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Korea, U.S. talk missile defense cooperation

The military leaders of South Korea and the U.S. discussed ways to enhance interoperability between their countries’ ballistic missile defense systems and their capabilities to counter North Korea’ evolving security threats, Seoul’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday.South Korea’s JCS C...

Updated : 2015.03.27 19:47

S. Korea, U.S. kick off large-scale maritime drill

South Korea and the United States launched a large-scale joint maritime field training exercise on Friday to strengthen interoperability in amphibious operations between the allies' forces, the Navy here said Friday.The five-day war game in South Korea's southern port city of Pohang is par...

Updated : 2015.03.27 10:35

President marks sinking of Cheonan with warning against N.K. provocations

President Park Geun-hye on Thursday called on Pyongyang to renounce “reckless” provocations and nuclear ambitions, urging it to pursue “genuine change” and end its international isolation. Speakin...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:41

U.S. military chief’s Seoul visit fuels THAAD speculation

U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey arrived in Seoul on Thursday, drawing keen attention to whether he will initiate consultations with South Korean officials on deploying an advanced m...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:35

Military uniforms to display national flag

In a move to boost Korean soldiers’ sense of honor and duty, all military uniforms will display the Korean national flag within this year, the Ministry of Defense said Thursday.“We came up with the measure to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Korea’s independence and to encourage mili...

Updated : 2015.03.26 20:34

S. Korea boosts defense posture after warship sinking

"Remember the warship Cheonan!"Under the simple but desperate slogan, the South Korean Navy has significantly bolstered its underwater capabilities and combat readiness since North Korea's deadly sinking of the corvette five years ago. On March 26, 2010, the 1,200-ton warship sank while on...

Updated : 2015.03.26 09:38

[Newsmaker] Navy beset by corruption

The South Korean Navy is faltering under a string of corruption and sexual scandals involving former and current senior officials, triggering public criticism and calls for sweeping reform amid North ...

Updated : 2015.03.25 19:19

Army to deploy new MLRS this year

The South Korean military is expected to deploy an advanced multiple launch rocket system to some of the Army’s frontline units from the latter half of the year, amid North Korea’s continued artille...

Updated : 2015.03.24 19:17

Defense bolstered five years after Cheonan sinking

Five years after North Korea’s torpedo attack on the corvette Cheonan, the South Korean Navy has expressed full confidence in its enhanced capabilities to counter another provocation by the communist...

Updated : 2015.03.22 18:42

U.S. to increase multi-rocket system troops in S. Korea

The United States plans to send an additional multiple launch rocket system battalion to South Korea in May to better deter North Korea's artillery threats, U.S. Forces Korea said Saturday.The U.S. secretary of defense "approved the nine-month rotation of a Multiple Launch Rocket System (M...

Updated : 2015.03.21 10:34

Minesweepers' deployment faces delay due to faulty parts

South Korea's deployment of minesweepers is expected to be delayed by at least a year as their key parts fail to meet the military's requirements, the procurement agency said Friday.  Under the 489.2 billion won ($435.6 million) project launched in 2010, South Korea has been pushing to a...

Updated : 2015.03.20 16:37

Top U.S. military officer to visit S. Korea next week

The top U.S. military officer will visit South Korea next week for talks with his counterpart on boosting the bilateral alliance, Seoul officials said Friday, amid keen attention on whether the two will discuss the possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile-defense system here.    ...

Updated : 2015.03.20 11:43

U.S. commander says he believes N. Korea already miniaturized some nuclear weapons

The United States believes North Korea has already succeeded in making some nuclear weapons small enough to fit atop missiles, a top American military official said Thursday.  "We know North Korea's ambitions in terms of their demonstrated cyber, their ambitions for nuclear weapons, the ...

Updated : 2015.03.20 09:11

USFK commander calls for 'layered' missile defense capability

South Korea and the U.S. should build a "layered" ballistic missile defense capability, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea said, in what could be seen as a call for deploying the THAAD system designed to intercept incoming missiles at high altitudes.  Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti made the rem...

Updated : 2015.03.20 09:07

THAAD ruckus reveals Cold War mentality

The heated debate over the possible deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense battery to the peninsula is spawning concerns that the Cold War-era mentality still lives on here and will complicate Seoul’s strategic approaches to security issues.Since the issue surrounding the Terminal...

Updated : 2015.03.19 20:20