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presstv-us secretly sending arms to south korea: report

The US has been secretly moving strategic weapons to South Korea in order to threaten North Korea, a US military official says, noting that Washington has taken a more aggressive approach towards Pyongyang under President Donald Trump“Surprise dispatch of strategic weapons is effective in maximizing fear in the North as it sends a message that such weapons can be mobilized any time in case of a contingency," the unnamed official was quoted as saying by The Korea Times on Sunday.The comments came days after Washington belatedly confirmed that it had deployed a number of F-35B stealth fighter jets to the restive peninsula. The aircraft were originally sent to Japan.The advanced fighter jets reportedly took part in the US-South Korea annual joint military exercise Foal Eagle, where they simul

presstv-us missile system arrives in south korea amid controversy

Frank SmithPress TV, SeoulComponents of a controversial advanced US missile system have arrived in South Korea amid opposition within South Korea as well as neighboring countries, especially China. The United States is seeking to deploy the system even as South Korea is in the midst of a political scandal, with parts of the batteries arriving sooner than expected.

presstv-us says all options on table on north korea

Frank SmithPress TV, SeoulThe US secretary of state says all options are on the table regarding Washington's policy toward North Korea. Rex Tillerson, who is on an official visit to South Korea, has also defended the deployment of a controversial US missile system, known as THAAD, in the East Asian country. Press TV correspondent Frank Smith files this report from the South Korean capital Seoul.

presstv-north korea tests missiles, south korea calls for us missile deployment

Frank SmithPress TV, SeoulNorth Korea has reportedly fired four ballistic missiles as the US and South Korea engage in large-scale military drills. Responding to the North Korean launches, the acting president of South Korea has called for the deployment of a controversial US missile system to the country. Press TV correspondent Frank Smith reports from Seoul.

presstv-seoul offering north korean defectors $860k

South Korea has quadrupled its reward for North Korean defectors who have secret information about their reclusive home country.Seoul used to pay informants from the North $217,000, but according to the Yonhap news agency on Sunday, it has increased the amount to up to $860,000.The amount will be given to “people who provide intelligence and knowledge that can enhance South Korea’s security” said the report.It added that the actual sum paid will be determined based on the importance of the intelligence. It noted that a different amount will be given to soldiers from the North who defect with their weapons.The report said the increased cash amount is aimed at encouraging members of Pyongyang’s elite to defect.“One of the biggest reasons why North Koreans are hesitant about defecting is beca

presstv-russia slams us missile deployment in s korea

Russia says the recent deployment of a US missile system in South Korea threatens regional stability and provokes an arms race.The Russian Foreign Ministry on Thursday warned that the installment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea would have “the most serious negative consequences.”“Such a development is fraught with the most serious negative consequences for international and regional strategic stability,” the ministry said in a statement.A THAAD interceptor is launched during a test in this undated handout photo provided by the US Department of Defense. (Via Reuters)“In the Asia-Pacific region, where an uneasy security situation already exists, a new, destructive factor has emerged that can further complicate the nuclear question and other problems o

presstv-iranians celebrate nowruz in south korea

Frank SmithPress TV, SeoulIranians in South Korea have celebrated the Persian New Year known as Nowruz. As Press TV’s Frank Smith reports from Seoul, the celebrations have also provided an opportunity for the Iranians there to share their rich culture with South Koreans.

presstv-us-south korea drills increase regional tension

Frank SmithPress TV, SeoulThe annual joint US-South Korean military exercises have long been described as the main cause of tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Some South Koreans are also demanding the suspension of what they call provocative drills. Despite the North Korea warning that it would respond mercilessly if its sovereignty is violated, the American aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson has now joined the drills.

chinese businesses and consumers hit back against thaad

Chinese businesses and consumers are boycotting South Korean products, and even refusing South Korean customers, in protest of the South's military agreement to use the THAAD defence system. The suburb of Wangjing in northeast Beijing is known as 'Little South Korea' but while many South Koreans live here, they are not always welcome. For months restaurant manager Zhi Xin Zhong hung a sign in his establishment's front window saying "we do not serve South Koreans.""The reason we're not hosting South Korean people is because of the THAAD missile system, which is hurting China and therefore each staff member who works here," Mr Zhi said.Complaints forced him to take the sign down, but the manager's policy hasn't changed. Across the street banners advertising another restaurant have been alter

u.n. security council condemns north korea missile launches

(UNITED NATIONS) - The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday condemned North Korea's recent ballistic missile launches and expressed concern over the country's increasingly destabilizing behavior and defiance of the 15-member body.Pyongyang fired four ballistic missiles into the sea off Japan's northwest coast on Monday, angering South Korea and Japan, days after it promised retaliation over U.S.-South Korea military drills it sees as preparation for war.The Security Council is due to meet behind closed doors on Wednesday to be briefed on the missile launches.In a statement on Tuesday, the council deplored the missile launches, saying that "such activities contribute to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tension in

