Posts tagged "North Korea"
North Korean defectors and the ROK Army

North Korean defectors and the ROK Army

Public Radio International’s The World carried an interesting report by Jason Struther this week on the desire of some North Korean refugees to fight liberate their former state. South Korea is understandably reluctant (but unwilling to talk about why): Andrei Lankov, a North Korea analyst at Seoul’s Kookmin University, said in the past both Koreas...

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South Korean missile limits

South Korean missile limits

Under the 1979 US-ROK Accord, updated in 2001, South Korea is restricted from developing missiles with “a range of up to 300 kilometers and a payload of up to 500 kilograms.” The map below illustrates this current range:   South Korea, however, is unhappy with the current limits and would like to be able to...

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Weekend Update: Jan 23 2011

Weekend Update: Jan 23 2011

#1: Obama Hears a Hu Chinese President Hu Jintao was in the US this week for what was expected to be his ‘legacy’ visit. Unfortunately, it didn’t seem that any concrete political developments came out of the talks besides pledges for closer cooperation. As The Daily Beast summed up concisely, ‘Obama didn’t get the concessions...

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The tale of North Korea-Iran cash flow

Robert Neff at The Marmot’s Hole has a fascinating post detailing the money trail from North Korea to Iran via Seoul. This quote of a Choson Ilbo article is a brief introduction: Iran paid North Korea US$2.5 million for arms purchases in 2008 through the South Korean branch of Bank Mellat, U.S. diplomatic cables unveiled...

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Maehara Gets It

Maehara Gets It

After years of being bogged down by the abduction issue in the Six-Party Talks, Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara seems to understand that it can’t continue. Whereas top Japanese and North Korean diplomats could sit face-to-face with each other to discuss the abductions at the six-party nuclear talks, the multilateral dialogue is for discussing Pyongyang’s nuclear...

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Led by BMD Projects, Japan Stepping into the World of Arms Exports

Led by BMD Projects, Japan Stepping into the World of Arms Exports

Japan’s arms export ban effectively means that Japan and Japan’s industry cannot export weapons abroad. The law explicitly bans the sale of Japanese weapons, from rifles to warships to foreign governments. It also bans the transfer of weapons technology. While the law was liberalized several years ago to allow for cooperation with the United States...

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Weekend Summary: Jan 9 2011

Weekend Summary: Jan 9 2011

Is Kim Jong-il laughing at us? by Borut Peterlin via Flickr North Korea offers unconditional talks On Jan 5, the North Korea’s state media carried an open-armed call for the resumption of reunification talks. “It is the review of the past three years that the issue of inter-Korean relations can never be solved by confrontation...

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Mid-Week Summary: Jan 5 2011

Mid-Week Summary: Jan 5 2011

Aerial view of Kadena Air Base via Wikipedia Japan, US agree to relocate F-15 training from Kadena to Guam This is part of a large move relocating forces from Okinawa to Guam, but is only a minor victory for the Japanese government who remain unable to effect any larger move.   US drops AEGIS system...

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Japan: No to Six-Party Talks

China last week proposed restarting the Six Party Talks on North Korea, but at least one of the parties, Japan, is not interested. The talks, which include South Korea, China, the United States, Japan, and Russia, began in 2003 and were last held in 2007. The principal gain from the talks seems to have been...

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4 Japanese held by China

Four Japanese nationals have been held by Japan on suspicion of “filming military targets”. According to the Associated Press, the four have not been identified, but are suspected of being employees of the Fujita Corporation. The authorities accuse the Japanese of entering a military zone without authorization in Hebei province, the capital of which is...

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Japan to increase military space presence

Also from the Chosun Ilbo, an article about Japan’s expanded empire in orbit. The Japanese government could launch an early warning satellite that can detect missile launches abroad by 2013. It also wants to increase the number of reconnaissance satellites from the current three to four. The Strategic Headquarters for Space Policy of the Japanese...

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Japan sending observers to U.S. – ROK exercises

A little nugget from Xinhua: TOKYO, July 23 (Xinhua) — Japan will send Self-Defense Forces ( SDF) staff to observe a joint military drill between the United States and South Korea slated for Sunday through Wednesday in the Sea of Japan, the Defense Ministry said Friday. Japan will not dispatch any vessel to the drill...

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