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SOUTH KOREA - ferry sinks April 2014South Korea stages more military drills
13 December 2010 South Korea has begun another week-long series of live-fire military exercises along most of its coastline.
However, the drills will avoid the disputed western sea-border, where North Korea shelled an island last month, killing four South Koreans.
North Korea said that attack was in direct response to South Korean military exercises there. It says drills by the South are a provocation.
There have been intense international diplomatic efforts to calm the crisis.
Last week, China's top diplomat met North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in Pyongyang, with Chinese state media reporting a "consensus" had been reached.
The US has been putting pressure on China - the North's main ally - to intervene in the crisis.
Top US military official Adm Mike Mullen has accused China of "enabling" North Korea's "reckless behaviour".
China has hit back, saying military threats cannot resolve tensions on the Korean peninsula.
In a hardening of policy, South Korea has threatened to mount air strikes on the North if it carries out further attacks.
China, which supplies food and fuel to North Korea, has so far refused to condemn the attack on Yeonpyeong, the first attack of its kind on South Korean civilians since the Korean War ended in a ceasefire in 1953.
Both Japan and South Korea have carried out joint military exercises with the US in the past few weeks.
China has criticised those exercises as an attempt at US containment in an area Beijing sees as its own responsibility.
North Korea has been defending its shelling of Yeonpyeong as a response to extensive live-firing from the South.
Fishermen missing in Antarctic as South Korea ship sinks
22 feared dead
13 December 2010 17 fishermen are missing in icy waters following the sinking of a South Korean vessel in the Southern Ocean.
At least five of the 42-man crew died and 20 were rescued after the deep-sea trawler went down about 2,000km (1,250 miles) south of New Zealand.
Rescuers have scaled back the search, saying it was unlikely that any of those missing would survive for long.
The crew included nationals from South Korea, China, Indonesia, the Philippines and Russia.
South Korea's foreign ministry said the 614-tonne ship, the Number One In Sung, sank at around 0430 South Korean time on Monday (1930 GMT on Sunday).
Twenty sailors were rescued by another fishing boat operating nearby, the South Korean foreign ministry said in a statement.
New Zealand rescuers said it was not clear why the boat sank. Conditions were calm and no SOS was sent.
Survival times in the water in the area would be about 10 minutes without life-jackets or immersion suits, rescuers said after scaling back the search.
"It (is) becoming increasingly unlikely further survivors (will) be found," rescue controller Dave Wilson told AFP news agency.
Ross Henderson, a spokesperson for Maritime New Zealand, earlier said all vessels in the remote area had been told to go to the site to help search for survivors after the incident was reported.
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South Korea to hold firing drills despite NKorea threat
Dec 18, 2010 South Korean troops geared up Saturday for artillery drills on a border island shelled by North Korea last month despite Pyongyang's threat to retaliate again, as Russia and China expressed concerns over rising tensions on the divided peninsula.
The North warned Friday that it would strike even harder than before if the South went ahead with its planned drills. Four people died last month in the North's attack on Yeonpyeong Island near the tense sea border.
The U.S. supports South Korea, saying the country has a right to conduct such a military exercise. However, Russia's Foreign Ministry expressed its "extreme concern" Friday over the drills and urged South Korea to cancel them to prevent a further escalation of tensions.
The Russian ministry issued a separate statement later Friday urging North Korea to demonstrate maximum restraint and refrain from taking actions that could lead to a repeat of last month's artillery exchange with the South.
China, the North's key ally, said it is firmly against any acts that could worsen already-high tensions on the Korean peninsula. "In regard to what could lead to worsening the situation or any escalation of acts of sabotage of regional peace and stability, China is firmly and unambiguously opposed," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a statement Saturday.
China's Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun also warned in a statement that the situation on the Korean peninsula is "extremely precarious."
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff said Saturday that marines would go ahead with the drills as scheduled and that the military was ready to respond to any possible provocation.
"We have a right to conduct our own military drills," a Joint Chiefs of Staff officer said.
The North's threat and the Chinese and Russian concerns will not affect the timing of the exercise, said the officer, who spoke anonymously, citing department rules.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Kim Young-sun said the drills are defensive in nature and are not aimed at stoking regional tensions.
The artillery drills were not expected to be held over the weekend because of bad weather and will be conducted either Monday or Tuesday, the Joint Chiefs of Staff officer said.
Dec 2010 UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council will probably convene an emergency session on Saturday on the escalating tension between North and South Korea, council diplomats said.
Diplomats said the meeting was tentatively scheduled for 3 p.m., although it could change.
The meeting was called at the request of Russia.
Wow...a VERY busy day indeed with the world governments. Congress trying to ram through numerous draconian legislations
(DREAM Act died, next up "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal lifted, and then START), and now this?
Next week could be a very interesting week!
The poster on a message board says
"I can tell you now that SK has put their F-15s on alert, to the point of crews in cockpits with live ammo.
There was an embargo on the news until minutes ago. A couple of websites seem to have it now.
Whether this is in relation to the drills starting or whether this is to head off any NK trouble they may think happens first I don't know."
"I am told that the batting order is that SK will agree the timing with the US. That will then be given to Russia and China.
The timing will then be given to the public, with those left on the island being offered shelter."
Seems to have insider info.
Sounds like its gonna go down.
CJ NOTE - I DELETED link - people have gotten virus on that website, and its told some whopper lies
Russia seriously concerned over Korea tensions
18 December 2010 Russia says it is seriously concerned that tensions between North and South Korea will escalate further.
Pyongyang is threatening to retaliate if the South goes ahead with planned military exercises on an island near the two countries' disputed sea border.
Last month four people were killed when the North attacked the island during similar exercises.
The UN Security Council is preparing to discuss the situation at an emergency meeting, scheduled at Russia's request.
Russian ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin said his country was "seriously concerned about possible further escalation of tensions on the Korean peninsula".
"We believe that the Security Council must send a restraining signal... and help launch diplomatic activity with a view to resolving all issues of dispute between the two Korean sides by political and diplomatic means," he said.
Rare insight into secretive China-N Korea ties
China says Korean situation extremely precarious
If there is shooting, a US carrier may be the target.
Blogger believes its gonna go down. Me, I dont think so, not unless an outside nation drops a bomb in there.
I put nothing past Obama.
South Korea army to hold largest ever live-fire drill
SEOUL Dec 22, 2010 The South Korean army said it will hold its largest-ever live-fire drill near the military border with the North on Thursday in a show of force in the wake of Pyongyang's attack on one of its islands last month.
The drill, involving artillery, fighter jets and the largest number of personnel in a peace-time exercise, comes after the South's live-fire artillery exercise on Monday on the island near the tensely guarded sea border and is likely to infuriate Pyongyang.
