(SEOUL) RSF REPORT: Calls on legislators to reject anti-disinformation amendment which poses a threat to journalism #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.25: Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on South Korea’s legislators to refrain from adopting an anti-disinformation amendment which, in its current form, could be instrumentalised against the media….

#AceDailyNews says that on Wednesday 25th of August, South Korea’s Democratic Party, which holds a large majority at the National Assembly, will submit to vote an amendment to the Press Arbitration Act that will toughen civil penalties on media outlets held responsible for making “false” or “fabricated ”News reports. A coalition of seven media organizations, including the Journalists Association of Korea (JAK), a partner of RSF, called for the retractation of the proposed amendment, arguing that the definition of “false” or “fabricated” reporting is unclear.

The revised Press Arbitration Act would increase legal liability for the release of false news written with “intention” or “gross negligence” with a penalty of up to five times the alleged damage caused by reporting. It does neither include a detailed definition of the offense nor defines the system that proves the falsehood of the reporting and evidence of the perpetrator’s intention. In response to criticism, the ruling party recently revised the bill so that high-ranking government officials and major companies’ executives cannot seek punitive damage and that individual reporters are kept exempt from damage claims.

“The proposed amendment could open the door to any arbitrary interpretation and possibly be instrumentalised to put pressure on the media,” says RSF East Asia Bureau head, Cédric Alviani, who calls on South Korea’s legislators to refrain from adopting the bill. “ No matter the legitimacy of the fight against disinformation, legislators should never create new legal tools without ensuring they include sufficient guarantees, as court decisions can be very subjective on those sensitive issues.“

In order to address the growing presence of false and manipulated information online, RSF together with several other civil society organizations initiated the Forum on Information and Democracy , which published last year a set of 250 recommendations . The Journalism Trust Initiative (JTI), a mechanism to promote trustworthiness of news and information, is another project initiated by RSF and supported by the JAK in South Korea. 

In September 2019, the secretary-general of RSF, Christophe Deloire, was received by South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House, the presidential office in Seoul. 

In 2017, during a previous mission of RSF in South Korea, President Moon’s administration pledged for the country to rank 30th in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index by 2022.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.25: 2021:

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(DELHI) South China Sea Report: India has an aircraft carrier. It just finished its maiden voyage in China’s backyard. Those shipping lanes—one third of ocean-faring trade traffic—which China wants to claim as theres #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.09: If any of them have traffic trouble, India will have reason to sail to the South Sea and clear up the cause of traffic congestion—or what some might call trade blocking.

#AceDailyNews says India aircraft carrier has finishes its maiden voyage in the ‘South China Sea’ that provides one-third-of-ocean-trading that Beijing wants to claim as their own …..BUT India isn’t the only nation with a navy on the rise. Britain has its new aircraft carrier in the area. Germany wants to join the party. South Korea will join a scheduled US Navy exercise…..

Cadence
Pacific Daily TimesAugust 9, 2021

And, the Japanese want to hire the British carrier builders to make their helicopter carriers F-35-ready. India’s carrier was built by a collection of 500 companies. If anything went nuts in the Taiwan Strait or the South Sea or the Sea of Japan, moving over to the Indian Ocean wouldn’t be a wonderful option since India already has its patrol: Navies are snowballing in the East. If there’s money to be made in a Pacific scuffle, the convenient logistics of already having so many at the party could push the timing. Those islands-nations are in tumultuous waters.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.09: 2021:

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(SOUTH KOREA) #Coronavirus Report: Seoul posted its highest ever number of new daily #COVID19 infections within 24 hours, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency has said, in a third consecutive day of record high new infections #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – July.11: Starting on Monday, #coronavirus curbs will be tightened to the strictest level possible in Seoul and neighbouring regions for the first time:

#CoronavirusNewsDesk says that Seoul is preparing for strictest measures and lockdown starting on Monday after the country reported 1,378 new #COVID19 cases as of midnight on Friday, up from Thursday’s record of 1,316 and rising for the first time in neighbouring regions with about 11% of 52 million people having completed vaccination, including receiving both shots for vaccines requiring two doses, while 30% have received one dose, KDCA said in a statement according to Telegram Reuters Wire report

COVID19 REPORT:

People wait in line for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a testing site which is temporarily set up at a railway station in Seoul, South Korea, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/ Heo Ran

South Korea has so far fared better than many industrialised nations in infections and deaths, with a mortality rate of 1.22% and the number of severe cases at 148 as of Friday, which is much lower than the previous peak in late December.

