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U.S. to modernize, strengthen military footprint in S. Korea: Carter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_JcN2ZD7RE

Oct 18, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has reiterated the importance of South Korea to Washington's security policy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Writing in the latest issue of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday,... Carter said the United States has plans to modernize its existing footprint in South Korea and in its other regional ally, Japan.

He said those capabilities include F-22 and F-35 stealth fighter jets, maritime patrol aircraft, B-2 bombers, and the newest surface warfare ships.

The U.S. defense chief also reiterated that Seoul and Washington have agreed to deploy the THAAD missile defense system to South Korea at the earliest possible date as part of efforts to defend against North Korean ballistic missiles.

He also touted the importance of trilateral cooperation between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan in coordinating responses to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile provocations.


S. Korean gov't, ruling party agree on necessity of completing missile defense systems https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq2LaedR4r4

Oct 18, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

The South Korean government and the ruling party have agreed to expedite the deployment of a three-pillar advanced weapons system by two to three years.

The two sides believe the step is necessary to bolster the nation's defense readiness in the face of growing threats from North Korea.

Park Ji-won reports.

The South Korean government and the ruling Saenuri Party have agreed to expedite the establishment of the nation's three-pronged defense system against North Korea's nuclear threats... by the early 2020s,... an advance from the current time frame of the mid-2020s.

The three elements of the defense system are the country's indigenous air and missile defense system, or KAMD,... the Kill Chain preemptive strike system... and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation action plan that would target the North Korean leadership, including its military headquarters, in the event of a nuclear attack.

The agreement was made at a meeting at the National Assembly on Tuesday morning,... which came together after North Korea's failed ballistic missile launch last weekend.

The talks were attended by Defense Minister Han Min-koo and other defense officials on the government side and floor leader Chung Jin-suk and chief policy maker Kim Gwang-lim for the ruling party.

The Saenuri Party also called on the government to acquire nuclear-powered submarines..

"The government should proactively examine acquiring nuclear-powered submarines... to protect the South from the North's SLBM threats.

The submarines will also be a great asset in the long-term to South Korea,... a country with three sides facing the sea."

The defense ministry officials said they would cautiously examine the request.

"The government and the ruling party also agreed to secure extra funds next year to counter the threats posed by North Korea's newly-developed multiple launch rocket systems and its ever-increasing cyber warfare capabilities.

Park Ji-won, Arirang News."


S. Korea considers plan to acquire nuclear-powered sub https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PY2mYfvtBU4

Oct 18, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

South Korea is also reviewing the idea of acquiring a nuclear-powered submarine...

But according to our Connie Kim... there are a few issues Seoul must tackle before it can green-light the plan.

The South Korean government has agreed to review the possibility of acquiring its own nuclear-powered submarine... in response to North Korea's successful launch this summer of a ballistic missile from a submarine.

The agreement was made Tuesday in a meeting between the government and ruling Saenuri Party.

The best way to respond to the North's threat... would be to have a nuclear-powered submarine that could monitor North Korea's submarine base... and launch a preemptive strike if necessary.

Military authorities say the two main challenges would be acquiring the technology and receiving consent from neighboring countries.

A nuclear-powered submarine requires uranium with enrichment levels ranging from between 20- and 90-percent.

Seoul does not have a uranium enrichment facility, but it could acquire uranium enriched to 20-percent from Washington under the South Korea-U.S. Atomic Energy Agreement sealed last year.

While the acquisition of uranium enriched to 90-perent would have to be further negotiated with Washington,… military experts say South Korea would first have to decide on the level of enriched uranium it would use for its submarine.

"With highly enriched uranium, there could be limitations imposed by the international community, as it could be used for nuclear weapons development.

But the complication with low-enriched uranium is the fuel rods must be changed every ten years."

However, the bigger concern is that opposition from China, Russia and even Japan could spark an arms race in the region.

Seoul is likely to consult with Washington on the matter when the defense chiefs from Seoul and Washington meet later this week.

Connie Kim, Arirang News.
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Re: U.S. to modernize, strengthen military footprint in S. Korea: Carter
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2016, 12:52:26 AM »
U.S. military officials call on next administration to face growing N. Korean threat https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5epw6Twl5Zk

Oct 24, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

Senior U.S. military officials have agreed that the next presidential administration in Washington, be it Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump,... should prioritize national security amid continual North Korean provocations.

