Tag: South Korea

South Korea Warns of Islamic State Threat Against US Bases

South Korea is taking increased security measures to prevent a potential attack from the Islamic State (IS), after the country’s intelligence agency warned that the terrorist group may be targeting both U.S. military installations and civilians on the Korean peninsula.   The South Korean National Intelligence Service (NIS) Sunday said that IS released a list […]

South Korea sends military boats to repel Chinese fishermen

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea sent military vessels to repel Chinese fishing boats that were illegally harvesting prized blue crabs near the disputed sea boundary between the Koreas before the fishermen retreated Friday, South Korean officials said.   Four naval and marine boats entered neutral waters around South Korea’s Ganghwa island to chase […]

North Korea’s Test Launch of Musudan Missile Ends in Failure:

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea’s test launch of a mid-range missile failed early Tuesday, South Korean defense officials said.   The intermediate-range Musudan missile exploded at a mobile launch pad as soon as the button was pressed, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported without citing a source.   South Korea’s defense ministry confirmed it […]

S. Korea, US hold defense talks to cope with N. Korea threats

Senior defense and foreign policy officials of South Korea and the United States held talks in Washington on Monday as the two allies seek to cope better with growing nuclear and missile threats from North Korea.   The Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialogue brought together Deputy Defense Minister Yoo Jeh-seung and Assistant Secretary of Defense David […]

North Korea could be preparing for fifth nuclear test, South Korea’s Park warns

TOKYO — North Korea appears to be preparing to conduct another nuclear test, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday, citing signs of increased movement near the North’s nuclear test site.   With a much-hyped congress of the communist Workers’ Party to be held early next month, Kim Jong Un appears to be trying to […]

South Korea Says North Has Capacity to Put Nuclear Warhead on a Missile

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has determined that North Korea is capable of mounting a nuclear warhead on its medium-range Rodong ballistic missile, which could reach all of South Korea and most of Japan, a senior government official said on Tuesday.   The government’s assessment, shared in a background briefing with foreign news media […]

North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile in New Show of Force

Defying the United Nations, North Korea on Friday launched one and possibly two ballistic missiles, South Korean military officials said.   A launch occurred at 5:55 a.m. Seoul time (4:55 p.m. Thursday ET) and the missile flew 800 km, or nearly 500 miles, a South Korean military official said.   Radar captured a another image […]

South Korea Accuses North of Hacking Senior Officials’ Phones

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s main spy agency on Tuesday accused North Korea of hacking the smartphones of dozens of senior government officials here, saying that Pyongyang had stolen their text messages, contact information and voice conversations.   The agency, the National Intelligence Service, has said that South Korea faces a growing threat of […]

N. Korea threatens pre-emptive nuclear strike on South, US

North Korea threatened “indiscriminate” nuclear strikes against South Korea and the US mainland, as the two allies prepared to kick off large-scale joint military drills on Monday.     It came just days after leader Kim Jong-Un ordered the country’s nuclear arsenal to be placed on standby for use “at any moment,” in response to […]

North Korea ‘fires missiles’ into sea hours after UN vote

North Korea has fired six short-range projectiles into the sea, South Korea’s defence ministry has said, hours after the UN imposed tough new sanctions. A South Korean spokesman told the Yonhap news agency the projectiles were fired at about 10:00 local time (01:00 GMT) from Wonsan on the east coast. They were either rockets or […]