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2 special forces soldiers die during training

Two noncommissioned officers in the special forces have died of apparent suffocation and another has been injured during harsh training, military officers said Wednesday.The accident took place late Tuesday in a unit of the Special Warfare Command in the central town of Jeungpyeong, some 1...

Updated : 2014.09.03 10:07

General quits over disorderly conduct

First Army Commander Gen. Shin Hyeon-don resigned Tuesday amid controversy over his “disorderly” behavior damaging to the military’s image in June, the Ministry of National Defense said.The ministry said that on June 19, when the military was on heightened alert due to President Park Ge...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:35

Prosecution files murder charges against 4 soldiers in abuse case

The Army prosecution decided to file murder charges against four soldiers who allegedly beat a private first class to death in April, officials said Tuesday, reversing its initial stance that manslaug...

Updated : 2014.09.02 20:32

Korea, U.S. to discuss missile defense

The transfer of wartime operational control and missile defense cooperation may top the agenda should the national security chiefs of South Korea and the U.S. meet for their first official bilateral m...

Updated : 2014.09.01 20:59

More than 750 Korean War remains found this year

The South Korean military has excavated this year the remains of 753 fallen soldiers who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War, the defense ministry said Monday.In a four-month project that began in April to find remains of missing service personnel, some 46,000 soldiers dug out sites in 56 reg...

Updated : 2014.09.01 10:52

Fighter procurement projects pick up speed

South Korea’s mega projects to develop indigenous fighters and purchase stealth warplanes are picking up pace as Seoul plans to approve crucial administrative steps at the national defense acquisitio...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:35

Draftees allowed to meet visitors on weekdays, use cellphones

The Defense Ministry said Sunday that it would allow draftees to receive visits by their girlfriends or families on weekdays from this month and use their unit cellphones on a trial basis, as it strives to improve what critics call the closed, rigid military culture.“We declare September ...

Updated : 2014.08.31 21:24

South Korea, U.S. end joint defense drill ahead of schedule

South Korea and the United States wrapped up their joint military exercise Thursday, a day earlier than scheduled, officials here said, spawning speculation that the move might be intended to help soothe North Korea.The allies' Combined Forces Command in Seoul announced that it successfull...

Updated : 2014.08.28 16:25

N. Korea developing ballistic missile submarine: report

North Korea is developing a submarine capable of launching ballistic missiles, a U.S.-based web magazine claimed Tuesday, escalating concerns here over missile and nuclear threats from the communist state.Citing two U.S. defense officials, Washington Free Beacon said in an article that a m...

Updated : 2014.08.27 21:03

DAPA fails to collect royalties for T-50 exports

State auditors have found that the state defense acquisition agency failed to receive large amounts of royalties due on a local firm’s exports of the domestically built T-50 trainer jets overseas.According to the Board of Audit and Inspection, the Defense Acquisition Program Administratio...

Updated : 2014.08.27 21:00

Army justice under fire

Criticism is rising over the military’s apparent reluctance to revamp its exclusive legal system amid growing calls to improve professionalism, transparency and fairness in the military’s prosecutio...

Updated : 2014.08.25 21:27

Soldiers’ crimes against civilians grow

The number of crimes by soldiers against civilians has risen in recent years, according to data from the Ministry of National Defense and the nation’s armed services.The total number of criminal case...

Updated : 2014.08.25 21:25

Korea, China in talks over air zones

South Korea is in discussions with China and other neighboring countries to prevent any accidental clashes over its expanded air defense identification zone, the defense ministry said Monday.In December last year, South Korea announced the new Korean air defense identification zone to coun...

Updated : 2014.08.25 21:15

Budget cuts may undercut Korea’s defense: U.S. group

The Association of the U.S. Army has voiced concerns over the negative impact of the congressionally mandated budget cuts, or sequestration, on its mission to counter a “dynamic” North Korean threat and secure peace on the peninsula.In an article recently published by its Institute of La...

Updated : 2014.08.24 20:44

Defense ministry finds hacking attempts against its reporters

Unidentified hackers, suspected to be based in China, have been caught trying to steal data from media reporters covering South Korea's Ministry of National Defense, ministry officials said Friday."We've confirmed that a handful of reporters covering the ministry have received an e-mail wh...

Updated : 2014.08.22 20:01