK defects

August 17, 2016
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Times of India [India]    

"South Korea said Wednesday that North Korea's deputy ambassador to Britain had defected to Seoul, in a rare and major loss of diplomatic face for Pyongyang. The Unification Ministry said Thae Yong-Ho -- the number-two at the North's mission in London -- had defected together with his family and they were now in the South Korean capital. ... North Korea maintains relatively few overseas embassies, and defections by diplomats of Thae's stature are extremely rare. The last such case was that of the North Korean ambassador to Egypt who defected to the United States in 1997." (08/17/16)

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/S-Korea-says-N-Korea-deputy-ambassador-to-Britain-defected-to-Seoul/articleshow/53740506.cms  

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North Korea fires three ballistic missiles into sea, South says

July 19, 2016
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Hartford Courant    

"North Korea on Tuesday fired three ballistic missiles into its eastern sea in an apparent protest of South Korea's decision to allow the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system in the country, Seoul officials said. The missiles launched from a western North Korea town flew across the country before crashing into the waters off its east coast, Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement." (07/19/16)

http://www.courant.com/nation-world/ct-north-korea-missiles-20160719-story.html  

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North Korea: Regime says it will treat US detainees under “wartime law”

July 11, 2016
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Reuters    

"North Korea said on Monday it has told the United States it will sever the only channel of communication between them, at the United Nations in New York, after Washington blacklisted leader Kim Jong Un last week for human rights abuses. All matters related to the United States, including the handling of American citizens detained by Pyongyang, will be conducted under its 'wartime law,' the North's official KCNA news agency said. The move is the latest escalation of tension with the isolated country, which earlier on Monday threatened a 'physical response' after the United States and South Korea said they would deploy the THAAD missile defense system in South Korea." (07/11/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-usa-northkorea-idUSKCN0ZQ107  

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Seoul: Senior North Korean military officer defects to South

April 11, 2016
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Newser    

"A colonel from North Korea's military spy agency fled to South Korea last year in an unusual case of a senior-level defection, Seoul officials said Monday. The announcement came three days after Seoul revealed that 13 North Koreans working at the same restaurant in a foreign country had defected to the South. It was the largest group defection since Kim Jong Un, North Korea's young leader, took power in late 2011. South Korean media reported that the restaurant is located in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo. Defections are a bitter source of contention between the rival Koreas, and Seoul doesn't always make the high-profile cases public. Liberal lawmakers and media outlets have linked the recent defection announcements to what they say is an attempt by the conservative government of South Korean President Park Geun-hye to muster anti-Pyongyang votes ahead of this week's parliamentary elections. The government denied this." (04/11/16)

http://www.newser.com/article/001d4d9118bb4c9d96210232c3eb5e69/seoul-senior-north-korea-military-officer-defects-to-south.html  

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In drills, US, South Korean forces practice striking North’s nuclear plants

March 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The United States and South Korea started huge military exercises Monday, kicking off drills that will include rehearsing surgical strikes on North Korea's main nuclear and missile facilities and sending in special forces to carry out 'decapitation raids' on the North Korean leadership. The exercises always elicit an angry response from Pyongyang but Monday's statement was particularly ferocious, accusing the United States and South Korea of planning a 'beheading operation' aimed at removing Kim Jong Un's regime." (03/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/in-drills-us-south-korea-practice-striking-norths-nuclear-plants/2016/03/06/46e6019d-5f04-4277-9b41-e02fc1c2e801_story.html  

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US deploys F-22 Raptors to rattle Pyongyang

February 18, 2016
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JoonAng Ilbo [South Korea]    

"In a move intended to intimidate North Korea, the United States sent on Wednesday its most advanced stealth fighter jets to the Osan Air Base in preparation for the largest-ever joint military exercises next month with South Korea. ... The advanced tactical fighter jets, capable of flying into enemy territory undetected, arrived just one day after President Park Geun-hye publicly warned that the Kim Jong-un regime would speed along its own 'collapse' if it did not abandon its nuclear and missile programs." (02/17/16)

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3015206  

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South Korea: Regime to shut down joint industrial park with North

February 10, 2016
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"South Korea said Wednesday that it will shut down a joint industrial park with North Korea in response to its recent rocket launch, accusing the North of using hard currency from the park to develop its nuclear and missile programs. The decision to end operations at the industrial complex in the North Korean border city of Kaesong, the last major cooperation project between the rival countries, comes after North Korea on Sunday launched a long-range rocket considered by other nations to be a banned missile technology test." (02/10/16)

http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/business/s-korea-to-halt-work-at-joint-industrial-park-with/nqMpH/  

