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  • Seoul anti-suicide initiative backfires, deaths increase by more than six times

    08/23/2017 12:26:35 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    Rocket News ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Casey Baseel
    Like many of the world’s largest and oldest metropolises, Seoul owes part of its development to its location on the banks of a river. In the case of the Korean capital, being situated along the Han River contributed to the flow of goods and resources necessary for a large community centuries before the development of trains or automobiles. The Han River still flows through Seoul today, where the body of water is crossed by the Mapo Bridge. But while the bridge was built with the purpose of serving as a transit artery, it’s also been darkly co-opted by those looking...
  • The Mystery of Hollywood's Dead Republican

    04/27/2005 6:03:30 AM PDT · by pissant · 44 replies · 1,902+ views
    NY times ^ | 4/26/05 | david halbfinger
    ON the morning of Saturday, Feb. 26, a day before the Academy Awards, the actress Carrie Fisher woke up in her Beverly Hills home next to the lifeless body of a gay Republican political operative named R. Gregory Stevens. Thus ended one of the more improbable friendships that Hollywood and Washington have known - and a globe-trotting, adventurous, but ultimately debilitating existence that might be fodder for a Tinseltown thriller, if it only had a satisfying resolution. Before its abrupt end, Mr. Stevens's journey had taken him from the beaches of San Clemente, Calif., and the slopes of Sun Valley,...
  • German weapons makers profiting from Korea tensions

    08/15/2017 9:48:04 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    DW, Germany ^ | Rodion Ebbighausen | 14.08.2017
    The German cruise missile Taurus KEPD-350 has a lot of demand in South Korea. The nearly 1,000-kilogram high-tech weapon made by an eponymous German firm, Taurus Systems, has a range of almost 500 kilometers. It has been specifically designed to penetrate highly capable air defense systems in low-altitude flight. The weapon is capable of both hitting deep underground bunkers as well as destroying large surface areas. South Korea's significance for Taurus, based in Germany's Bavaria state, is seen by the fact that the company set up a representative office in Seoul in 2014. In October 2016, 177 cruise missiles were...
  • Merkel condemns 'verbal escalation' with North Korea after Trump tweets

    08/11/2017 6:13:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies ^ | 11 August 2017 15:15 CEST+02:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she opposed any use of force to resolve the conflict with North Korea, after President Donald Trump said the US military was “locked and loaded”. “I don’t envision a military solution to this conflict, but rather consistent work as we’ve observed at the United Nations Security Council,” Merkel told reporters. “Germany will very intensively take part in the options for resolution that are not military, but I consider a verbal escalation to be the wrong response,” she said when asked about Trump’s latest tweets on North Korea. Merkel called for “very close cooperation”...
  • Indonesia Commissions First Attack Submarine in 34 Years

    08/06/2017 9:40:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | Aug 03 2017 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    The Indonesian Navy (Tentara Nasional Indonesia – Angkatan Laut) has commissioned its first attack submarine in over three decades this week. The first out of three ordered Type 209/1400 Chang Bogo-class (a license-built variant of the German Type 209 sub) diesel-electric attack submarine was handed over by South Korean defense contractor Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) on August 2. The new boat was subsequently inducted into the Indonesian Navy in a commission ceremony at the Okpo shipyard shipyard in Geoje Island, in the southeastern part of South Korea attended by senior Indonesian officials including Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu on...
  • South Korea Considering Nuclear-Powered Submarine for ROK Navy

    08/03/2017 10:31:31 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    Navy Recognition ^ | 02 August 2017
    According to Yonhap News Agency, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo said nuclear-powered submarines could be considered to counter the threat from North Korean submarines. South Korea Considering Nuclear-Powered Submarine for ROK Navy KSS-III Batch I is a 3000 tons SSK submarine project fitted with 6x VLS (vertical launch systems) Asked about the need to build nuclear-powered submarines in the face of the growing military threat from the North, Song said that the ministry is "ready to review" it. "To catch an enemy submarine, we should also have one," Song said in response to a question on what countermeasure the...
  • South Korea's military draws up plans for a 'surgical strike' to take out Kim Jong-un's missile ...