Kim Hyun-bin reports.

The secretaries of the U.S. Army, Air Force and Navy have voiced their concerns about the increasing nuclear and missile threats posed by North Korea.

In an interview with the Center for a New American Security on Monday,... they emphasized the next U.S. president needs to ensure preparedness against those threats.

U.S. Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning, said Pyongyang is becoming increasingly threatening and unpredictable,... adding that Washington's ability to deal with any eventuality is a very important part of the calculus.

His counterpart from the Navy, Ray Mabus,... also called for solid preparedness,... stressing that North Korea is just one of many threats facing the United States,... and the next administration has to be ready to face them on day one.

He said the U.S. has already forward deployed troops in South Korea and Japan in case of a crisis.

Mabus said there are ground troops in South Korea and Japan and strategic military assets in the region, including an aircraft carrier and there are plans to deploy additional destroyers if need be.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James added that reviewing the United States' nuclear weapons in terms of status and when they could be used in the future, is another prime task for the next administration.

Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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S. Korea proposes military intelligence sharing deal to China & Japan
« Reply #2 on: October 28, 2016, 06:49:19 PM »
S. Korea proposes military intelligence sharing deal to China: source https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl7Y_pt34dc

Oct 27, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

South Korea has reportedly proposed holding talks with China to seal a military intelligence sharing pact.

This comes after Seoul decided to resume the same kind of talks with Japan on Thursday... after dropping those plans in 2012.

Citing a government source on Friday, Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported that the South Korean government has been emphasizing the need to strike such a deal since the 2000s, while China has avoided directly responding to it.

The source said the second proposal comes four years after the first was relayed to Beijing.

It added military intelligence sharing deals with Japan and China would significantly contribute to the collection of North Korea-related information,... especially as Seoul signed a similar deal with Russia in 2001.

In total,... South Korea has 19 military information sharing agreements with countries around the world,... including the U.S. and Poland.

Seoul to resume talks over bilateral military intelligence sharing pact with Tokyo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-l5GOdxJj0U

Oct 27, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

South Korea hopes to seal a military intelligence sharing pact with Japan, a plan that was dropped four years ago mainly due to unresolved issues between Seoul and Tokyo.

But North Korea's two nuclear tests and dozens of missile launches this year alone have made South Korea change its stance on the matter, determining the talks cannot be pushed back with the North's growing military threats.

Connie Kim reports. South Korea plans to resume talks with Japan over a bilateral military intelligence sharing pact to better respond to North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats.

An official from Seoul's defense ministry said Thursday the decision comes as talks over the General Security of Military Information Agreement cannot be pushed back in the wake of the North's two nuclear tests and more than 20 ballistic missile launches this year alone.

The bilateral military intelligence sharing pact failed to materialize in 2012 as critics in South Korea accused the government of secretly trying to seal the deal.

And although Tokyo has been pushing for further negotiations over the bilateral military intelligence deal since then, Seoul had been reluctant due to unresolved sensitive issues between the two nations.

But if the General Security of Military Information Agreement with Japan is sealed, South Korea anticipates more accurate and credible information over North Korea's threats as Tokyo is expected to pour in up to 19-point-one billion U.S. dollars into its ballistic missile defense system by 2018.

Through the deal, Seoul will directly be able to receive information over Pyongyang's missiles that Tokyo collects from its surveillance satellites, maritime patrol aircraft and radar units installed on Aegis destroyers.

Currently, South Korea is receiving Japan's monitors indirectly via the U.S. under the trilateral information sharing agreement.

If signed, this would be the first official military agreement between the two sides since Korea’s 1945 liberation from Japan’s colonial rule.

Connie Kim, Arirang News.

S. Korea-Japan intel sharing has nothing to do with U.S. missile defense: Defense Minister https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KTzQOZj5BKg

Oct 28, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

Korea's defense chief deflected concern about sharing military intel with Tokyo.

He countered skeptics by saying the system a necessary tool in better countering North Korea's increasing threats.

Kim Hyun-bin shares with us the minister's remarks. South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo says that South Korea and Japan have resumed talks on a bilateral military intelligence-sharing agreement...

in order to enhance security cooperation against North Korea's ever-growing nuclear and missile threats.

