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U.S. calls for joint int'l efforts to stop N.K. nukes

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Saturday stressed the need to maintain the current multilateral and diplomatic approach to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear ambitions."North Korea remains a troubling and provocative exception to the general rule in this (Asia-Pacific) reg...

Updated : 2015.05.30 12:11

Seoul, Washington kick off joint committee over anthrax mishap

South Korea and the United States have kicked off a joint committee to look into the incident involving a live anthrax sample that was mistakenly sent to an American military base in South Korea from the U.S., a diplomatic source said Friday.   U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) said Thursday that...

Updated : 2015.05.29 20:37

Civic groups demand U.S. apology for anthrax delivery

A group of some 50 civic groups on Friday called on the U.S. to thoroughly investigate its military’s recent accidental shipment of live anthrax bacteria to a U.S. Forces Korea lab and to apologize and take measures to prevent a recurrence.The group including the Green Korea and Catholic ...

Updated : 2015.05.29 19:06

N. Korea 'exaggerating' sub missile, nuclear claims: ex-U.S. intelligence chief

North Korea is likely to be "exaggerating" claims that it successfully test-launched a ballistic missile from a submarine and miniaturized a nuclear warhead, a former U.S. intelligence chief said Friday. Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence, also slammed North Korean lead...

Updated : 2015.05.29 11:09

Safety problems plague reserve force system

Reservist Lee Soo-yul, 28, was subject to reserve forces training on May 18, five days after the deadly shooting that killed three reservists.“I was nervous,” said Lee. “But I was able to get throu...

Updated : 2015.05.27 21:11

Park, Obama unlikely to discuss THAAD at next month's summit: Russel

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama are not expected to discuss the THAAD missile defense system when they hold a summit in Washington next month, a senior American official said Thursday.  Assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and Pacific Affairs Da...

Updated : 2015.05.22 09:26

Air Force chief receives "stern warning" over misconduct

The Air Force chief has received "a stern warning" from the Defense Ministry for misconduct and negligence of duty involving budget use, officials said Thursday.  Gen. Choi Cha-kyu, Air Force chief of staff, had been under audit after suspicions mounted over his alleged misuse of public ...

Updated : 2015.05.21 17:13

S. Korean lawmakers differ over THAAD introduction

Controversy has been rekindled here over the deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense in South Korea as U.S. officials have openly raised the sensitive issue.   Washington has expressed its willingness to deploy a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery on the Korean Peninsula,...

Updated : 2015.05.21 16:42

S. Korea, U.S. to launch joint military division

South Korea and the United States will put a landmark combined division in operation next month to bolster combat readiness against North Korean threats, the U.S. military said Thursday.  Last year, the allies agreed to establish the combined wartime division of their troops to enhance a...

Updated : 2015.05.21 12:00

Kerry's remark about THAAD meant 'internal U.S. discussions': State Department

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was referring to "internal U.S. discussions" when he said during a visit to South Korea earlier this week that talks are under way about the THAAD missile defense system, his department said Wednesday.  Kerry made the remark during a meeting Monday with...

Updated : 2015.05.21 09:52

Seoul seen displeased by U.S.’ THAAD talk

South Korea said Wednesday it would make an “independent decision” over the U.S. potential deployment of an advanced missile defense asset to Korea, based on its calculation of security interests and the system’s military efficacy.The statement was seen to reflect a subtle change in Seo...

Updated : 2015.05.20 19:12

S. Korea, Japan to hold first defense ministers' talks in 4 yrs

South Korean and Japanese defense chiefs are expected to hold bilateral talks later this month for the first time in four years despite soured ties over historical rows, government sources here said Tuesday.Defense Minister Han Min-koo plans to meet with his Japanese counterpart Gen Nakata...

Updated : 2015.05.19 20:30

S. Korea reviews THAAD effectiveness: Seoul official

South Korea has been reviewing whether a U.S. advanced missile-defense system will help boost its defense capabilities against North Korea, a government official said Tuesday.   The possible deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery on Korean soil has drawn keen atten...

Updated : 2015.05.19 17:32

Navy launches live-fire drill in East Sea against N.K. provocations

The Navy launched a firing drill in the East Sea Tuesday to boost its capabilities against possible provocations by North Korea, the Navy said.  The drill, which involved firing ship-to-ship guided missiles, along with the tactical training, "is meant to boost and check our capabilities ...

Updated : 2015.05.19 10:56

S. Korea stages military drill to defend Dokdo

South Korea is conducting a military drill to defend its easternmost islets of Dokdo amid Japan's renewed claims to the territory, military officers said Friday. The Navy, jointly with the Coast Guard, "are carrying out the two-day drill from yesterday on and around the rocky outcroppings ...

Updated : 2015.05.15 13:29