It will take place on the South Korean mainland.
Tension on the peninsula had begun to ease on Wednesday after suggestions the North might admit U.N. nuclear monitors and South Korea's finance minister said the local economy was weathering the standoff.
I would beware of any "insider info" posts on GLP - not saying this particular one is disinfo, but for the large post, the big majority of them are trolls wanting to stir up everyone's emotions there.
For the most part, I go to this MB because alot of news stories of interest get posted there that I don't see elsewhere, but just be discerning over these "insider info" posts.
New South Korea exercises
December 22, 2010 This could be the retaliation their people demand. My first reaction was - ARE THEY CRAZY!?[/color]
South Korea has said it will hold new large-scale military drills involving ground and air live fire on Thursday.
Artillery, jets and about 800 soldiers will take part, the government said, alongside separate naval exercises that began on Wednesday.
Tension has been high since North Korea shelled the South's Yeonpyeong island last month, killing four South Koreans.
Drills by the South on Monday near Yeonpyeong sparked Northern threats of retaliation that did not materialise.
An army spokesman said Thursday's drill would be held at Pocheon, 20km (12 miles) south of the border - about 50km from central Seoul.
Exercises have been held at Pocheon before, but this would be on an unprecedented scale, the spokesman said.
"The scale of mechanised assets taking place is enormous. When we would normally have 6 K-9 mechanised artillery, we'll have 36.
"We'll have the F-15 jets firing. We'll have choppers. You can say most of the mechanised assets taking part will be firing live ammunition," the spokesman said.
"We will retaliate thoroughly if the North commits another provocative act like the shelling of Yeonpyeong," First Armoured Battalion commander Choo Eun-sik told Yonhap news agency.
"Through this exercise [at Pocheon], we will demonstrate our solid military preparedness," he said.
The BBC's Kevin Kim in Seoul says this is the largest winter live-fire exercise ever conducted on land here.
Separately, a "routine" four-day naval firing exercise has begun off the east coast of South Korea, involving six warships and helicopters.
North Korea threatens nuclear 'holy war' with South
December 23, 2010 North Korea is ready for a "sacred war of justice" using a nuclear deterrent, its armed forces minister has said.
Kim Yong-chun accused South Korea of making preparations for war by holding live-fire exercises near the border.
The drills are one of the largest in South Korea's history, involving tanks, helicopters and fighter planes.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak has promised immediate retaliation to any further Northern attack.
The BBC's John Sudworth says people on the Korean peninsula are used to fiery rhetoric from Pyongyang, but as the tension escalates, the danger is that one side will feel forced to act on its threats.
The South Korean army acknowledged that the drill was aimed to display its firepower.
Although the South has conducted 47 military drills this year, this is the largest winter live-fire exercise ever conducted on land.
The North earlier branded Seoul's exercises "warmongering" but until now had not threatened the South with any retaliation.
South Korean Naval ship sinks, torpedo suspected
March 29, 2010 update
They are no longer saying the ship was sunk by North Korea.
However ... I wonder
South Korean Naval ship sinks, torpedo suspected
March 26, 2010 - North Korea 'torpedoes and sinks' South Korean navy ship with 104 sailors on board.
South Korean navy ship sunk in the Yellow Sea near Baengnyeong island off the west coast.
It may have been hit by a North Korean torpedo and several sailors were killed. It is believed 59 sailors have been rescued.
A South Korean warship later fired at an unidentified vessel toward the north, indicating a possible attack, and South Korea presidential Blue House was holding an emergency security meeting.
The ship appears to have begun sinking after an explosion at the rear of the ship.
In apparent retaliation, the South Korean navy shot at an unidentified ship in the direction of North Korea.
One report said the target turned out to be a flock of birds.
The South Korean vessel alleged that the North Korean vessel had crossed the disputed sea border, North Korea denied.
A man from North Korea recently escaped. I am sure NK didnt like that at all.
South Korea shuts down nuclear reactor
April 13, 2011 South Korea oldest nuclear reactor has gone offline due to an electrical malfunction, amid growing controversy over the extension of its life.
The Korea Hydro & Nuclear Power Co. (KHNP) said the Gori-1 reactor in northeastern South Korea was turned off after experiencing problems with electricity supplied from outside the plant.
Korea at a turning point
January 2, 2012 There is in many ways only ONE KOREA, not two. There have been unification efforts.
The crazed ruler died in December 2011 - will his son be better - or worse?
The Korean peninsula is at a turning point and there are opportunities for change, said South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.
He said Seoul would respond strongly if provoked by North Korea, with whom it remains technically at war, but his biggest goal is stability.
Lee Myung-bak said peace is his priority and that a window of opportunity had opened for better ties with the North.
666 * South Korea: RFID KONTROL of waste
May 2012 RFIDWorld.ca
The wastage of food has been drastically reduced through the use of RFID technology in Korea. CONTROL.
SK Telecom, with headquarters in South Korea has introduced an RFID disposable management system,
which will encourage - FORCE - citizens to reduce the daily amount of food waste and also encourage them to recycle.
The way the bin works is someone must tap the bin leading it to open up as a result of a reader attached to it.
The reader reads the RFID-enabled card and the lid opens up. The waste can be thrown in after which the bin weighs the food waste
letting the individual know the subsequent fee. The credit card, which is linked processes the payment amount automatically and it appears on the individuals bill.
50 million Koreans create an estimated 170,000 tons of food waste daily. That is an approximate 350 grams per person per day, according to the Korean government.
The current cost for food waste in Korea per year is over $600 million and it is continuing to rise.
Korea-Japan Military Pact
June 29, 2012 Today Korea and Japan to sign their first military cooperation pact since 1945, perhaps to keep China in check.
The sensitive pact allows Seoul and Tokyo to exchange classified military intelligence on North Korea and China.
I report, but pray and discern and obey GOD.
South Korea's extended heatwave has taken its toll on both humans and animals, with more than 830,000 chickens or other poultry reported dead.
Aug. 8, 2012 The agriculture ministry said 786,512 chickens, 40,780 ducks, 3,000 quail, 336 pigs and five cows have died since July 20, when the peak temperature began hovering above 33 Celsius (91.4 Fahrenheit) in most areas.
The stifling heat also killed seven people in June and July, the health ministry said, mostly elderly people working in fields or greenhouses.
Temperatures have stayed above 35 C for 12 days in much of the country, causing massive blooms of algae in rivers.
Sales of electric fans and air conditioners have soared. On Monday the state power company warned that reserves were dangerously low and urged people to switch off appliances, as usage reached a record.
The meteorological administration says relief is in sight starting Friday, with midday temperatures dropping to the customary August figure of 30C from the weekend.
