Category: Southeast ASIA

After Sanctions Vote, 2 Koreas Ratchet Up Attack Threats


  SEOUL, South Korea — Angrily responding to the United Nations Security Council’s unanimous decision to impose tightened sanctions, North Korea said on Friday that it was nullifying all nonaggression agreements with South Korea, with one of its top generals claiming that his country had nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles ready to blast off. Matching the

Kim Jong Un Named Marshal of North Korea


North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been awarded the title of marshal, formally becoming the country's top military leader. State media announced the move in a brief special message Wednesday. It comes after a shakeup of the military's leadership this week, which included the departure of Ri Yong Ho, North Korea's top military figure

US Commander Warns of Growing North Korean Threat


The top commander of U.S. forces in South Korea says he is concerned about North Korea's growing capability to carry out attacks through nonconventional means, such as cyber warfare and chemical weapons. Speaking to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, General James Thurman said North Korea's advances in computer hacking and biological weapons, combined

North, South Korea exchange fire along disputed maritime border


TOKYO — South Korea’s defense ministry said that North Korea first fired three shots toward the so-called Northern Limit Line (NLL) border. One hour later, after sending a warning broadcast to the North, South Korean naval forces returned with three shots of their own. At least one of the North’s shots, according to preliminary findings,

Unwanted Missiles for a Korean Island


SEOUL — Gangjeong, a small fishing and farming village on Jeju Island 50 miles south of the Korean peninsula, is a pristine Unesco-designated ecological reserve where elderly Korean women sea divers, haenyo, still forage for seafood. It is also the site of a fierce resistance movement by villagers who oppose the construction of a South

Taiwan ‘should boost defences against China spies’

TAIPEI — President Ma Ying-jeou said Taiwan should strengthen its defences against Chinese espionage, following a string of spy scandals showing that intelligence gathering continues despite warming ties. Taiwan needs to "actively prevent" any leak of secrets to China and must counter infiltration attempts by beefing up its counter-intelligence, Ma said in a statement issued

Prosecution detains five S. Koreans on espionage charges


  Korea's prosecution said Friday that it detained five South Koreans on charges of spying for North Korea by forming an underground anti-state organization. The Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office said five locals were imprisoned on suspicions of violating the country's national security law as they allegedly set up an anti-state organization, ordered by North

North Korea Seen Conducting Large-Scale Military Drill Soon

Reports from South Korea indicate a large-scale military exercise by North Korea appears to be imminent. South Korean government sources say, based on information from intelligence teams, North Korea appears poised for a rare, large-scale military drill. Government officials, who do not want to be named, say they are “observing closely” North Korean positions. But

Japan, South Korea At Odds Again Over Territorial Dispute

South Korean government officials say they will react with unspecified but various “countermeasures” if a group of conservative Japanese lawmakers attempts to visit an island off the eastern Korean coast at the beginning of next month. Korea’s Special Affairs Minister, Lee Jae-oh, posted a notice on the Twitter messaging service vowing to block any Japanese

South China Sea Dispute High Priority for ASEAN

Foreign ministers and other officials from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are meeting this week in Bali where they are expected to focus on the dispute between China and some ASEAN members about rights to vast oil and gas reserves in the South China sea.–125737213.html