presstv-n korea vows preemptive strike on south, us

North Korea has condemned a joint military drill between South Korea and the United States and threatened a preemptive strike.South Korean and US troops began large-scale war games on March 1 conducted annually with the participation of American warships and reconnaissance aircraft.Earlier this month, USS Carl Vinson joined the drill. South Korean officials say US special troops are also set to take part in the joint exercises."As long as the US and South Korea's troops and means … remain in and around South Korea, they should keep in mind that our military will carry out annihilating attack at anytime without any prior warning," a statement read on North Korean broadcaster KCTV said on Sunday.   The war games called Foal Eagle will be continued until the end of April. Last year, it involv

south korea: park geun-hye is officially out. what's next?

(SEOUL) — With South Korea's Constitutional Court stripping President Park Geun-hye of power, the country slips into a political whirlwind building up to a presidential election likely in early May.Here's a look at possible scenarios in the frantic weeks ahead and some of the potential presidential contenders vying for the presidential Blue House:Into the FireWith Park now formally unseated, the country, by law, must hold a presidential by-election within 60 days. This means the vote will likely take place on May 9.The winner of the election will be immediately sworn in as the country's leader, according to South Korea's National Election Commission.Without the luxury of having a presidential transition committee, the new president will have to rely on Park's presidential aides and Cabinet

south korea: park geun-hye is officially out. what's next?

(SEOUL) — With South Korea's Constitutional Court stripping President Park Geun-hye of power, the country slips into a political whirlwind building up to a presidential election likely in early May.Here's a look at possible scenarios in the frantic weeks ahead and some of the potential presidential contenders vying for the presidential Blue House:Into the FireWith Park now formally unseated, the country, by law, must hold a presidential by-election within 60 days. This means the vote will likely take place on May 9.The winner of the election will be immediately sworn in as the country's leader, according to South Korea's National Election Commission.Without the luxury of having a presidential transition committee, the new president will have to rely on Park's presidential aides and Cabinet

presstv-tillerson starts asia tour amid n korea tensions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has set out on a three-leg tour to Asia as the new top US diplomat amid tensions over North Korea's missile launches and nuclear tests. Tillerson started his six-day sweep on Wednesday in Japan and he will move on to South Korea, and later, end his tour in China.Analysts says the perceived threat from by North Korea, which is in part triggered by US military provocations and is driving the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia towards war, will be on top of the former oil executive’s agenda.South Korea and Japan, which jointly host 77,000 US troops, are concerned about whether the Trump administration is committed to the countries’ alliance.North Korea, which is equipped with nuclear ballistic missiles, has warned Washington of retaliatory attacks if the US N

presstv-n korea sanctions sabotage humanitarian aid: un

The United Nations has warned that sanctions against North Korea are taking a serious toll on humanitarian aid activities in the country, where millions of women and children are reliant on donations.A report by Tapan Mishra, the UN’s senior resident official in Pyongyang, says the bans slapped on the North over its nuclear and missile activities are causing a “radical decline” in donations among the needy in the Asian state.Such donations, the report said, are badly needed by “18 million people, or 70 percent of the population, including 1.3 million children under five.”North Korea has been the target of a broad array of tough sanctions by the US and the UN Security Council over its nuclear and missile tests.Pyongyang says its missile and nuclear program are part of its self-defense measu

presstv-us deploying attack drone system in south korea

The US military is moving to permanently deploy an attack drone system at an air base in South Korea, which could target North Korean military installations.The US Forces Korea announced Monday that a Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems will be stationed at Kunsan air base south of Seoul."The US Army, after coordination with the Republic of Korea Armed Forces and the US Air Force, has begun the process to permanently station a Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) company at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea," it said in a statement.The deployment is part of a broader plan to reinforce each Army division in South Korea with one Gray Eagle company.“The [unmanned aerial system] adds significant intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability to US Forces Korea and our [South Kore

presstv-‘n korea missile test response to us drills’

Military exercises by the United States and South Korea rehearsing the invasion of North Korea are what provoke Pyongyang to develop its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, says Ryan Dawson, a human rights activist from Osaka, Japan. “The North Koreans have shot ballistic missiles in response to the war games exercise by the United States and South Korea,” Dawson told Press TV on Wednesday.“This is a cyclical event. This has happened before every time the US and South Korea spend tens of millions of dollars at mock invasions of North Korea and then when North Korea reacts, the news likes to start story in the middle and act like North Korea has been belligerent without pointing out the exercises conducted by the United States and South Koreans,” he argued.Washington and Seoul launched

presstv-'north korea's new missile launch fails'