South Korea fires warning shots at North Korean 'fishing boats'
September 21, 2012 South Korea is a key ally of the United States, with tens of thousands of U.S. troops stationed there.
The South Korean Navy fired warning shots to ward off North Korean fishing boats that were spotted south of the maritime border between the two countries, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said Friday.
The North Korean vessels crossed back over the border, known as the Northern Limit Line, following the warning shots, according to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The South Korean Navy issued two warning messages to the North Korean boats before firing a few dozen shots, the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, adding that the alert level for the navy had been raised.
The were no immediate reports on the incident Friday by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
The two Koreas, which remain technically at war following their conflict in the early 1950s, have periodically clashed at sea over the years, with some waters still in dispute. The land border between the two nations remains heavily militarized.
North and South Korea on the verge of nuclear war
October 2, 2012 A senior North Korean diplomat warned a meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York that "a spark of fire could set off a thermonuclear war" on the Korean Peninsula.
Pak Kil-yon, Pyongyang's vice-foreign minster, put the blame for the tense state of inter-Korean relations firmly on South Korea's conservative government and claimed the citizens of the North feel "shame" and "political terror."
Monday's speech was the first time a representative of North Korea has addressed the General Assembly since Kim Jong-un assumed power after the death of his father in December last year.
"Since taking office, the current South Korean government has caused the worst situation in North-South relations by making all inter-Korean agreements null and void," Pak said, referring to pacts with previous South Korean administrations that sought reconciliation between the two ideological enemies and an expansion of economic co-operation.
Describing relations between the two governments as in "total bankruptcy," Pak dismissed the South Korean government of Lee Myung-bak with the comment, "History will bring them to justice."
Neither the United States nor the UN escaped criticism, with Pak saying recent joint military manoeuvres between the US and South Korean troops were "reckless provocations."
North Korean soldier defects
October 6, 2012
A North Korean soldier killed two of his officers before crossing the heavily mined border into South Korea.
Defections across the buffer zone dividing the two Koreas are rare as the land border is heavily armed and tightly guarded.
The North Korean claimed that he shot dead his platoon and squad chiefs while on guard duty shortly before his border crossing.
S. Korea elected first woman leader
Dec 20, 2012 S. Korea elected first woman leader vows new N. Korea effort.
The election of Park Geun-hye as South Korea first female president could mean a new drive to start talks with North Korea.
Park has vowed to pursue engagement with Pyongyang.
She is the daughter of late South Korean dictator Park Chung-hee.
South Korea's President-elect Park Geun-hye spoke of a security challenge from North Korea but called for trust-based dialogue. (Trust but verify - Ronald Reagan)
She pledged to open a new era on the Korean Peninsula.
This could be a good thing. The 2 halves of Korea have had several unification attempts.
South Korea unveils missile it says can hit North's leaders
2/14/13 - South Korea unveiled a cruise missile on Thursday that it said can hit the office of North Korea's leaders, trying to address concerns that it is
technologically behind its unpredictable rival which this week conducted its third nuclear test.
South Korean officials declined to say the exact range of the missile but said it could hit targets anywhere in North Korea.
The Defence Ministry released video footage of the missiles being launched from destroyers and submarines striking mock targets.
The weapon was previewed in April last year and officials said deployment was now complete.
Park Geun-hye sworn in as first female South Korea president
Feb 25, 2013 Ms Park, 61, is the first woman to lead South Korea.
Park Geun-hye promised a tough stance on national security and an era of economic revival.
North Korea recent nuclear test posed a challenge to the survival of Korea.
Ms Park, the first woman to lead South Korea, succeeds President Lee Myung-bak, of the same Saenuri Party,
who stepped down as the law required after a five-year term.
The 61-year-old is the daughter of former military strongman Park Chung-hee, who ruled South Korea for almost two decades.
In her inauguration speech, Ms Park said she would not tolerate any action that threatens the lives of our people and the security of our nation.
North Korea has 5 nuclear submarines
March 12, 2013 5 atomic-bomb equipped North Korean submarines have evaded US Navy and are preparing to strike targets in South Korea, Japan and North America.
Russia noted a series of suspicious transfers of unknown materials from the Nuclear Test Facility to the NK Naval Base.
Shortly thereafter 10 Yono-class miniature submarines departed and are feared to have aboard them atomic bombs.
A Yono sub is thought to have fired the torpedo attack which sank a South Korean corvette, on 26 March 2010 that killed 46 and injured 56.
South Korea investigates computer attack
March 20, 2013 BANK AGAIN - what is the truth?
South Korean officials are investigating a cyber-attack that paralysed computer networks at broadcasters and banks.
The network showed a page which featured 3 skulls and a warning.
Broadcasters KBS, MBC and YTN told police their networks were halted.
Two banks, Shinhan Bank and Nonghyup, said their networks were affected.
Some computers started to get back online more than 2 1/2 hours later.
The exact cause of the problems remains unknown.
Local shares extended losses following the initial reports of outages to end down 1 percent.
Some rumors of a major global economic collapse this month.
The Beast system is ready - of Revelation 13
Govts can steal YOUR money in YOUR bank
Lawless! Cyprus bailout Robs Deposits
Cyprus banks closed, govt stealing from depositers
Argentina Makes Grab for Pensions
New Zealand considering doing this
Obama has already signed Executive Orders -
giving him permission to steal YOUR money in YOUR bank
US flies bombers over South Korea
March 28, 2013 US deploys B-2 stealth bombers over South Korea
Two B-2 stealth bombers were sent to South Korea to participate in a training exercise. They flew from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to South Korea, dropping inert munitions before returning to the U.S.
The United States flew 2 practice runs over South Korea, in a second show of force to North Korea after a B52 bomber made a similar run earlier this week.
U.S. deploys stealth fighter jets to South Korea
By CNN Staff
updated 10:44 PM EDT, Sun March 31, 2013
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) -- The United States deployed stealth fighter jets to South Korea on Sunday as part of ongoing joint military exercises between the two countries, a senior U.S. defense official said.
The F-22 Raptors were sent to the main U.S. Air Force Base in South Korea amid spiking tensions on the Korean peninsula. The U.S. military command in South Korea said they were deployed to support air drills as part of the annual Foal Eagle training exercises, which are carried out in accordance with the armistice that put an end to armed hostilities in 1953.
North Korea has been ramping up its rhetoric and military show of force in response to the annual joint military exercises, declaring the armistice invalid on March 11, 10 days after Foal Eagle began. It is something Pyongyang has done before during heightened tensions.
The United States' participation in Foal Eagle is intended to demonstrate the country's "commitment to stability and security in the Asia-Pacific Region," the U.S. military command in South Korea said in a statement that also urged North Korea to tone down its rhetoric.
