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  • S. Korea probes army plan for troops to control protesters

    07/15/2018 12:05:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | July 15, 2018 | The Associated Press
    A group of army generals rolling tanks and troops into Seoul to seize power. Paratroopers firing at large crowds calling for democracy. Tanks and armored vehicles stationed at universities to intimidate student protesters. Such scenes of military intervention in South Korea have been nonexistent since the country achieved democracy in the late 1980s. But revelations this past week of a document showing the military drafted plans to mobilize troops to suppress protests last year have struck a nerve among people in one of Asia’s most vibrant and wealthiest democracies. Some allege the plans even included a scenario for a coup....
  • S. Korea has no plans for arms reduction, for now: defense chief

    07/12/2018 4:46:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Korea Herald ^ | July 12, 2018 | Yeo Jun-suk
    South Korea has no plans to discuss arms reduction with North Korea until the country has made progress on denuclearization, Seoul’s defense minister said Thursday, placing priority on building trust amid persistent doubt over Pyongyang’s denuclearization pledge. During a meeting with reporters, Defense Minister Song Young-moo said confidence-building measures will begin with basic processes -- such as reconnecting military communication lines and disarming the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone. Once trust is built with North Korea and a detailed road map for denuclearization emerges, the two Koreas can move beyond their working-level military talks and convene a ministerial meeting to discuss...
  • Over 210,000 sign petition against South Korean gay pride festival

    07/12/2018 4:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | July 12, 2018 | Julian Ryall in Tokyo
    More than 210,000 people have signed a petition on the web site of the South Korean president’s office demanding that an “abominable” gay pride festival scheduled to take place in central Seoul this weekend be cancelled. The three-day Seoul Queer Culture Festival is marking its 19th anniversary this year and will include art exhibitions and a film festival. The highlight of the event will be the Seoul Queer Parade on Saturday afternoon around Seoul Plaza, the historic square in front of the city’s old City Hall that was the fulcrum of the March 1919 independence movement and the June 1987...
  • Inside Camp Humphreys, South Korea: America's Largest Overseas Military Base

    07/12/2018 1:00:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | July 12, 2018 | Joseph Hincks
    After a 19-gun salute wreathed the parade ground at Camp Humphreys in white smoke on June 29, South Korea’s Minister of National Defense, Song Young-moo, and United States Forces Korea (USFK) Commander, General Vincent Brooks, cut the ribbon at the United Nations Command and USFK’s new headquarters. The massive $10.8 billion garrison in Pyeongtaek—America’s largest overseas military base—is in the final stage of a more than decade-long expansion project. About 45 miles south of the joint command’s former headquarters in metropolitan Seoul, it is expected to house nearly 45,000 troops, contractors, and family members by 2022, following the largest peacetime...
  • South Korea's Moon says North Korea-US talks 'on track', criticism a ploy

    07/12/2018 9:28:41 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | July 12, 2018 | Reuters
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Thursday (Jul 12) that North Korea's criticism of the United States after recent talks on denuclearisation was part of its strategy and negotiations between them are on the "right track". North Korea accused the United States on Saturday of making "gangster-like" demands in the talks in North Korea late last week, contradicting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who said the old enemies had made progress. Moon, speaking in Singapore during a state visit, said that talks on the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula between North Korea and the United States may face...
  • South Korea officially drops its maximum workweek to 52 hours to promote work-life balance

    07/01/2018 4:10:31 PM PDT · by DFG · 20 replies
    Straits Times ^ | 07/01/2018 | The Korea Herald/Asia News Network
    South Korea officially dropped its maximum workweek to 52 hours on Sunday (July 1), in an effort to improve the quality of life among its citizens by tackling the country's notoriously long work hours. The new law, which was a campaign promise by President Moon Jae-in, went into effect for businesses with more than 300 employees, state-run agencies and government offices starting Sunday. Under the law, which slashed the maximum weekly work hours to 52 from 68, workers in South Korea will be allowed to work 40 hours and an additional 12 hours of overtime.
  • S. Korea to change national identity from 'free democracy' to 'democracy'