South Korea says the North has attempted to launch another missile, but the test appears to have ended in a failure.Seoul’s Defense Ministry said in a statement that Pyongyang fired a missile from the eastern coastal town of Wonsan on Wednesday.“South Korea and the United States are aware of the North Korean missile launch and suspect it was a failure," said a spokesman for Seoul’s military.The report did not give the number of the missiles put to test or their type.A spokesman for US Pacific Command, Commander Dave Benham, also said that they detected “a failed North Korean missile launch attempt... in the vicinity of Kalma.”“A missile appears to have exploded within seconds of launch,” Benham added.Kyodo News also quoted a source in the Tokyo government as saying that the North may have

south korea: ousted president defies corruption claims

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye smiles as she is greeted by supporters upon her arrival at her private home in Seoul, South Korea, on March 12, 2017.  Ahn Young-joon—APSEOUL, South Korea — Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Sunday expressed defiance toward the corruption allegations against her as she vacated the presidential palace and returned to her home two days after the Constitutional Court removed her from office.In her first public comments since the court's ruling, Park said in statement, "Although it will take time, I believe the truth will certainly come out."Park will likely face a direct investigation soon by prosecutors who already consider her a criminal suspect over suspicions that she colluded with a confidante to extort money and favors from compan

presstv-top us diplomat in china amid rising tensions

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is visiting China amid new tensions between the two powers over a series of issues, including North Korea and Washington’s deployment of the THAAD missile system to South Korea.The official visit by Tillerson, who arrived in Beijing on Saturday, comes as Beijing is angry at repeated US demands to use its influence on North Korea and prevent its nuclear and missile tests.Beijing is also at odds with Washington over its deployment of the sophisticated THAAD missile system in South Korea in defiance of China’s warnings that such a move would deteriorate the situation on the restive Korean Peninsula. China also views the deployment as a threat to its national security.Read more:Tillerson delivered the Trump administration’s harshest warning yet to North Kore

presstv-impeachment trial of s korea’s park ends, verdict looming

Frank SmithPress TV, SeoulThe impeachment trial of suspended South Korean President Park Geun-hye has wrapped up hearings at the country’s Constitutional Court. A verdict is now expected by March 13. Press TV’s Frank Smith is bringing us the latest from the crisis, which has hit South Korea’s politics for months. 

presstv-s korea complains to wto over china 'retaliation'

South Korea says it has complained to the World Trade Organization (WTO) about what it calls China's retaliation against South Korean companies over the deployment of a US missile system in the South."We have notified the WTO that China may be in violation of some trade agreements," Trade Minister Joo Hyung-hwan told parliament on Monday, in response to questions about China's reaction to the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system in South Korea.Joo said the issue was raised with the WTO's Council for Trade in Services on Friday after China imposed restrictions on South Korean companies in the tourism and distribution sectors.A trade ministry official, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the complaint could not be cate

presstv-south korea’s imports of iranian oil up 54%

The latest official figures show that South Korea’s imports of oil from Iran rose by about 54 percent in February from a year ago. South Korea’s customs data show that the country in February imported 1.63 million metric tons (MMt) of Iranian crude, or 427,800 barrels per day (bpd).The figure was significantly higher from 1.06 MMt a year ago and 1.79 MMt the previous month, Reuters reported. Figures also showed that the world's fifth-largest crude importer shipped in 3.43 MMt of Iranian crude, or 425,878 bpd, in the first two months of 2017.  This was up 78.2 percent from the 1.92 MMt imported during the same period a year ago.Meanwhile, South Korea's imports of oil from Saudi Arabia fell 3.1 percent to 3.61 MMt, or 944,793 bpd, last month from a year ago, Reuters added.The rise in Iran’s

presstv-north korea ‘tests new rocket engine’

The United States says North Korea has conducted a fresh rocket engine test, amid heightened tensions with regional and extra-regional countries.Western media on Monday quoted several US officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that the test took place on Friday night and the engine could possibly be used in an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).North Korea has not commented on the US announcement yet.The alleged rocket engine test followed a similar test earlier this month. If confirmed, it comes amid Pyongyang’s mounting worries over joint drills between its longtime adversaries South Korea and the US in the region.North Korean officials believe the drills are practice for a future invasion of their country, which is technically still at war with the South.North K

presstv-north korea says ready for war with us

North Korea has downplayed US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's warning of a possible military strike against the country, stressing its full readiness to respond to any war. The state-run television KRT on Tuesday cited the Foreign Ministry’s spokesman as saying that North Korea has the will and capability to fully respond to any war which the US wants."The nuclear force of (North Korea) is the treasured sword of justice and the most reliable war deterrence to defend the socialist motherland and the life of its people," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted the spokesman as saying.KCNA quoted the unidentified spokesman as saying the US should accept that North Korea is a nuclear-capable nation that "has the will and capability to fully respond to any war the US would like to ign

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