During a meeting at the National Assembly on Friday, Han reminded lawmakers that Seoul has signed 32 intelligence-sharing pacts with other countries and emphasized that the proposed deal has nothing to do with the U.S. missile defense in the region.

He also reiterated that the military has been asking for the agreement with Japan since 1989.

Under the prospective agreement, the two allies would be able to share intelligence on North Korea's nuclear and missile program without having to receive it from the U.S. under the current trilateral information sharing agreement.

Formal negotiations on the bilateral agreement began in 2012 but came to a halt due to protests from the Korean public.

Many Koreans are against the agreement because of the history of Japan's colonial rule of Korea from 1910 to 1945... and lingering historical and territorial disputes.

Some also worry that the pact will allow Japan's self-defense forces to fight on the peninsula in times of crisis without Seoul's consent.

The defense ministry said, however, that National Assembly approval would be required for such a deployment.

Japan has five intelligence satellites, six Aegis destroyers, four ground radar systems and other state of the art surveillance equipment.

Kim Hyun-bin Arirang News.
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USFK commander says THAAD will be deployed to S. Korea within 8-10 months
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2016, 10:29:44 AM »
USFK commander says THAAD will be deployed to S. Korea within 8-10 months https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NA7wELIT9iw

Nov 4, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

Turning our attention to matters pertaining to national defense:

The commander of the U.S. Forces Korea says THAAD the missile defense system designed to counter North Korea's nuclear threats, will be deployed to the peninsula within eight to ten months.

Kim Hyun-bin shares with us General Vincent Brooks' remarks.

During a breakfast meeting on Friday,... Vincent Brooks said that THAAD will be deployed to South Korea in the first half of next year at the earliest.

He also said that the THAAD base here will be larger than the one in Guam. "You're gonna see the deployment of a THAAD battery. This is an alliance decision. It will come in the next eight to ten months.

That is an army unit and a larger configuration than the one in Guam."

The allies agreed to deploy THAAD back in July to better counter North Korea's ever-growing nuclear and ballistic missile capabilities.

The U.S. commander pointed out that North Korea has the fourth-largest arsenal of conventional weapons in the world and emphasized that North Korea's continuous provocations are a very direct threat not only to South Korea, but also the entire region and the United States.

He stressed the importance of further enhancing the alliance between Seoul and Washington to counter those threats.

The regime has conducted two nuclear tests and over 20 ballistic missile launches this year alone,... in its quest to develop a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile.

Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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N. Korea's behavior driven by survival mechanism: Expert
« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2016, 10:48:20 AM »
N. Korea's behavior driven by survival mechanism: Expert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHEb3XBFako

Nov 3, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

North Korea prioritizes its survival above all else, which could explain its erratic behavior.

At a forum in New York on Thursday,... Ralph Cossa, the president of the Pacific Forum CSIS in Honolulu,... said that North Korea's behavior and strategies are not completely illogical considering the regime is driven by its desire for survival.

He said the regime should not be accepted as a nuclear-armed state, and the ideal approach would be to get Pyongyang to freeze its nuclear program first.

He also said that even if Donald Trump wins the presidency,... Washington's Korean Peninsula policy isn't likely to change dramatically,

especially with regard to the U.S. troop presence in South Korea, which Trump has threatened to scale back or eliminate.
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Re: U.S. to modernize, strengthen military footprint in S. Korea: Carter
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2016, 12:29:25 AM »
U.S. defense department reiterates intent to deploy THAAD ASAP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBdcI0YXb3c

Nov 7, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

The U.S. Department of Defense has reiterated its intent to deploy the controversial THAAD missile defense system on the Korean peninsula as soon as possible.

Speaking at a press briefing at the Pentagon on Monday, the department spokesman, Peter Cook, said they are working closely with South Korea on the issue for a quick deployment.

He referenced last week's announcement by the commander of the U.S. Forces Korea that THAAD -- short for Terminal High Altitude Area Defense -- will be in place within eight to ten months.

The defense system, aimed at protecting against threats from North Korea, was given the green light by Seoul and Washington in July, despite the objections of China and Russia.
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Re: U.S. to modernize, strengthen military footprint in S. Korea: Carter
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2016, 04:34:40 AM »
U.S. defense secretary says N. Korea is major threat to America https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU7c-MZElT4

Nov 15, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

The U.S. secretary of defense says he believes North Korea is one of the main threats that America will face in the next five years.

