- Opposition party calls for strengthening alliance with US to prevent war with NK
NATIONALYoo Seong-min, leader of the minor opposition Bareun Party(Yonhap)South Korea should further strengthen the alliance with the United States and put greater pressure on North Korea if it wants to prevent US President Donald Trump from going to war with the communist nation, an opposition party leader said Thursday.Rep. "Victor Cha's withdrawal is an incident that presages how the Trump administration will respond to North Korea's nuclear and missile (threats)," Yoo said. "If President Trump disapproved of even Victor Cha, who has been known as a hawk, we have to think seriously about its meaning. "The only way to prevent a US-started war is persuasion through the Korea-US alliance and sanctions and pressure against the North," he said. "If the government of President Moon Jae-in fails to do this, we would be faced with a new 'Korea passing' where the US bypasses South Korea and launches an attack on the North.
- Seoul, Jakarta Affirm Cooperation on Fighter Jet, Submarine Development
South Korea and Indonesia have renewed a commitment to joint development of 4.5 generation jet fighters and submarines despite concerns about the Indonesian government’s ability to fund the programs. In exchange for helping defray some of the costs Jakarta will receive some of the technical data developments resulting from the program. In addition, they agreed to explore ways to strengthen defense industry cooperation in various fields, including [Jakarta's] next submarine acquisition program," the South Korean Defense Ministry said in a Wednesday statement. © AP Photo/ Ahn Young-joon South Korean Arms Sales Jump as Perceived Threats GrowSouth Korean arms exports have surged as the country's defense industrial base has expanded in the face of a potential confrontation with the North Korean military. The Indonesian military also purchased South Korea's T-50 supersonic trainer jets in a separate deal signed last August, UPI reported.
- North Korea is barely wired, so how did it become a global hacking power?
WASHINGTON — North Korea is one of the least wired nations on Earth. So an enigma of modern times is how North Korea has become a global hacking power, one that is destructive, intrusive, larcenous and surprisingly muscular. Even after North Korean hackers penetrated Sony Pictures Entertainment in 2014, they still got only grudging respect. September 2017: North Korean hackers probe networks of U.S. electric utilities, FireEye says. January 2018: Ontario blames North Korea for hacking its Metrolinx rail system but provides no conclusive evidence.
- Trump calls N. Korean leadership 'depraved'; nuke missile threat to US looms 'very soon'
"North Korea's reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland," Trump said. But he offered no new prescription or specifics on how he intended to rein in North Korea. Air Force General Paul Selva also said he was confident that if required the United States would be able to destroy "most" of North Korea's nuclear missile infrastructure. In November, North Korea said it had successfully tested a new type of ICBM that could reach all of the U.S. mainland. But he insisted that "no regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea."
- President Trump talked tough on North Korea in the State of the Union. Here’s where things stand.
Of course, the risk of war with North Korea is not zero, and Trump may yet be the driver of it. Since then, renewed diplomacy and small signs of cooperation between North and South Korea — particularly over the upcoming Winter Olympics — suggest that South Korea may be taking matters into its own hands. In the case of North Korea, the United States is confronting a state determined to develop an advanced nuclear missile capability. But North Korea still shares a border with China and faces a formidable foe in the United States. The president’s threats have effects not only on North Korea, but also on U.S. allies like South Korea.
- Ten NK athletes to come to S. Korea via air
NATIONALNorth Korean figure skating duo Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik took bronze at the 2018 Four Continents championships in Taipei, Taiwan on Jan. 26. (AP-Yonhap)A chartered Asiana Airlines flight carrying a 45-member South Korean delegation leaves for an airfield near North Korea`s Masikryong Ski Resort on Wednesday. They are to stay at Gangneung Olympic Village, in the subhost city of Gangneung, Gangwon Province, throughout the Winter Games period.The North Koreans will cross the border after joining a 45-member South Korean delegation that embarked on a two-day trip to North Korea at 10:43 a.m. via a chartered flight from Yangyang International Airport, Gangwon Province. Although Asiana Airlines was not directly mentioned in the statement, the ministry gave reassurances that the US sanctions would not negatively affect “the South Korean corporation” involved in the matter.Critics also raised concerns about using the North’s luxury ski resort as venue for the event. North Korea has showcased its ballistic missiles on previous occasions.By Jung Min-kyung & Joint Press Corps ( firstname.lastname@example.org
- Olympics: South Korean skiers in rare flight to North
SEOUL: A group of South Korean skiers flew to North Korea on Wednesday (Jan 31) ahead of the Winter Olympics to train with their rivals, on a rare direct flight between the neighbours after Washington exempted it from sanctions. The South Korean group flew to Kalma airport in Wonsan, on the North's east coast, on board a chartered Asiana Airlines plane. The South Koreans are due to return by the same route on Thursday, accompanied by North Korean athletes who will take part in the Games. Last week 12 North Korean women ice hockey players arrived in the South to form a unified Korean team, the first to compete internationally for 27 years. At rare high-level talks with the South last month, North Korea agreed to send athletes, supporters, an art troupe and observers to the Games, easing concerns over safety.
- S. Korean skiers arrive in NK for joint practice
NATIONALSouth Korean skiers wave on a plane bound for North Korea on Wednesday. They are to participate in a joint ski training at the North’s Masikryong Ski Resort. (Joint Press Corps.-Yonhap)The two Koreas’ joint ski training kicked off Wednesday, amid brewing controversy over a possible violation of sanctions on North Korea.A 45-member South Korean delegation embarked on a two-day trip to North Korea at 10:43 a.m. via a chartered flight from Yangyang International Airport, Gangwon Province, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry. Although Asiana Airline was not directly mentioned in the statement, the ministry gave reassurances that the US sanctions would not negatively affect “the South Korean corporation” involved in the matter.The same aircraft will be used to carry North Korean skiers to the Winter Games on its return flight.Critics also raised concerns about using the North’s luxury ski resort as venue for the event. North Korea has showcased its ballistic missiles on previous occasions.By Jung Min-kyung & Joint Press Corp. ( email@example.com