Jul 29, 2014

Abe's flawed contingency plan

by Sentaku

If the barren state of Tokyo-Seoul ties continues, Shinzo Abe's call for the exercise of the right to collective self-defense as well as the protection of Japanese citizens on the Korean Peninsula in an emergency is doomed to become pie in the sky.

Jul 28, 2014

As U.S. kicks off crude exports, Iran casts a shadow in Asia

The United States faces an awkward rival in its first attempts in 40 years to export crude oil — Iran. Iran, whose economy has been throttled by Western sanctions that have halved its crude shipments, is now selling higher quality and cheaper oil to ...

Jul 26, 2014

Booze ban for U.S. airmen in S. Korea

U.S. airmen assigned to South Korea are banned from buying or drinking alcohol during their first 30 days in the country under a new rule underscoring the “serious mission” the troops face, officials said Friday. The program is meant to promote “mission readiness” as ...

MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

Jul 23, 2014

MH17 has strong echoes of 1983 Korean tragedy

The downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine has stirred memories of a 1983 incident when a Korean passenger jet was shot down by Soviet fighters in what then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan called a midair “massacre.” As with the Malaysian plane, the loss of ...

Police find body of fugitive South Korea ferry owner

Jul 22, 2014

Police find body of fugitive South Korea ferry owner

South Korean police say they’ve found a body of a fugitive billionaire businessman sought over April’s ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing. Police officer Wu Hyung-ho told a televised news conference Tuesday that the body was found at a ...

Jul 22, 2014

Japan, South Korea, U.S. begin search and rescue exercise

South Korea, the United States and Japan held two days of search and rescue drills south of the southern island of Jeju on Monday, South Korea’s Defense Ministry said. The exercise, known as SAREX, has been held once or twice a year. This week’s ...

Jul 21, 2014

National security official visits Seoul

A senior national security official has been visiting South Korea to explain Tokyo’s defense policies, including the Abe administration’s recent decision to allow Japan to exercise the right to collective self-defense, South Korean government sources said Monday. During his three-day informal visit, set to ...