U.S. - South Korea drills
April 1, 2013 YAK YAK YAK
The United States sent F-22 stealth fighter jets to Osan Air Base South Korea to join military drills in the face of an intensifying campaign of threats from North Korea.
U.S. flew B-52 and B-2 bombers over South Korea last week.
This damned Obama is determined to involve USA homeland in a world war. EVERYONE who voted for him is guilty.
Kim Jong Un gathers parliament amid rising tensions
South Korean military to respond strongly should northern neighbor attack.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un vows nuclear strikes on South Korea and the US.
South Korea will respond
South Korea pledges strong response against North.
President Park Geun-hye said that she took the series of threats from Pyongyang very seriously.
North Korea is entering a state of war with South Korea, pledged to build up its nuclear arsenal.
US Navy destroyer to Korea
Apr 2, 2013 The U.S. Navy is shifting guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald to waters off Korea.
The Fitzgerald is capable of intercepting and destroying a missile, should North Korea decide to fire one.
South Korea deploys warships to track North missiles
5 April 2013 South Korea has deployed two warships with missile-defence systems, reports say, a day after the North apparently moved a missile to its east coast.
Military officials told South Korean media the two warships would be deployed on the east and west coasts.
Seoul has played down the North's missile move, saying it may be for a test rather than a hostile act.
South Korea deploys warships
Apr 5, 2013 South Korea has deployed two warships with missile-defence systems, a day after the North apparently moved a missile to its east coast.
Seoul saying it may be for a test rather than a hostile act.
2 North Korean subs are unaccounted for, may be loaded with nuclear warheads, can strike USA.
I wondered if South Korean has an AWACs. Yes, it does, since AUGUST 2011.
First 737 AWACS Arrives in South Korea AUGUST 8, 2011
Boeing delivered the first of four modified 737-700IGW airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft to South Korea, the second nation after Australia to receive the airborne radar platform. The first E-737 ordered under South Korea’s Peace Eye program arrived August 1 at Gimhae air force base, Yonhap News Agency reported, citing the Korean Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA). The aircraft was flown from Boeing facilities in Seattle, where mission system testing was performed. It will undergo flight and acceptance before being handed over to the air force in early September, DAPA stated.
The NWO plan is for WAR, so dont count this out.
WHO BLINKS FIRST?
I put this in AMERICA NEWS as its Obama's war, damn him!
South Korea raises alert with North to vital threat
10 April 2013 North Korea is believed to have completed preparations for a missile launch after it moved two Musudan missiles to its east coast
NK missile in launch position
Apr 11, 2013 Do you ever feel like news today is a rerun of yesterday, last week or last year?
US and South Korean militaries went on Watchcon 2, the highest level of alert April 11, ready for multiple launches after a North Korean missile was sighted fueled and ready to launch.
US bases in Guam and Okinawa within range as well as South Korea and Japan.
South Koreans are showing signs of anxiety about a possible outbreak of war. People have started stocking food, children are being kept home from school in case of a sudden war emergency.
The Korean crisis heads the agenda of the G8 meeting in London April 11.
Missile spotted in 'launch position', United States and South Korean armed forces placed at 'vital alert' Watchcon 2
Past G8 meetings
U.S. Marine chopper in hard landing near N. Korea border
April 16, 2013 A U.S. Marine CH-53E "Super Stallion" helicopter made what the U.S. military headquarters in Seoul is calling a "hard landing' south of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea Tuesday
The military says all 21 on board, including 5 crew members, were brought to a hospital. Fifteen were released, and those still there are in stable condition, the military says.
The cause of the crash was being investigated.
The military says the chopper was taking part in joint U.S.-South Korean war games.
USS Freedom arrives in Singapore
April 18, 2013 US Navy ship USS Freedom has arrived in Singapore as part of US plans to increase its military presence in the region.
It will be stationed in South East Asia for 10 months. It joins the US 7th Fleet in the Pacific. China views the move with concern.
So do I.
US Navy 7th Fleet responsibility covers the Korean peninsula, China, Japan.
South Korea 'to withdraw staff' from Kaesong zone in North
South Korea says it is withdrawing its remaining workers from a jointly-run industrial complex in North Korea. The announcement came from the unification minister shortly after Pyongyang rejected an offer of talks. North Korea blocked access to the Kaesong zone - once a symbol of inter-Korean co-operation - earlier this month and later pulled its workers out. The move followed weeks of high tension in the wake of North Korea's third nuclear test in February.
"Because our nationals remaining in the Kaesong industrial zone are experiencing greater difficulties due to the North's unjust actions, the government has come to the unavoidable decision to bring back all remaining personnel in order to protect their safety," Unification Minister Ryoo Kihl-jae said. "North Korea must guarantee the safe return of our personnel and fully protect the assets of the companies with investment in Kaesong," he added. He did not give a timescale for the withdrawal. A total of 175 South Korean workers are currently in the complex, which is home to South Korean factories staffed by North Korean workers. The remaining South Koreans were believed to be running out of food and medicines, because the North had refused to allow fresh supplies in.
Koreas talk to each other
Jun 9, 2013 Two Koreas in 1st talks in over 2 years without argument
PAJU, South Korea - North and South Korea opened their first official talks in two years at a border village without argument,
the South said, building on an easing in tensions from nearly daily threats two months ago of impending nuclear war.
The meeting in Pammunjon, where the armistice was signed in the 1950-53 Korean War, was taking place hours after
resident Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed at a summit that the North had to abandon its nuclear program.
The hour-long morning session appeared to pave the way for ministerial-level discussions June 12.
Such a meeting would be the first such encounter in more than six years.
A spokesman for the South Unification Ministry, said the two sides discussed technical issues for the ministerial meeting,
including the venue and size of delegations.
China is taking over America, 2 pages
Koreas Agree to Reopen Industrial Park
Sept. 11, 2013 North and South Korea agreed to reopen their jointly run industrial complex.
This will end a 6 month shutdown caused by Kim Jong Un. North Korea also agreed to exempt South Korean companies at Kaeseong from taxes this year.
This is a positive signal for President Park Geun Hye’s fledgling North Korea policy.
Kaeseong, located north of the fortified border, provides cheap labor for 120 South Korean companies and is a source of hard currency for the North.
South Korea expands air defence zone
Dec 8, 2013 South Korea has announced it is expanding its air defence zone, which will now partially overlap with a similar zone announced by China.
The two zones will now both include a rock claimed by both countries and controlled by South Korea.
The new parameters are a direct challenge to China, which announced a new Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in November.
Now China, Japan and South Korea all claim part of the same area. NOT GOOD. See this MAP.