    08/01/2017 6:11:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | August 01, 2017 | JULIAN ROBINSON
    South Korea's military is drawing up plans for a 'surgical strike' to take out Kim Jong-un's missile and nuclear facilities if orders are given to remove the dictator. Taurus cruise missiles fired from F-15 fighters would be used to destroy the facilities if President Moon Jae-in gives the go ahead in an emergency, it is claimed. The contingency measure would be initiated by the President's Special Forces, according to reports by Seoul newspaper Munwha Ilbo. It comes just days after North Korea carried out another test launch of its Hwasong-14 missile and amid heightened tensions between North Korean tyrant Kim...
  • Can North Korea Really "Flatten" Seoul? (oldie but goodie)

    07/31/2017 10:14:54 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 43 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Erik Sofge
    Forget that North Korea would be committing strategic and political suicide with a full-scale bombardment of Seoul. If a storm of artillery rounds fell on Seoul, would the city really disintegrate? "Artillery is not that lethal," says Anthony Cordesman, who holds the Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and is a national security analyst for ABC News. "It takes a long time for it to produce the densities of fire to go beyond terrorism and harassment." Even in a worst-case scenario, where both U.S. and South Korean forces are somehow paralyzed...
  • South Korea considers a nuclear arsenal to counter the North

    07/30/2017 11:57:08 AM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 40 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 07/28/2017 | Stuart Leavenworth
    No longer sure they can rely on the United States, an increasing number of South Korean lawmakers say their country should develop its own nuclear arsenal to deter an attack by Kim Jong Un, their belligerent neighbor to the north. North Korea’s rapid missile advances, including successful tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) in July and again on Friday, are reviving calls for South Korea to assert its “nuclear sovereignty.” South Koreans are wary of President Donald Trump’s isolationist rhetoric and his calls for Asian allies to shoulder more of the defense burdens borne by the U.S. military. “Trump’s ‘America-first’...
  • Fraud Election: SouthKorea President

    07/12/2017 9:48:23 PM PDT · by ariellacrima · 19 replies
    YouTube (I am the author and the source is me) ^ | June 21,2017 | myself (Ariel S Choe)
    We people in South Korea must tell you that the so-called president in South Korea won the election through fraud that we won't forgive. It was done by issuing out two distinct forms of ballot paper, one of which is one and only "formal" type (type A) while the other is "non-existent" (type B) as claimed by the NEC. Assuring us that not a single piece of "non-existent" form (type B) actually came out in the ballot paper containers when the NEC opened them to count up each paper, NEC threatened people to make a lawsuit against those who would...
  • North Korea and Winter Olympics 2018 (S. Korea) - Problems?

    07/04/2017 11:49:29 AM PDT · by topher · 24 replies
    4th July 2017 | vanity based on dates/location of 2018 Winter Olympics
    The Winter Olympics will be in PyeongChang, South Korea beginning on February 9th 2018 and ending on February 25th 2018. With North Korea constantly firing ICBM's as well as talking about nuclear testing, it could make for more than an interesting Winter Olympics. PyeongChang is basically on the same parallel of South Korea as Seoul but on the Eastern side of the peninsula. My understanding is that there are 20,000 artillery pieces aimed at South Korea and many in range of Seoul -- I believe a city of 20,000,000 or more.
  • Barack Obama Just Violated The Logan Act…Again

    07/04/2017 4:26:47 AM PDT · by Lera · 116 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 7/3/17 | Steve Straub
    For some unknown reason Barack Obama met with South Korea’s new leader almost immediately after he returned from a meeting with President Trump. The Korea Herald reports: President Moon Jae-in renewed his resolve to pursue sanctions and dialogue to tackle North Korea’s nuclear program during a meeting with former US President Barack Obama on Monday, saying now is the “last chance” for the regime to return to the negotiating table. During the 40-minute talk, Moon shared the results of his recent summit with his incumbent US counterpart Donald Trump, asking for Obama’s advice on ways to advance the relationship. This...
  • (URGENT) N. Korea fires a ballistic missile: S. Korean military

    07/03/2017 6:09:05 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 60 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 2017/07/04
    (URGENT) N. Korea fires a ballistic missile: S. Korean military Headline only so far.
  • North Korea launches missile, nearing Japanese waters