    07/01/2018 3:25:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 7 replies
    Yonhap ^ | June 2018
    South Korea's government said Thursday it will change the definition of its national and political system from "free democracy" to simply "democracy" in its new guidance for secondary school history textbooks. In its revised guidance for history textbooks to be used by middle and high school students from 2020, the Ministry of Education also changed 1948 from being the founding year of the Republic of Korea (ROK, or South Korea) to being the founding year of the government of the Republic of Korea. So far, domestic history textbooks have used both "free democracy" and "democracy" as terms defining the identity...
  • U.S. Forces Korea opens new headquarters in Pyeongtaek

    06/28/2018 7:01:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | June 29, 2018 | Song Sang-ho
    The U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) opened its new headquarters in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul, on Friday, in a relocation project likely to broaden its security role long circumscribed by deterrence against North Korea. The USFK held a ceremony to celebrate the relocation from Yongsan, central Seoul, to Camp Humphreys, a sprawling complex about 70 kilometers south of the capital, after a delay caused by residents' protests, budgetary issues and massive construction work to prevent floods. "This headquarters building within the complex represents a significant investment in the long-term presence of the U.S. forces in Korea. Ladies and gentlemen, this was...
  • Rebuilding North Korea could cost $63 billion and South Korea is set to benefit

    06/28/2018 9:52:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 27, 2018 | Holly Ellyatt
    That rebuilding North Korea’s economy could cost billions of dollars won’t come as much of a surprise to observers of the reclusive state, but just how much South Korea is willing to invest in, and benefit from, the economic potential of its unpredictable neighbor is yet to be seen. In the afterglow of the historic meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attention has turned toward the possible rebuilding the rogue state’s isolated economy. But the reconstruction of the country hit by sanctions and heavily reliant on China won’t be easy, or cheap. In fact,...
  • Germany vs. South Korea: World Cup 2018 Live

    06/27/2018 9:01:52 AM PDT · by Jolla · 35 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/27/18 | Kevin Draper
    • South Korea takes a 2-0 lead over Germany on two stoppage time goals in the second half. • Refresh here for live World Cup updates and analysis from Russia. Germany and South Korea both have hopes of advancing to the knockout rounds, and both of their chances of doing so go up markedly if they win by multiple goals.
  • 1,500-Year-Old Love Story Between a Persian Prince and a Korean Princess that Could Rewrite History

    06/26/2018 9:10:31 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    Ancient Origins ^ | May 2018 | Mark Oliver
    More than a thousand years before the first European explorer reached Korea’s shores, the Persian Empire was writing love stories about Korean princesses. Recently, historians took a second look an old Persian epic written around 500 AD and realized that, at the center of the tale, was the unusual story of a Persian prince marrying a Korean princess. It’s an incredible discovery. Up until recently, we weren’t sure that the Persians of that time even knew Korea existed. This new revelation shows Persia didn’t just make contact with Korea – these countries were intimately connected. The story is called the...
  • Mexico Wins Again at World Cup, Beats South Korea 2-1

    06/23/2018 8:33:20 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 30 replies
    CBS SF AREA ^ | 23 JUNE 2018 | CBS SF AREA
    ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia (AP) — The criticism of Mexico’s national team heading into the World Cup was loud and scathing. The answer has been emphatic. The Mexicans won their second straight match at the tournament, beating South Korea 2-1 Saturday to move ever closer to a spot in the round of 16. “We didn’t listen to the criticism,” said Javier Hernandez, one of the scorers against South Korea. “It was just noise.”
  • Stopping “War Games” Prematurely: A Costly Mistake

    06/23/2018 7:00:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | June 23, 2018 | Ed Feulner
    I arrived in Seoul on the same day as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after the Singapore Summit. In the wake of the meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Pompeo and I had essentially the same task: reassuring our allies. Of course, he did it with high-level government officials, and I did it unofficially with many contacts who are journalists, business leaders and academics. But they all had at least one thing in common: concerns about President Trump’s announcement that we’d be stopping “war games” in the region. Although he didn’t expressly say so, this...
  • North, South Korea to hold family reunions