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South Korea: Regime seeks US strategic weapons after North’s nuclear test

January 7, 2016
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Reuters    

"South Korea is in talks with the United States to deploy U.S. strategic weapons on the Korean peninsula, a South Korean military official said on Thursday, a day after North Korea said it successfully tested a hydrogen nuclear device. South Korea also said it would resume propaganda broadcasts by loudspeaker into North Korea from Friday, which is likely to infuriate its isolated rival, in response to its fourth nuclear test. The United States and weapons experts voiced doubts the device North Korea tested on Wednesday was a hydrogen bomb, but calls mounted for more sanctions against it for its rogue nuclear program." (01/07/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-northkorea-nuclear-idUSKBN0UK0G420160107  

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South Korean, Japanese regimes reach agreement on “comfort women”

December 28, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Japan and South Korea have reached an agreement over the long-standing issue of 'comfort women,' a term that describes sex slaves used by the Japanese military during World War II. Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said his government will give 1 billion yen ($8.3 million) to a fund to help those who suffered. South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said that as long as Tokyo sticks to its side of the deal, Seoul will consider the issue 'irreversibly' resolved. In addition, the two governments 'will refrain from criticizing and blaming each other in the international society, including the United Nations,' Yun said at a joint news conference Monday." (12/28/15)

http://cnnphilippines.com/world/2015/12/29/South-Korea-Japan-comfort-women-agreement.html  

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South Korea: Union leader leaves Buddhist temple, surrenders to police

December 10, 2015
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Korea Joonang Daily [South Korea]    

"The leader of Korea's second-largest umbrella union group turned himself over to police early Thursday, ending 24 days of hiding in a Buddhist temple to avoid being arrested for a rally that turned violent. The standoff over Han Sang-gyun, head of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU), ended without clashes on Thursday, as the police and Han responded to a last-minute compromise by the head of the Jogye Order. ... The union leader took refuge for nearly a month in the Jogye Temple since Nov. 16, two days after an antigovernment rally in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, that ended with clashes between police and protestors. The rally drew 60,000 protesters to the center of Seoul, some of whom attacked police buses with steel pipes." (12/10/15)

http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/Article.aspx?aid=3012654  

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North Korea: Kim orders frontline troops onto war footing

August 21, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"Kim Jong-un has ordered front-line North Korean troops onto a war-footing as tensions on the border with South Korea soared following an exchange of artillery fire. South Korea fired dozens of artillery rounds towards North Korea during the day after the North shelled across the border to protest against anti-Pyongyang propaganda broadcasts by Seoul -- the first exchange of fire in 10 months. In the early hours of Friday morning, North Korea's 'Supreme Leader' ordered his troops to be in a 'wartime state.'" (08/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/odp9pkt  

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South Korea says it exchanged fire with North at border

August 20, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"North and South Korea exchanged fire over their heavily fortified border on Thursday, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. South Korea detected a projectile, assumed to be a small rocket, that was fired toward the western province of Gyeonggi, a South Korean Defense Ministry official told CNN. The South Korean military responded by firing a few dozen shells at the area from which the North Korean projectile was fired, the official said." (08/20/15)

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/20/asia/koreas-tensions/  

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South Korea: Regime declares end to MERS outbreak

July 28, 2015
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"South Korea declared an end Tuesday to an outbreak of Middle East Repiratory Syndrome (MERS) that killed 36 people, more than two months after the first case was reported. ... The MERS virus, first identified in 2012 in Saudi Arabia, is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), an outbreak of which killed hundreds in Asia in 2003." (07/28/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oedx3gr  

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South Korea: President accepts PM resignation over bribery scandal

April 27, 2015
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Christian Science Monitor Christian Science Monitor    

"South Korean President Park Geun-hye accepted the resignation on Monday of her prime minister, who had offered to step down over an allegation that he took illegal funds from a businessman who committed suicide in a scandal that threatens to weaken Park. Park, whose ruling Saenuri Party faces a general election early next year for control of the 300-seat parliament, has seen her public support rating dip below 40 percent in recent weeks. ... Prime Minister Lee Wan-koo has denied he received campaign funds from the businessman, but pressure mounted for him to step down after news reports showed he had known Sung well." (04/27/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mgx84vt  

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