China-Japan War in January
Dec 9, 2013 A war between China and Japan will involve Korea and likely Philippines.
Following China claiming new air defense zone in the East China Sea, overlapping a large expanse of Japan and some Korea territory,
the Japanese media predicts a shooting war to break out in January.
China set off an incident accidentally on purpose, force down a civilian airliner and hold the passengers hostage.
In 2001 China Downed USA spy Plane and held crew hostage.
China may target Japan sea transports.
China order a Japanese civilian airliner to be shot down. Would U.S. Navy come to Japans aid?
The Obama mafia have shown only contempt for U.S. allies.
Troops and equipment sent to Korea
Jan 8, 2014 US Announces New Troop Deployment to South Korea.
Rumors of a China-Japan war which would involve Korea, and most likely other nations.
800 more soldiers and about 40 Abrams main battle tanks and other armored vehicles and other military hardware.
Perhaps a response to the NKorea recent political purge that included the execution of the uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
1st Army Battalion from Ft. Hood, Texas will deploy to South Korea this month.
North Korea violates sea border with South
Feb. 25, 2014 The ship reportedly came within 23km (15 miles) of South Korea border island Baengnyeong.
A North Korean patrol boat violated a sea border with the South several times.
The ship spent a few hours south of the border, nearing a South Korean border island, before returning after repeated warnings from the South.
North Korea disputes the maritime border and has sent boats across it in the past.
The incident comes amid joint military drills between the US and South Korea which are opposed by Pyongyang.
In 2010, a South Korean warship sank near Baengnyeong, leaving 46 sailors dead.
South Korea said North Korea torpedoed the ship, but Pyongyang denied this.
Japan to intercept any North Korea missile deemed a threat
April 5, 2014 Japan will strike any North Korean ballistic missile that threatens to hit Japan in the coming weeks after Pyongyang recently fired medium-range missiles.
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera issued the order, which took effect on Thursday and runs through April 25, the day that marks the founding of North Korea's army.
Following the order, meant "to prepare for any additional missile launches," a destroyer was dispatched to the Sea of Japan and will fire if North Korea launches a missile that Tokyo deems in danger of striking or falling on Japanese territory, the source said.
Tensions have been building between North Korea and its neighbors since Pyongyang - in an apparent show of defiance - fired two Rodong missiles on March 26, just as the leaders of Japan, South Korea and the United States were sitting down to discuss containing the North Korean nuclear threat.
That first firing in four years of mid-range missiles that can hit Japan followed a series of short-range rocket launches over the past two months. The Rodong ballistic missiles fell into the sea after flying 650 km (400 miles), short of a maximum range thought to be some 1,300 km, Japan said.
Since then, North Korea has rattled sabres by firing artillery rounds into South Korean waters, prompting the South to fire back; South Korea has test-fired a new ballistic missile with a range of 500 km; and Pyongyang has threatened an unspecified "new form" of nuclear test.
At the same time, Japan and North Korea resumed talks - suspended since Pyongyang test-launched a long-range missile more than a year ago - over the North's nuclear and missile programs, as well as the fate of Japanese abducted in the 1970s and 1980s to help train North Korean spies.
Onodera has avoided publicly announcing the new missile-intercept order so as not to put a chill on those talks, Japanese media said.
He also did not deploy Patriot missile batteries that would be the last line of Defense against incoming warheads, the source told Reuters.
Japanese Aegis destroyers in the Sea of Japan are equipped with advanced radar equipment able to track multiple targets and carry missiles designed to take out targets at the edge of space.
South Korea ferry disaster
April 16, 2014 293 missing after a ferry carrying 470+ mostly high school students and teachers sank off South Korea. Many were rescued before the ship capsized, but hundreds remain unaccounted for amid fears that they could be trapped inside the sunken vessel.
Some claim ferry took off in thick fog.
Witnesses say there was a THUMP, then the ferry began to sink very fast.
Many people were trapped inside the ferry as water quickly rushed in and the severe tilt of the vessel kept them from reaching the exits. People urged those who couldnt get out of the ferry to break windows.
Kim said that after having breakfast he felt the ferry tilt and then heard it crash into something. He said the ferry operator made an announcement asking that passengers wait and not move from their places. Kim didnt hear any announcement telling passengers to escape.
Reminds me of Costa Concordia
Hundreds feared dead
April 17, 2014 Death toll rises as search continues for ferry passengers.
9 people were confirmed dead, 179 rescued, 55 injured and nearly 300 missing.
The chances of finding anyone alive are close to zero, said coastguard.
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for survivors.
Student on ferry sent mom I love you final text
Mom, This might be my last chance to tell you I love you.
According student texted his father that the ship was tilting.
Dad, I cant walk out because the ship is tilted too much, and I dont see anyone in the corridor.
People have become bored with the missing plane.
Did the evil globalists arrange this?
Questions mount, hundreds still missing
April 17, 2014 updated 4:36 PM EDT
Among other things, authorities are investigating the possibility the ship was off course when it ran into trouble, reports that few of its lifeboats made it into the water and reports that the captain Lee Joon Suk was among the first to escape.
Announcements broadcast over the ship's loudspeakers urged passengers to stay put.
WHY is the captain alive - after he told the kids to drown?
Third officer had the helm
The third officer was at the helm of the ferry that capsized off South Korea.
28 confirmed dead and 179 were rescued, 268 remain missing.
It is not clear why the ferry sank, but experts have suggested it either hit a rock or turned sharply, unbalancing the vessel as cargo shifted.
Ferry capsized and sank within 2 hours.
Messages from a sinking ship
Dad, dont worry. Im wearing a life vest and am with other girls. We are inside the ship, still in the hallway.
The captain may face criminal charges for abandoning ship
South Korea school vice principal, Kang Min-gyu, hangs himself after ferry accident. The vice principal of a high school whose pupils died has committed suicide by hanging himself with his belt from a tree outside a large gym where families of the victims were staying.
Authorities Arrest Captain of Capsized Ferry
The captain of the ferry that capsized has been charged by prosecutors and taken into custody by police.
The disaster killed at least 28 passengers and about 270 are still missing
The captain, Lee Joon Seok, has been charged with five crimes related to his abandonment of the vessel, negligence, causing bodily injury, not seeking rescue from other ships, and violation of “seamen’s law.”
If convicted he faces up to life in prison.
Prosecutors and local police have also requested an arrest warrant for three crewmembers in a local court, AFP reports. “The joint investigation team of police and prosecutors asked for warrants to arrest three crew, including the captain,” a coast guard official told AFP.
Ferry captain details evacuation delay
April 19, 2014 - 32 confirmed dead, 174 rescued.
It took the captain 30 minutes to issue the order to evacuate.
