nK declares no-fly and no-sail zone in East Sea

The military is on alert over the possibility of a nK missile launch, as nK has declared a no-fly and no-sail zone in the East Sea from November 11 to December 7. Government officials stated, “We are monitoring which missile type will be launched.” Last month, nK constructed an observatory dock for missile launches. In Read more about nK declares no-fly and no-sail zone in East Sea[…]

ROK-US SCM held in Seoul

ROK MND Han Min-koo and US SecDef Ashton Carter met in Seoul to hold the 47th SCM. The two defense chiefs have authorized the 4D operation concept (Detect, Disrupt, Destroy, Defense), strengthening the combined response against nK threats. During the joint press conference, the US SecDef also mentioned the issue of technology transfer, stating that Read more about ROK-US SCM held in Seoul[…]

ROK-US SCM to be held in Seoul on November 2

MND announced that ROK and US will be holding SCM in Seoul on November 2 to discuss nK threats and cooperation between the two nations. In addition, MND stated that deterrence plans against increasing missile threats such as SLBM and KN-08 missiles will be discussed as well. nK nuclear issues and the transfer of wartime Read more about ROK-US SCM to be held in Seoul on November 2[…]

ROK-Japan Defense Ministers to meet in Seoul on October 20

ROK MND Han Min-koo and Japanese Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani will be meeting in Seoul to hold talks on October 20. The two defense ministers will discuss the cooperation against nK nuclear and missile threats, the defense policies of the two nations, and further exchange and cooperation in defense issues. In addition, with the Read more about ROK-Japan Defense Ministers to meet in Seoul on October 20[…]

ROK-Japan Defense Minister talks to be held next week

Talks between Japanese Minister of Defense Gen Nakatani and ROK MND Han Min-koo are planned to be held next week upon the visit of the Japanese defense chief to ADEX 2015. This is the first ROK-Japan Defense Minister talks since January 2011, and the two are to discuss the security situation in the Korean Peninsula, Read more about ROK-Japan Defense Minister talks to be held next week[…]

MOFA states that nK requests for peace treaty is covered in September 19 Joint Statement of 2005 six-party talks

As nK has recently requested a peace treaty with the US upon the 70th anniversary of KWP foundation, blaming the US for the possibility of war, MOFA stated that this issue was already covered in the September 19 Joint Statement of 2005 from the six-party talks. The statement specifies the nuclear disarmament of nK and Read more about MOFA states that nK requests for peace treaty is covered in September 19 Joint Statement of 2005 six-party talks[…]

MOFA Yun Byung-se states that THAAD will not be discussed during ROK-US summit

During the National Assembly Inspection of State Affairs, MOFA Yun Byung-se stated to the Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee that THAAD will not be discussed during the ROK-US summit. With the Chinese government expressing concerns on the issue, questions on whether THAAD will be discussed were raised with recent nK threats. In addition, the minister Read more about MOFA Yun Byung-se states that THAAD will not be discussed during ROK-US summit[…]

Highly unlikely for nK missile launch on KWP Foundation day, with celebratory events to take place

With reports that nK is not conducting preparations required for the missile launch that has been speculated to take place around the KWP Foundation day, 38 North also confirmed this based on civilian satellite pictures of the Yunsong Missile and Space Test Complex (Dongchang-ri), finding a launch on October 10 practically impossible. The ROK Ministry Read more about Highly unlikely for nK missile launch on KWP Foundation day, with celebratory events to take place[…]

Ri Su-Yong, nK Minister of Foreign Affairs, states intentions of Pyongyang to conduct satellite launch

During a speech given at the UN General Assembly in New York, Ri Su-Yong, the nK Minister of Foreign Affairs, stated that the announced satellite launch, which is perceived as a ICBM launch by other nations, is for peaceful purposes and that it is a right of sovereign country. In addition, he stated that nK Read more about Ri Su-Yong, nK Minister of Foreign Affairs, states intentions of Pyongyang to conduct satellite launch[…]

MND states that no trains have been observed to approach Yunsong Missile and Space Test Complex in Dongchang-ri

MND has refuted a report from Japanese press that nK trains have been observed to approach Dongchang-ri, the location of the Yunsong Missile and Space Test Complex, stating that no such trains have been observed. Although MND considers it likely for nK to transport a missile assembled at the plants near Pyongyang via train to Read more about MND states that no trains have been observed to approach Yunsong Missile and Space Test Complex in Dongchang-ri[…]