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S. Korea, U.S. to hold joint bio-defense drill next week

South Korea and the United States plan to conduct a joint drill next week on countering possible biological attacks on the Korean Peninsula, the Defense Ministry said Thursday.  The exercise, titled "Able Response 15," will take place from Monday to Wednesday at the state-run Korea Insti...

Updated : 2015.09.03 10:22

Court rules against release of U.S. forces crime data

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government does not have to unveil the information of cases involving U.S. soldiers if it has relinquished its right to exercise jurisdiction over them under the South Korea-U.S. Status of Forces Agreement, upending the original judgment. Under SOFA,...

Updated : 2015.09.01 18:05

Military deserters down 40% in three years

The number of South Korean servicemen who deserted from the military has steadily declined by more than 40 percent over the past three years, a report said Monday, reflecting ongoing efforts to improv...

Updated : 2015.08.31 16:45

S. Korea resumes search for remains of war dead

South Korea's military launched another round of massive excavation work Monday in search of remains of soldiers killed during the 1950-53 Korean War.  More than 40,000 troops from 14 units will be mobilized for the months-long project, a team in charge of the operation at the Defense Mi...

Updated : 2015.08.31 11:32

S. Korea, U.S. flaunt combined artillery power in

South Korea and the United States performed a joint war simulation on Friday involving live-fire bombings and flights of combat jets in the latest show of joint force against North Korea.The allies mobilized the biggest-ever number of troops, artillery pieces and military vehicles for this...

Updated : 2015.08.28 21:08

War plan upgrade reflects N.K. WMD threats, U.S. military shifts

The new wartime contingency plan of South Korea and the U.S. is presumed to address the growing concerns over North Korea’s evolving weapons of mass destruction and likely to reflect changes in the U...

Updated : 2015.08.27 20:54

New war plan to pave way for preemptive strike on N.K.

South Korea and the U.S. have forged an upgraded operational plan that will pave the way for a preemptive strike such as in a contingency case involving the use of weapons of mass destruction, military sources said Thursday. The OPLAN 5015 was formulated last June to replace OPLAN 5027 by ...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:40

[Newsmaker] War plan upgrade reflects NK WMD threats

 The new wartime contingency plan of South Korea and the U.S. is presumed to address the growing concerns over North Korea’s evolving weapons of mass destruction and likely to reflect changes in the...

Updated : 2015.08.27 17:19

S. Korea, U.S. sign upgraded war plan focused on dismantling N. Korean WMDs

South Korea and the United States have signed an upgraded operational plan that puts a fresh focus on removing North Korea's weapons of mass destruction, a military official said Thursday.In June, the allies signed OPLAN 2015, which will be put into action in case a war breaks out on the K...

Updated : 2015.08.27 12:40

S. Korea to hike military budget to boost readiness

South Korea will sharply increase its military budget for 2016 to enhance the readiness of its armed forces against North Korean threats, the top economic policymaker said Thursday.In a meeting with lawmakers from the ruling Saenuri Party in Seoul, Finance Minister Choi Kyung-hwan said the...

Updated : 2015.08.27 09:27

Seoul to send military officials to Beijing parade

South Korea plans to dispatch senior military officials to China’s World War II anniversary parade next week despite lingering controversy over the two countries’ growing security cooperation, milit...

Updated : 2015.08.26 18:06

Soldier injured in DMZ mine blast

An Army staff sergeant was wounded in an explosion last weekend of a land mine presumed to have been buried by the South Korean military in the Demilitarized Zone, officials said Wednesday. The incide...

Updated : 2015.08.26 17:51

Soldier wounded by S. Korean land mine in DMZ

One staff sergeant has sustained a leg injury after a South Korean land mine exploded in the southern side of the Demilitarized Zone, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday.The mine exploded in the DMZ in the eastern border town of Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, around noon on Sunday as t...

Updated : 2015.08.26 15:32

S. Korean military relaxes top-level defense posture at border

The South Korean military Wednesday relaxed its highest-level combat readiness posture it had maintained at the border due to heightened tensions with North Korea, a military source said."The maximum alert order that had come down to the front-line military units is being downgraded," the ...

Updated : 2015.08.26 09:31

S. Korea to keep military readiness: Defense Ministry

South Korea said Tuesday it will continue maintaining its military readiness until North Korea normalizes its front-line defense level as it takes time for the North to pull back its forward-deployed troops.  Earlier Tuesday, after four days of intensive inter-Korean talks, North Korea ag...

Updated : 2015.08.25 11:49