The ferry captain said he delayed giving evacuation orders because he feared passengers would drift away. Lee Joon-seok was arrested with two crew members on Friday.
Divers saw 3 bodies in the ship on Saturday but were not able to retrieve them.
The number of missing stands at 273.
Rescue may last one or two months.
The captain faces charges including negligence of duty and violation of maritime law after being criticised for not giving orders to evacuate soon enough.
Investigations are focusing on a sharp turn the vessel took before it started listing and whether an evacuation order could have saved lives.
Footage from the ship appeared to show instructions from crew members for passengers to remain onboard even as it tilted dramatically to one side.
The helmsman at the time, Cho Joon-ki, was also among those arrested. He said that the ship reacted differently to what he had expected.
"There was a mistake on my behalf as well but the steering [gear of the ship] turned further than it was supposed to," he told reporters.
April 20, 2014
The official death toll in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 46 after divers retrieved 10 more bodies from the inside of the sunken boat overnight. They are now looking to retrieve more than 200 bodies – many of them children – from the wreckage. Of the 476 people believed to have been on board the ferry, over 250 are still unaccounted for.
South Korea President condemns crew actions
Apr 21, 2014 South Korean President Park Geun-hye has condemned the conduct of some of the crew of the ferry that sank last week, calling it "akin to murder".
Ms Park said that those to blame would have to take "criminal and civil" responsibility for their actions.
Divers are continuing to recover bodies from the ferry, as they gain access to more of the submerged hull.
The death toll now stands at 64, with 238 people still missing, most of them students from a school near Seoul.
Bodies are being brought two or three at a time back to Jindo, a southern island close to where the ferry sank.
Over 100 confirmed dead in S. Korean ferry disaster
April 22, 2014 The official death toll from a South Korean ferry that sunk last week now stands at 104, with 198 still missing, according to the latest coast guard figures. The exact cause of the disaster is unknown.
April 23, 2014 - Death toll reaches 146
150 people still missing as divers must start breaking through walls to recover bodies
South Korea school reopens
April 24, 2014 The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week has started to hold classes again.
300 students from Danwon high school were on the Sewol ferry when it capsized.
250 Danwon students and teachers died.
Most of the students who survived remain in hospital. Dozens of counsellors have been brought in to help with the trauma that many of the students are expected to face.
Obama in Asia
April 24, 2014 He stops in South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Barack Obama has reaffirmed his support for Japan in its row over islands with China.
Obama claims the disputed islands fell under a security treaty that commits the US to act if Japan is attacked.
He is not going to Beijing China. (insert laughter here)
All navigation crew of sunken ferry held
April 26, 2014 Divers have recovered 183 bodies, but scores are missing presumed drowned.
Friday divers found 48 bodies of students wearing lifejackets in a single room on the vessel meant to accommodate just over 30 people.
The group was crammed into a dormitory and all were wearing lifejackets.
All 15 crew members involved in the navigation of the ferry Sewol are in custody, facing criminal negligence charges.
The prosecution requested arrest warrants for four additional crew members. Eleven others, including the captain, had been detained earlier.
The ferry with 476 people on board sank off South Korea on 16 April.
South Korea subway crash
May 2, 2014 Trains collide in Seoul, 170 people were injured in the South Korea subway. Passengers evacuated from the underground railway. The accident took place as one train ran into the back of another, which had stopped between stations due to a mechanical problem.
Passengers had to walk through the tunnel to get back to Sangwangsimni Station.
Many injuries were caused by passengers jumping from the subway cars onto the tracks.
South Korea ferry toll reaches 244 as Park meets relatives
May 4, 2014 The confirmed death toll from the South Korea ferry disaster has reached 244, officials say, as President Park Geun-hye met relatives of those on board.
Ms Park told family members that those responsible for the ferry sinking on 16 April would be "punished severely".
The Sewol ferry had 476 passengers on board when it sank - 174 were rescued, and 58 remain unaccounted for.
Prosecutors say the ferry owner ignored safety warnings and allowed the ship to be overloaded.
Ms Park visited Jindo island, close to where the ship sank, on Sunday. It was her second meeting with the family members.
Family members of passengers aboard the sunken ferry Sewol stand to protest delays in the search operation at a group memorial altar in Ansan, South Korea, 4 May 2014
May 6, 2014 Diver searching S. Korean ferry wreckage perishes, death toll reaches 260
South Korean government officials have announced that a diver searching for dozens of people who disappeared in the tragic ferry disaster has died after losing consciousness underwater. The unnamed diver, 53, was combing the water off the southern coast of South Korea where the Sewol ferry sank, with his fellow divers pulling him to the surface after he stopped responding to their communications. The April 16 sinking left at least 260 people dead, the latest figures show, as government and civilian divers continue sifting through the area to locate the bodies of the 40 people still missing.
South Korea ferry captain charged with manslaughter
May 14, 2014 The results of an interim investigation has found that a sharp turn was the main cause of the sinking.
The Sewol made a sharp turn at a 15 degree angle before tilting and capsizing.
The overloading of cargo and the lack of water in ballast tanks to balance the load made recovery from its sharp turn difficult, officials added.
The captain of the sunken South Korean ferry has been charged with manslaughter, reports say.
Lee Joon-seok, 68, is accused of leaving the ship as it was sinking while telling passengers to stay put, reports Yonhap news agency.
He was among the first to be rescued by coast guards at the scene.
The Sewol ferry disaster on 16 April killed 281 passengers, most of whom were high school students. Another 23 are still missing.
Besides Mr Lee, three crew members - the chief engineer, the chief mate and the second mate - are also being charged with manslaughter. If convicted, they could face life imprisonment.
"The [four people charged] escaped before the passengers, leading to grave casualties," prosecutor Ahn Sang-don told journalists.
Prosecutors have indicted another 11 crew members for negligence.
Only 172 passengers survived the sinking of the ferry, including 22 of the 29 crew members.
South Korea hospice fire kills 21
May 28, 2014 20 patients and a nurse killed in a fire at a hospice in South Korea.
Six others are in critical condition after the fire at Hyosarang Hospital south of Seoul.
Most who died in their 70s and 80s and confined to their beds. Most suffocated because of toxic fumes.
An 81-year-old patient suffering from dementia seen entering an area where the fire began.
The fire broke out shortly after midnight at a 3-storey annex.
The nurse who died had been trying to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher.
The NWO UN Agenda 21 demands killing humans. I always wonder .....
Korean Air suspends Kenya flights
August 15, 2014 Korean Air Lines Co. is suspending flights to and from Kenya to prevent the spread of the Ebola virus.
Korea said it would stop operating flights between Incheon and Nairobi from August 20.
Ebola has not been detected in Kenya yet during this most recent outbreak.