    06/22/2018 4:16:55 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    AAP via ^ | Updated Updated 32 mins ago
    Delegations from North and South Korea have agreed to arrange reunions for families separated by the Korean War from August 20 to August 26, South Korea's Ministry of Unification says, citing the delegations' joint statement.
  • S. Korea to begins sales of farmed bluefin tuna

    06/22/2018 12:21:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | June 22, 2018
    Sushi lovers in South Korea will be able to taste a new breed of tuna in local restaurants and gourmet shops as farm-bred bluefin tuna is coming to the market this year, the fisheries ministry said Friday. Local fishermen have tried to cultivate bluefin, one of the most popular fish with its rich red meat, to meet the high demand, but their efforts were fraught with challenges like typhoons and cold winters. After a lot of trial and error over the past decade, Hongjin Fishing Association said it succeeded in growing bluefin tuna in a pen in waters off Tongyeong,...
  • Killing dogs for meat ruled illegal by South Korean court

    06/21/2018 8:28:28 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 49 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 21, 2018 | Agence France Presse in Seoul
    A South Korean court has ruled the killing of dogs for meat is illegal, in a landmark decision that animal rights activists have said could pave the way to outlawing the eating of canines. A ruling from the city court in Bucheon on Thursday, in a case brought by the animal rights group Care against a dog farm operator, said meat consumption was not a legal reason to kill dogs. “It is very significant in that it is the first court decision that killing dogs for dog meat is illegal itself,” said Kim Kyung-eun, a lawyer for Care. The precedent...
  • Who needs Trump? South Korea announces alliance with Russia to stop Kim

    06/21/2018 8:13:04 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 56 replies
    Express UK ^ | June 21, 2018 | Joey Millar
    South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev agreed today to work with North Korea in a “three-way cooperation” - pointedly leaving out the US. Mr Moon said: “When a peace regime is established on the Korean Peninsula, economic cooperation between the South and North Korea will take off and will be expanded to three-way cooperation with Russia.” His office did release a statement which paid the briefest of lip service to the US. It said: “President Moon and Prime Minister Medvedev agreed to strengthen the strategic communication between the two countries to assist complete denuclearisation of...
  • Russia, South Korea Revive Talks To Build Gas Pipeline Via North Korea

    06/17/2018 10:41:10 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies ^ | June 2018 | Tsvetana Paraskova
    Russian gas giant Gazprom has resumed talks with South Korea over a decade-old idea to build a gas pipeline from Russia’s Far East to South Korea through North Korea, Vitaly Markelov, Deputy Chairman of Gazprom’s Management Committee, said on Friday. “To date, the political situation has been somewhat different, and the South Korean side has asked Gazprom to resume the project, and a series of talks has been held on this issue, and these talks are continuing." “The ideas behind the pipeline look very difficult to implement, especially given the complex political-military context continuing on the Korean peninsula, and the...
  • Koreas to hold 'flurry of talks' over sports, family reunions, railway connections....

    06/17/2018 12:25:41 PM PDT · by caww · 15 replies
    Yon Hap ^ | 6/17/2018 | YonHap
    The two Koreas are set to hold a series of talks on sports, reunions of separated families, railway and road connections and forestry cooperation in the coming weeks, officials said Sunday, a reminder of the ongoing thaw in cross-border ties. On Monday, they will meet at Peace House, a South Korean building in the truce village of Panmunjom, to discuss sports-related issues, such as their teams' joint march at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, slated for August. At the talks, they may also discuss other issues, such as forming unified teams for the...
  • S. Korea proposes movement of N.K. long-range artillery away from border: ...

    06/17/2018 12:37:32 PM PDT · by caww · 4 replies
    YonHap ^ | 6/17/2018 | YonHap
    South Korea proposed that North Korea move its long-range artillery away from the heavily fortified border in an effort to reduce tensions during last week's rare cross-border military talks, government sources here said Sunday. "We conveyed our position to the North that in light of consultations between the North and the United States over the denuclearization issue, we have to craft measures to drastically reduce military tensions by removing practical threats,"............. "I understand that (the South) suggested moving the North's artillery that threatens the Seoul metropolitan area to rear areas so as to actively implement the Panmunjom Declaration," the source...