MOFA to visit Iran for first time in 14 years

With the recent concerns on nK nuclear tests and the nuclear negotiations between the US and Iran, ROK MOFA Yun Byung-se will visit Tehran, Iran on November 7. He will meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and hold talks with Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is known to have played a Read more about MOFA to visit Iran for first time in 14 years[…]

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[…]

Signs of new mine construction detected near nK nuclear test site

Construction of a new mine for nuclear tests have been detected at the nK Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site, raising the possibility of preparations for nK nuclear tests. The intelligence community is focusing on this new nuclear test mine because the construction is taking place despite the existing two mines where nuclear tests can be held Read more about Signs of new mine construction detected near nK nuclear test site[…]

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[…]

NIS states that nK is preparing nuclear tests, although not immediate

NIS has stated during the National Assembly Inspection of State Affairs that nK is currently preparing its fourth nuclear test, based on HUMINT and TECHINT on the Yongbyon nuclear reactors. However, NIS revealed that although there is progress in preparations, the tests do not seem immediate. In addition, NIS also revealed that the nuclear backpacks Read more about NIS states that nK is preparing nuclear tests, although not immediate[…]

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[…]

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[…]

nK to possess enough fissile material to make 22 nuclear weapons

According to a report from the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), nK possesses enough Plutonium and weapon-grade Uranium to produce up to 22 nuclear weapons. The report, which is on nK stocks of fissile material, determines nK to have about 30 kg of Plutonium and weapon-grade Uranium production of up to 240 kg Read more about nK to possess enough fissile material to make 22 nuclear weapons[…]

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[…]

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[…]