Liberia acquired doses of ZMapp, enough of the drug to treat 3 people.
Massaquoi also said he was holding talks with the Canadian maker of another experimental Ebola drug. Canadia to donate up to 1,000 doses of its untested Ebola vaccine to the WHO. But manufacturer Tekmira Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday said further trials were required before it could make the treatment available.
Nigeria announced 11 confirmed Ebola cases, included 3 deaths and 8 being treated in Lagos.
Warships of rival Koreas exchange warning shots
October 7, 2014 SEOUL, South Korea — Warships from the rival Koreas exchanged warning shots Tuesday after a North Korean ship briefly violated the disputed western sea boundary, a South Korean defense official said.
The shots were fired into the sea and there were no reports of injuries and damage to the ships of either side, the official said on condition of anonymity, citing office policy.
Such exchanges are not uncommon at the sea boundary, the scene of several deadly maritime skirmishes between the Koreas in recent years. But the latest incident happened three days after a group of high-profile North Korean officials made a surprise visit to South Korea and agreed to resume senior-level talks.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday stressed the need to hold high-level talks on a regular basis, saying she hopes North Korea would show how sincere it is about improving ties.
The South Korean official said the North Korean ship was in South Korea-controlled waters for about 10 minutes before it retreated to its waters. He said a South Korea navy ship first broadcast a warning and then fired warning shots before the North Korean ship fired back at waters near the South Korean ship. The South Korean ship returned fire into the sea near the North Korean ship, the official said.
North Korean navy ships and fishing boats frequently violate the boundary drawn by the American-led U.N. command at the end of the Korean War in the early 1950s without the North's consent. The line cuts North Korea off from rich fishing waters.
The Korean Peninsula remains at a technical state of war because the Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.
Death penalty for captain of S Korea ferry
October 27, 2014 - South Korean prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the captain of the Sewol ferry, which sank in April killing 300 people. The prosecutors said Lee Joon-seok failed to execute his duty.
The Sewol ferry incident sparked nationwide mourning, and severe criticism of the government's handling of the rescue operation. Many of those who died when the ferry sank were teenagers on a school trip. During the course of the trial Capt Lee repeatedly told the court that he was confused and not in a normal state of mind when the incident occurred.
Ferry captain sentenced to 36 years in jail
11 November 2014 During the trial, Lee apologised for abandoning them.
The captain of the South Korean ferry which sank in April has been found guilty of gross negligence and sentenced to 36 years in prison.
The Sewol ferry was carrying 476 people when it went down. More than 300 died, most of them school students.
Lee Joon-seok was among 15 crew members on trial over the sinking, one of South Korea's worst maritime disasters.
Prosecutors charged him with homicide and called for the death penalty, but judges acquitted him on that charge.
The disaster was blamed on a combination of illegal redesigns, the overloading of cargo and the inexperience of the crew member steering the vessel.
Crew members did not secure cargo which moved when the vessel took a tight corner, toppling the ferry, and Lee was filmed leaving the sinking ship while many passengers remained inside.
South Korea nuclear plant closed after leak
December 27, 2014 - 2 reactors closed after deadly gas leak at hacked S. Korean nuclear plant.
A toxic gas leak killed 3 workers at nuclear reactor under construction. The incident comes in the wake of cyberattacks and threats against the reactor’s operator. Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power runs the sitem and suspects the deaths were caused by a leak of nitrogen gas from an underground cable.
Nukes in Arabia
March 4, 2015 - South Korea and Saudi Arabia agreed to build nuclear reactors in Saudi Arabia.
South Korea President Park Geun-hye and Saudi King Salman discussed cooperation during summit talks. President Park arrived in Saudi Arabia after a 3 day visit to Kuwait. Her trip will also include UAE and Qatar.
MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak
Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against traveling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.
In Korea, the number of infected people passed 100 this week, reaching 122 on Thursday. Tenth patient died from the disease, health officials said on Thursday. Most of the victims are elderly patients with other health problems unrelated to the virus. Over 3,250 people remain in quarantine.
Two people in Hong Kong who traveled to South Korea recently are being tested for possible MERS contagion, the authorities said on Thursday. Previously 31 people were tested negative in Hong Kong.
Earlier a man tested positive for the disease in China after coming from S. Korea, and a man in Taiwan was taken to hospital with symptoms consistent with MERS.
South Korean authorities are trying to stop the spread of the virus by closing schools and canceling public events. Neighbors in the region are scaling down tourist travel to South Korea, with Hong Kong alone scrapping 600 tours to the MERS-hit country.
Macau issued an advisory against traveling to South Korea.
S. Korean President Park Geun-hye postponed her visit to the US, which was scheduled for June 14-18. Park decided not to leave the country in a time of crisis, especially since the S. Korean government currently has no prime minister.
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MERS most likely spread to South Korea from Saudi Arabia, where the virus was first identified in 2012. At least 448 deaths are attributed to it, most of them in the Middle East, according to the World Health Organization numbers. The Korean outbreak is the largest so far outside the Middle East.
The virus is of the same coronavirus family that caused a massive epidemic in China in 2003 from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). So far there is no vaccine for MERS.
Regional concerns about the MERS epidemic come as increased international traffic in a globalized world makes contagious diseases more dangerous. The most-publicized recent outbreak – the Ebola virus in West Africa – was actually caused by a strain of the virus no more virulent than the first recorded epidemic in 1976, according to research published this week by the National Institutes of Health.
But the connectivity of the modern world and authorities’ hesitation to enforce quarantines to avoid economic harm, allowed Ebola to spread, causing at least 11,000 deaths, a record for the disease.
US military in SKorea on highest alert
Jan 11, 2016 - US troops stationed in South Korea have been put on the highest alert to deter any provocation coming from North Korea, following Pyongyang’s latest underground nuclear test.
The order was announced by Curtis Scaparrotti, the head of US military deployment in South Korea, who was visiting the Osan airbase, run by Washington and Seoul. Scaparrotti was touring the base, which is 55 kilometers south of the capital Seoul, together with South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Lee Sun-jin.
South Korea fires warning shots
Jan 13, 2016 - South Korea fired 20 machine gun warning shots after a North Korean drone briefly crossed the border. The North Korean drone turned back.
US fighters fly near N. Korean border
Feb 17, 2016 debka - Four US F-22 stealth fighters, accompanied by 4 US and South Korean warplanes, conducted a flight in South Korean airspace near the North Korean border, then landed at Osan airbase near Seoul. The planes joined the squadron deployed to South Korea, including B-52 heavy bombers, after the start of the latest crisis sparked by Pyongyang's missile and nuclear tests. South Korean President Park Geun-hye said that North Korea's steps may lead to the collapse of Kim Jong-un's regime.