Ashton Carter made the remarks in an interview Tuesday with U.S. monthly The Atlantic.

He had said last month that the U.S. would do all it can to protect the Korean peninsula from credible threats.

In related news, Admiral Harry Harris, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, said he agrees with experts who say North Korea is capable of launching intercontinental ballistic missiles that can hit the U.S., and that the U.S. will be ready to respond to even the worst-case scenario.

He made the remarks during a lecture in Washington hosted by security-affairs website Defense One.

U.S. defense secretary says N. Korea is major threat to America U.S. defense secretary says... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5NFnEng8qY

Nov 15, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

The South Korean government has acquired the site where the THAAD missile defense battery will be stationed.

Retail giant Lotte Group will trade its golf course in the south of the country with some government-owned land near the capital.
Kim Hyun-bin has more.

South Korea's defense ministry on Wednesday announced that it has reached an agreement with Lotte Group, the nation's fifth-largest conglomerate, to acquire its country club in Seongju County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province,... to host the THAAD battery.

The ministry offered in exchange for the golf course... some state-owned land near Seoul.

"We have reached agreement with Lotte Group, under the National Property Act, to exchange Lotte Sky Hill Country Club with military land in Namyangju. We will now conduct an official property appraisal."
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The value of the two sites will now be appraised... and if the golf course is deemed more valuable than the territory in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do Province... the ministry plans to make up the difference with cash or other state-owned properties.

Once the deal is sealed, South Korea will hand the golf course over to the U.S. Forces Korea as stated under the Status of Forces Agreement signed between Seoul and Washington.

Afterward, an environmental evaluation of the site will be conducted and plans for construction of the THAAD battery will be initiated.

The defense ministry is working in close consultation with the U.S. government to bring the THAAD battery to the peninsula by the end of next year.

Earlier this month, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, General Vincent Brooks, said Washington plans to bring the battery over from Guam within the next ten months.

The two allies announced the deployment of THAAD in July this year to better counter North Korea's ever-growing nuclear and missile threats.

Just this year alone Pyongyang has conducted two nuclear tests and over 20 ballistic missile launches.

Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.

Defense ministry set to finalize deal to secure site for THAAD https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1SmpYBmOPw

Nov 15, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

South Korea is in the final stages of acquiring the site to station THAAD anti-missile battery.

Lotte group will give a final answer by Wednesday to trade off its golf course with state territory.

Kim Hyun-bin has more on the defense upgrade.

Military sources on Tuesday said the ministry has tentatively agreed with Lotte Group, the nation's fifth-largest conglomerate, to acquire its country club in Seongju County, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province... to host the THAAD battery.

According to Yonhap News Agency, the ministry offered in exchange for the golf course... some state-owned land near Seoul.

The ministry expects a decision to be made by this Wednesday.

Once an agreement is reached, the value of the two sites will be appraised... and if the golf course is deemed more valuable than the territory in Namyangju, Gyeonggi-do Province... the ministry plans to make up the difference with cash or other state-owned properties.

The ministry is in close consultations with the U.S. government to bring the THAAD battery to the peninsula by the end of next year.

Earlier this month, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea, General Vincent Brooks, said Washington plans to bring the battery over from Guam within the next ten months.

The two allies announced the deployment of THAAD in July this year to better counter North Korea's ever-growing nuclear and missile threats.

Just this year alone Pyongyang has conducted two nuclear tests and over 20 ballistic missile launches.

Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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Re: U.S. to modernize, strengthen military footprint in S. Korea: Carter
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2016, 04:56:06 PM »
THAAD Is Coming To China's Doorstep (But Beijing Has A Plan To Push Back)
21 November 2016
, by Nan Li - Strategic-Culture (Zero Hedge)
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-21/thaad-coming-chinas-doorstep-beijing-has-plan-push-back
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South Korea, Japan sign military intelligence-sharing pact
« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2016, 11:38:32 AM »
S. Korea, Japan sign military intelligence-sharing pact https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O25486hcbXk

Nov 23, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

South Korea and Japan have agreed to directly share military information... such as satellite tracking of North Korea's missiles, reflecting increasing concerns about the threat from Pyongyang’s accelerating weapons program.

The pact was signed here in Seoul today... and it removes the need for the U.S. to be a go-between with intelligence from its allies.
Our national defense correspondent Kim Hyunbin starts us tonight.

