May 13, 2015

South Korean soldier's shooting spree leaves two dead

A soldier in South Korea’s reserves went on a shooting spree Wednesday, killing a fellow soldier and injuring three comrades before shooting himself dead, a military official said. The incident will spur questions over the country’s rules on compulsory military service at a time ...

May 13, 2015

Amnesty tells South Korea to release jailed draft dodgers

Amnesty International on Wednesday called on South Korea to release hundreds of young men jailed for refusing mandatory military service, labelling their continued internment a “scandal.” Every able-bodied South Korean male between the ages of 18 and 35 is required to serve two years ...

May 12, 2015

Park says North Korea's submarine missile launch threatens stability

South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Monday that North Korea’s recent submarine-launched ballistic missile test posed a “serious challenge” to regional stability. She vowed a strong military response to any provocation from Pyongyang. Pyongyang’s state media announced Saturday that a new SLBM had been ...

May 11, 2015

Japanese, South Korean lawmakers meet in Seoul

Senior Japanese and South Korean lawmakers met Monday to discuss the agenda and schedule for a future meeting of lawmakers’ groups from the two countries to promote bilateral ties. Executives from the Japan-Korea Parliamentarians’ Union and a South Korean group of parliamentarians held talks ...

May 8, 2015

North Korea warns of strikes against South's navy

North Korea’s military warned on Friday of “unannounced targeted strikes” against South Korea’s navy, accusing the South of violating its territorial waters off the peninsula’s west coast, the scene of deadly naval clashes in the past. Pyongyang’s warning came during the annual crab fishing ...

May 7, 2015

Seoul lawmaker petitions UNESCO over Japan's World Heritage bid

The head of the South Korean National Assembly’s foreign affairs committee has sent letters to UNESCO panel members expressing opposition to Japan’s bid to register a group of 23 industrial sites for World Heritage status, a source close to the parliamentarian said Wednesday. Na ...