Pyongyang plans to attack S. Korea
Feb 18, 2016 debka - South Korea intelligence said North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ordered his army to prepare a large-scale attack on South Korea, targeting government ministries, bodies supporting defection from North Korea, and public areas such as shopping centers, among others.
I'd be surprised - but not shocked.
Fat little runt is nuts and desparate with nasty friends
North Korea fires 3 missiles towards Sea of Japan
Sep 5, 2016 debka - North Korea fired three ballistic missiles Monday morning towards the Sea of Japan. This was discussed at the G20 summit in China. North has conducted 10 tests so far this year.
Seoul South Korea justifies US anti-missiles as self-defense, China says no. The Chinese President told S.Korea President Park that China opposes the US deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea.
Protest Against South Korean President Estimated to Be Largest Yet
SEOUL, South Korea — Hundreds of thousands of South Koreans filled central Seoul on Saturday to demand President Park Geun-hye’s resignation, in what appeared to be the largest turnout yet in a series of weekly protests against the embattled leader.
Despite cold weather and the first snow of the season, a crowd that organizers estimated at 1.5 million gathered to denounce Ms. Park, who has been accused by prosecutors of helping a friend commit extortion and is facing the possibility of impeachment within weeks.
The police estimate of the turnout was much lower, at 260,000, but the crowd seemed larger than at an enormous rally in the capital two weeks earlier. It was the fifth consecutive Saturday marked by a large protest against the president.
The demonstrations have been peaceful and almost festive. Street vendors sold candles, mattresses and hot snacks on Saturday, and a few roadside shops gave protesters free coffee. Buddhist monks beat wooden gongs as they marched. Mothers showed up with children, or with pet dogs wrapped in padded vests, and young couples bundled in winter coats sang along as loudspeakers blared catchy tunes calling for Ms. Park’s ouster.
One such song quoted from South Korea’s Constitution: “The Republic of Korea shall be a democratic republic.”
Prosecutors have identified Ms. Park as a criminal accomplice in the case of Choi Soon-sil, an old friend who has been charged with using her influence to coerce businesses into donating large sums to foundations that Ms. Choi controls. In news reports, Ms. Park has also been accused of letting Ms. Choi wield undue influence in state affairs.
Ms. Park, who cannot be prosecuted while in office, has apologized twice to the public over the scandal but has refused to resign as opposition lawmakers, major newspapers and some members of her own party have demanded.
Opposition parties hope to impeach her with the support of some lawmakers from her party. The National Assembly is expected to vote on an impeachment bill by Dec. 9.
No South Korean president has ever been removed from office through impeachment.
On Saturday, some protesters chanted, “Imprison Park Geun-hye!” as they marched toward the presidential Blue House. “Come out and surrender!” they shouted.
Hundreds of buses and thousands of police officers had been deployed to form barriers around the complex. One group of demonstrators was stopped just 200 yards from the presidential compound.
Protesters holding candles marched through central Seoul late into the night. Rock musicians performed on the main thoroughfare, replacing the lyrics of popular songs with phrases that criticized and ridiculed Ms. Park. Some people carried doctored images of Ms. Park in a prison uniform and handcuffed.
On smaller streets, citizens spoke to the crowd from the back of trucks. One teenage girl railed tearfully against Ms. Park for failing to respond effectively to the Sewol ferry disaster in 2014, which left more than 300 people dead, most of them teenagers.
She also criticized the government-written history textbooks that Ms. Park’s administration has said it plans to issue for use in all middle and high schools starting next year.
Protesters accused Ms. Park of trying to take South Korea back to the time when it was ruled by military dictators, including her father, Park Chung-hee, and the practice of shaking down businesses was commonplace.
At one point, at the suggestion of organizers, the protesters all blew out their candles to symbolize the darkness into which, they said, Ms. Park has led the country.
Many protesters said they wanted Ms. Park to be impeached, providing a dramatic end to her tenure.
“What we have seen happening at the Blue House is just like a soap opera,” said Kim Yong-jin, a high school senior. “We just hope that it ends like a soap opera — with poetic justice.”
S. Korea President Park impeached
Dec 9, 2016 - The South Korean parliament has endorsed a motion to impeach President Park Geun-hye over a scandal involving Choi Soon-sil, who has been indicted on bribery charges. The motion is yet to be approved by the Constitutional Court.
Park’s presidency will be suspended as soon as she receives an official letter from the parliament, and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn will become the interim leader. The Constitutional Court will review the impeachment and decide if it was justified.
Park is the daughter of former South Korean military leader Park Chung-hee. The situation was brought about because Park allegedly shared classified documents with Choi.
SKorean president refuses to testify in impeachment trial
SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean President Park Geun-hye refused to testify Tuesday in the impeachment trial that will decide her future, prompting the prosecutors to question why she has publicly denied the charges of corruption but will not do so before the court.
After Park's refusal, the Constitutional Court delayed the start of oral arguments and asked her to testify on Thursday, when some of her current and former aides are also scheduled to testify. The court cannot force her to appear but can proceed without her if she refuses twice to appear at the hearings.
Lawmaker Kweon Seong Dong, the chief prosecutor in the trial, questioned why Park (pronounced Bahk) cannot defend herself in court when just two days ago she vehemently rejected the accusations of corruption in a hastily arranged meeting with reporters at Seoul's presidential Blue House.
"It's not good etiquette to the justices and also inappropriate for the president, as the defendant of the impeachment trial, to say this and that to the media outside of court," Kweon told reporters.
B-52s to South Korea
Mar 9, 2017 - Donald Trump sends B-52 nuclear bombers to South Korea after North Korea fires missiles at Japan, and USA warns of overwhelming' response. Secretary of Defence General James Mattis said the US remains steadfast in its commitment to the defence of its allies. US plans to fly in B-1 and B-52 bombers built to carry nuclear bombs to show America has had enough.
South Korea president impeached
Mar 10, 2017 - South Korea's Constitutional Court removed President Park Geun-hye from office. Park, the country’s first democratically elected leader, was ousted amid rising tension with North Korea and a corruption scandal that also landed the head of Samsung in jail. A presidential election will be held within 60 days.
North Korea Threatens USA
Mar 14, 2017 - North Korea runt threatens USA as US special forces are participating in local drills, practicing the removal of Kim Jong-un as well as the infiltration and destruction of North Korea’s weapons.
North Korea threatened the US with merciless attacks if the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier group infringes on its sovereignty.
T-Rex Tillerson visits South Korea on Friday.
WSJ reported Delta, SEAL Team 6 Prepare to Take Out Kim Jong-Un, North Korea. LOL! I bet the TrumpTeam planted this! Hahaha!