South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo and Japanese Ambassador to Korea Yasumasa Nagamine signed the bilateral military intelligence-sharing agreement on Wednesday at the Ministry of Defense in Seoul.

Unlike in the past, when South Korea and Japan were sharing information indirectly under a trilateral intelligence-sharing deal with the U.S. ... "The agreement will allow Seoul and Tokyo to directly share intelligence, which will enhance our ability to conduct surveillance on North Korea. We will also be better able to deter North Korea's nuclear and missile threats."

South Korea's defense ministry says that Japan's advanced information-gathering capabilities will enhance its own defense capabilities.

Japan has five intelligence satellites, six Aegis destroyers, four ground-radar systems and other state-of-the-art surveillance equipment to put toward the effort. The two countries initiated the agreement back in 2012, but it was scrapped due to protests from opposition parties and civic groups, who claimed that the process was not transparent.

Many Koreans are also against the pact because of the history of Japan's colonial rule of Korea from 1910 to 1945... and the lingering unresolved issues between the two countries.

However, North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threats revived efforts to re-start the talks late last month. "With the addition of the recent agreement, South Korea will soon have military intelligence-sharing pacts with 33 countries, including the U.S. and Russia."

Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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Re: U.S. to modernize, strengthen military footprint in S. Korea: Carter
« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2016, 01:47:06 PM »
U.S. researcher calls for S. Korea to join U.S. missile defense system https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8agvifhzNk

Dec 3, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

A senior U.S. researcher says South Korea should be part of the U.S.-led global missile defense system... to better protect against North Korea's threats.

Bruce Klingner,... a Northeast Asia expert at the Heritage Foundation,... a U.S. think tank with close ties to Donald Trump,... stressed the importance of having U.S. allies under the system,... claiming South Korea's independent Korea Air and Missile Defense system... is meaningless on its own... if it's not used in cooperation with the larger U.S. missile defense system.

South Korea's defense ministry had earlier said,... that Seoul would not join the system.

There are political and diplomatic matters surrounding the issue,... such as a concern that South Korea's bilateral ties to China would be strained if Seoul were to become part of the system.
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South Korean military steps up readiness against North Korea
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2016, 12:34:10 PM »
South Korean military steps up readiness against North Korea following impeachment vote https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7vaa7DtjyWE

Dec 10, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

The South Korean military has upped its defense readiness against North Korea and is closely monitoring for any unusual activities north of the border.

The move comes after the National Assembly's impeachment vote.

A military official said the North Korean military's winter drills, which began earlier this month, are on a similar level as that of last year and there are no signs Pyongyang is gearing up to launch a provocation.

However,... defense minister Han Min-koo says it's possible North Korea could use South Korea's political crisis and the changing U.S. administrations to stage provocations,.. such as a missile launch of nuclear test.
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South Korea, U.S. reaffirm deployment of U.S. strategic weapons to Korea
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2016, 01:10:31 PM »
South Korea, U.S. reaffirm deployment of U.S. strategic weapons to Korea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imbyolCJVQ8

Dec 21, 2016 ARIRANG NEWS

Seoul and Washington have reaffirmed their pledge to deploy U.S. strategic weapons to the Korean peninsula to better counter North Korean threats.

The agreement came during the inaugural meeting of senior foreign and defense officials from the two sides.

Our defense correspondent Kim Hyun-bin reports. Foreign and defense ministry officials from the two allies held their first Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group meeting in Washington on Tuesday, local time.

South Korea's First Vice Foreign Minister Lim Sung-nam and U.S. Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation Thomas Countryman were among those taking part in the talks.

Following their meeting,... the two sides released a joint statement, saying they agreed on the need for additional measures to better suppress North Korea's increasing threats.

Washington reiterated it will provide an extended deterrence to South Korea during a nuclear crisis on the peninsula by providing a nuclear umbrella and missile defense shield when under attack.
 
The U.S. also said it will continue to send key strategic assets to the peninsula to better counter North Korean threats and warn the regime against future provocations.

The two sides also held in-depth discussions on North Korea's nuclear program and thrashed out ways to put more pressure on the regime.

South Korea and the U.S. agreed to launch the meeting during talks in October between their foreign and defense chiefs.

Kim Hyun-bin, Arirang News.
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