    07/03/2017 6:48:01 PM PDT · by Malcolm Reynolds · 78 replies
    CNBC ^ | 7/3/17 | Leslie Shaffer
    On its website, South Korean state news agency Yonhap cited South Korea's military as saying an unidentified ballistic missile launched from a location near the North's border with China at 9:40 a.m. local time. South Korean President Moon Jae-in ordered a National Security Council meeting after the launch, Yonhap reported, citing the Blue House — the South's equivalent of the White House.
  • Fashion Notes: Melania Trump Is Pretty In Pink For Meeting With South Korean Leaders

    07/01/2017 7:36:49 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 June 2017 | John Binder
    First Lady Melania Trump was pretty in pale pink as she and President Trump met with South Korea’s leaders at the White House Thursday. Melania donned a $2,319 Roland Mouret pale, blush-toned sheath dress with her famous tousled hair, paired with nude-colored $675 Christian Louboutin stilettos, a favorite of the First Lady’s. The Slovenian-born former model kept the ensemble paired-down, wearing only her wedding ring for jewelry and sporting natural shades of makeup.
  • Trump calls for firm response to North Korea, targets Seoul on trade

    06/30/2017 7:25:31 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 1, 2017 | David Brunnstrom and Lisa Lambert
    Trump calls for firm response to North Korea, targets Seoul on trade By David Brunnstrom and Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump called for a determined response to North Korea after talks with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Friday where he stressed the importance of their alliance but took aim at Seoul over trade and sharing the cost of defence. Trump said the United States was renegotiating what he characterized as a "rough" trade deal with South Korea agreed to five years ago by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and reiterated that an era of "strategic patience"...
  • First lady arrives in Washington - in style (FLOTROK)

    06/29/2017 10:39:55 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Korra Joong Ang Daily ^ | June 30, 2017 | Lee Sung-Eun
    The soft diplomacy of Korea’s first lady, Kim Jung-sook, will be put to the test as she accompanies President Moon Jae-in on his first overseas trip since assuming office last month. Kim, a former member of the Seoul Metropolitan Chorus, has managed to gain a strong fan base here among Moon’s endorsers, who address her as “Cheerful Ms. Jung-sook” due to her hearty laugh and bright demeanor. The anecdote about how she and Moon married is now well known. Moon told a local broadcaster earlier this year that he was hanging out with his friends one day when Kim approached...
  • South Korea Tests Ballistic Missile That Can Hit Anywhere Inside North Korea

    06/25/2017 3:35:42 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 23, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    South Korea has successfully fired a fourth prototype Hyunmoo-2C short-range ballistic missile, which can reach any target in North Korea. The country’s new President Moon Jae-in lauded the test, which follows months of North Korean missile launches and escalating rhetoric on the Korean Peninsula, as in line with his administration’s foreign policy plans. On June 23, 2017, the South Korean Agency for Defense Development (ADD) conducted the test at its own facility approximately 120 miles southwest of Seoul. Video of launch showed the system’s standard semi-containerized truck-mounted launcher onboard either a ship or a sea platform. ADD, the country’s state-run...
  • Kim Jong-un nervous about assassination: NIS

    06/15/2017 5:22:01 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 38 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | 2017-06-15 18:45 Updated : 2017-06-15 19:52 | Yeo Jun-suk (
    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (Yonhap) South Korea and the US are seeking to establish a special forces team to take out Pyongyang’s leadership in the event of a contingency. Scheduled to be created by the end of this year, the unit will be tasked with eliminating Kim and paralyzing the North’s command and control system. “Kim is so engrossed with collecting information about the ‘decapitation operation’ through his intelligence agency,” said Lee, referring to the title of the clandenstie operation targeting Kim. Despite economic hardship in the country, North Korea appears to have inched closer to securing key technology...
  • Pressure cooker bomb injures South Korea university professor

    06/14/2017 4:57:57 AM PDT · by blueplum
    UPI ^ | 13 June 2017 2:34pm | Elizabeth Shim
    June 13 (UPI) -- An engineering professor at a prestigious university in South Korea was injured after being burned by a pressure-cooker bomb found in a package left outside his lab room. The Yonsei University professor had found the box at the door of a fourth-floor laboratory on Tuesday morning, Yonhap reported. {snip} The explosion prompted an evacuation. An investigative team of more than 70 police officers and forensic scientists were dispatched to the site. Large nails that filled the device did not scatter outward because the explosive did not completely detonate.