Posts tagged "South 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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Weekend Update: Jan 16 2011

Weekend Update: Jan 16 2011

#1: US-China arms race? US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was in Beijing to discuss improving military ties between the US and China. On his arrival, the PLAAF tested their new J-20 fighter, apparently without telling President Hu Jintao. The test signalled “the military’s opposition to Gates’s trip and to U.S. efforts to improve military connections...

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S Korea and Japan: Hopes Dashed?

S Korea and Japan: Hopes Dashed?

Some time earlier today, a South Korean fishing boat was apparently involved with a confrontation in Japanese-controlled waters near the disputed island Takeshima (Dokdo to Koreans, Liancourt Rocks to the rest of the world). From Xinhau: Patrol ships of the both sides began the joint investigation at around 3:53 p.m. local time in waters about...

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Is China the Reason Behind Japan’s Push for S. Korean Ties?

Charlie Reed at the Stars and Stripes quotes Denny Roy of the East-West Center in Hawaii as saying: “North Korea provides the political excuse for what would otherwise be a strategic move” against China, Roy said. “It’s a fig leaf.” “Japan-South Korea defense cooperation is an example of what the Chinese want to avoid,” said...

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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 and South Korea as Allies Someday?

From the Christian Science Monitor‘s blog: Each nation is a democracy. They are already allies individually with the United States. Each trains with the American military separately in joint naval exercises. Most of all they are close neighbors in the tough neighbor of Northeast Asia that includes North Korea, China, and Russia. The threat of...

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That pushy Chinese fishermen problem may have just solved itself

One Chinese fisherman has died and another is missing after a confrontation between up to 50 Chinese fishing boats and the South Korean Coast Guard. A Chinese fishing trawler intentionally rammed a coast guard vessel and later capsized. The fishing boats were illegally poaching in South Korean waters. Video above is from the incident — quite...

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Keen Sword 2011 (updated)

–Updated 12/10/10 – Keen Sword exercises have ended. Here’s a wrap photo. I count 25 ships. I figure at least half of those ships are Japanese. All of the major Japanese combatants — Hyuga, Kunisaki, Kongo, and Shirane are present. That’s USS Houston in front. Why aren’t there any Japanese submarines in the formation? (Then...

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