US Against Seoul Plan to Sell Jets Fearing Technology Leakage to Russia

The KAI T-50 Golden Eagle

 

The US government has opposed South Korea’s plans to export T-50 Golden Eagle supersonic training jets to Uzbekistan as it fears a possible leakage of technology to Russia, the Korea Times newspaper reported citing a military source on Sunday.

T-50 Golden Eagle was jointly developed by the Korea Aerospace Industries’ (KAI) and the American aerospace, defense and advance technologies company Lockheed Martin in 2006.Thus, under US Arms Export Control Act, Korea is obliged to coordinate its export deals with the United States.

KAI intended to sell 12 T-50 jets worth $400. Despite the US opposition, the Korean Ministry of National Defense still seeks to keep contacts with Uzbekistan on the matter.

“As Uzbekistan has close ties with Russia, the US is worried that an export of T-50 to Uzbekistan may lead to its technologies being transferred to Russia,” the source was quoted as saying.

Currently, South Korea exports T-50 to Iraq, the Philippines and Thailand.

Korean sailors visited Vladivostok flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet

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The Delegation of the Republic of Korea Navy met the Russian Navy Day in Vladivostok and visited the flagship of the Pacific Fleet missile cruiser “Varyag”, the head of information support of the Pacific Fleet, Captain of the 1st Rank Roman Martov said Monday.
“Sailors of the South Korea, headed by the commander of the operational command of the Republic of Korea Navy Admiral Om Yong Song, visited the historical sites of the fleet, met with the commander of the Pacific Fleet and the audience began to water-sports festival, dedicated to the Day of the Navy,” Martov said.

Dnepr to Put South Korean Satellite into Orbit in Late March

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The Russian   Dnepr rocket created on the basis of the RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile may be lunched with the South Korean Kompsat-3A satellite on March 26. This was reported by a source in the Russian space industry.

“We have agreed upon a new launch date with the South Korean customer. It may take place on March 26. The final decision will be announced in the next few days,” the official said.

It was earlier reported that the launch of the Kompsat-3A satellite was scheduled for March 12. It was planned to carry out a total of three space launches using the Dnepr rocket in 2015.

It should be noted that the previous launch of the Dnepr rocket with the Japanese ASNARO remote sensing satellite and four mini-satellites was performed in November. On June 19, the Dnepr delivered 33 spacecraft for various purposes.

US to Send More Troops to Joint Drills With Seoul, Pyongyang Fears Invasion

Osan U.S. Air Base in Osan

The annual military exercises are likely to contribute to escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang accusing Washington and Seoul of rehearsing an invasion into the country.

 

MOSCOW, February 16 (Sputnik) — The United States is expected to send more troops to the annual joint military drills with South Korea, scheduled for March, South Korean Defense Ministry said Monday.The annual military exercises are likely to contribute to escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula, with Pyongyang accusing Washington and Seoul of rehearsing an invasion into the country.

“As for the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle exercises, the total number of the US service members will be slightly larger than the previous year,” the defense ministry spokesman said as quoted by Yonhap news agency. However, the spokesman did not specify the exact number of troops to be involved.

In 2014, the Unites States sent 5,200 troops for a two-week Key Resolve drills with South Korea, and about 7,500 US forces were part of Foal Eagle exercise. For South Korea, this figure reached 10,000 troops for Key Resolve and 200,000 for Foal Eagle.

Although North Korea accuses the US and South Korea of rehearsing an aggression, Washington and Seoul claim the nature of the exercises is purely defensive.

North Korea has already carried out two test-fires of missiles in 2015. Last week, the country successfully launched five anti-ship rockets into the Sea of Japan, which is seen as a show of strength ahead of the US-South Korean joint drills.

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US, South Korean Navies to Carry Out Joint Exercise This Week: Reports

South Korean destroyer Uljimundeok during a fire drill to mark the fourth anniversary of North Korea’s artillery attack in the West Sea, South Korea, Friday, Nov. 21, 2014

Two US destroyers, a South Korean destroyer, a submarine and two helicopters are expected to take part in the joint exercise. South Korean Navy officials have not yet confirmed information about the drills.

 

MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik) — The United States and South Korean navies are planning to carry out a two-day joint naval exercise this week in the Sea of Japan, Yonhap news agency said Monday.The exercise is scheduled to start Tuesday, the agency cited an anonymous source in the South Korean Navy as saying.

The goal of the joint exercise is to improve the detection of intrusions into South Korean territorial waters, according to the source.

 

Two US destroyers, a South Korean destroyer, a submarine and two helicopters are expected to take part in the joint exercise.South Korean Navy officials have not yet confirmed information about the exercise.

On Saturday, North Korea asked the United States to give up its plans to carry out military exercises on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity. In return, the country stated its readiness to put off its nuclear tests temporarily. The United States rejected the offer, saying it was a hidden threat.

South Korean Navy ships arrive in Russia’s Vladivostok on visit

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Photo: South Korean Navy ships arrive in Russia’s Vladivostok on visit

December 18 - Two South Korea’s Navy ships have arrived in Russia’s port city Vladivostok on a four-day visit, chief of the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press service Captain First Rank Roman Martov said on Thursday.
The main goal of the visit of the ROKS Choe Yeong destroyer and the ROKS Cheonji combat support ship is to enhance cooperation between the fleets of the two countries, Martov said.
The guests are scheduled to meet with the command of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the authorities of the Russian Far Eastern city, as well as South Korean citizens living in the Primorye region. The vessels will be open to the public during the visit.
The South Korean sailors are due to lay wreaths at the Eternal Flame of the Russian Pacific Fleet Battle Honors Memorial and participate in sports competitions with their Russian counterparts.
 December 18 – Two South Korea’s Navy ships have arrived in Russia’s port city Vladivostok on a four-day visit, chief of the Russian Pacific Fleet’s press service Captain First Rank Roman Martov said on Thursday.
The main goal of the visit of the ROKS Choe Yeong destroyer and the ROKS Cheonji combat support ship is to enhance cooperation between the fleets of the two countries, Martov said.
The guests are scheduled to meet with the command of the Russian Pacific Fleet and the authorities of the Russian Far Eastern city, as well as South Korean citizens living in the Primorye region. The vessels will be open to the public during the visit.
The South Korean sailors are due to lay wreaths at the Eternal Flame of the Russian Pacific Fleet Battle Honors Memorial and participate in sports competitions with their Russian counterparts

Military Response to Korean Peninsula Disproportionate to Threat

South Korean destroyer Uljimundeok during a fire drill

Russian Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador at large Grigory Logvinov stated that the US and their allies military response to situation in Korean peninsula is disproportionate.

 

MOSCOW, November 22 (Sputnik) — The military response of the United States and their allies in response to situation in Korean peninsula are disproportionate to the level of war threat in the region, Russian Foreign Ministry’s Ambassador at large Grigory Logvinov said on Saturday.“It is necessary to start action on reducing degree of military tension in the region. This problem is very serious. We think that measures of a military nature taken in the framework of military alliance of the United States, South Korea and Japan are openly disproportionate to the nature of war threat. It causes concern in Russia and in China,” he said during Moscow Non-proliferation Conference 2014.

North Korea declared itself a nuclear power in 2005 and conducted a series of underground nuclear weapon tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Pyongyang’s nuclear program has triggered multiple protests from the international community.

Fearing that North Korea has the capability to manufacture a nuclear warhead that could be placed on a rocket, the United States has sent troops, tanks and armored vehicles to the neighboring South Korea to support the country in case of war. Japanese Aegis destroyers were deployed in the Sea of Japan, which carry missiles and are able to track multiple targets.

The two Koreas are still formally in a state of war, as no peace treaty was signed after the Korean War of 1950-1953.