However the rising trend has prompted a warning that new case numbers may nearly double by the end of July.

That has led to tougher curbs by the government including people being advised to stay home as much as possible and social gatherings restricted to two people after 6pm from four earlier in the day.

The country aims to reach herd immunity before November by inoculating 70% of the public with at least one shot by September.

South Korea’s total Covid-19 infections to date stand at 166,722 with 2,038 deaths.

The Delta variant is responsible for a growing wave of new cases in the region, which had previously managed the pandemic with some success, and the slow pace of vaccinations in countries including South Korea, Australia and Thailand is causing concern.

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: July.11: 2021:

#AceHealthDesk report ………Published: July.11: 2021:

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(SEOUL/JAPAN) Opinion Poll Report: In a joint opinion poll conducted by The Yomiuri Shimbun and the South Korean newspaper Hankook Ilbo, 88% of Japanese and 72% of South Korean respondents said the increasing military pressure China is putting on its neighbors is a threat to their countries #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – June.14: Japanese and South Korean respondents expressed a strong sense of caution against China in the survey, which was conducted in Japan and South Korea on May 21-23.

Survey: 88% of Japanese, 72% of South Koreans see China as military threat: Survey: 88% of Japanese, 72% of South Koreans see China as military threat — American Military News

By uwe.roland.grossJune 13, 2021

Members of a Chinese military honor guard

On the U.S. policy of increasing pressure on China over diplomatic, security and human rights issues, 59% of Japanese and 64% of South Koreans said their country should side with the United States.

Meanwhile, 68% of respondents in both countries said Japan-South Korea relations should be improved to counter China and North Korea. 

The survey results show that people in both countries feel the need to cooperate with the United States and to improve Japan-South Korea ties.

However, there were differences of opinion regarding economic relations with China. In Japan, 48% of respondents said the current situation should be maintained, 23% said ties should be strengthened, and 22% said they should be lessened. Meanwhile, 42% of South Koreans said ties should be strengthened, 33% said the current situation should be maintained, and 21% said ties should be lessened.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Jun.14: 2021:

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(OHIO) Justice Dept Report: A South Korean national pleaded guilty today to participating in a scheme to defraud the U.S. Department of Defense #AceNewsDesk report

South Korean National Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Defraud U.S. Department of Defense: ‘According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ohio, Hyun Dong Jo of the Republic of Korea was the designated manager under a Defense Logistics Agency contract to provide hazardous waste removal, testing, disposal, and related services to U.S. military installations in South Korea’

‘In that position, Jo participated in a scheme to falsify laboratory reports submitted under this hazardous waste contract’

From at least as early as February 2015 until at least June 2018, Jo submitted hundreds of falsified or materially altered laboratory reports, misrepresenting to U.S. military officials that laboratory testing and analysis had been performed on samples taken from U.S. military installations located in South Korea, when, in many cases, no such testing was performed. As part of the scheme, Jo emailed the forged laboratory reports and invoices seeking payment for those reports to the Department of Defense, causing the Defense Financial Accounting Service to wire more than $280,000 in payments.

“This charge reflects the Antitrust Division’s commitment to protecting taxpayer dollars spent overseas,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Richard Powers of the Department of Justice Antitrust Division. “Individuals who cheat the U.S. military in the performance of contracts will be held accountable. We hope this guilty plea will serve as a deterrent for other contractors who contemplate obtaining illicit gains through engaging in fraud while providing services for the U.S. military domestically or abroad.”

“The defendant forged lab results and falsely reported them to the Department of Defense,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Vipal J. Patel for the Southern District of Ohio. “Not only is this unsafe for the U.S. Forces installations in Korea where hazardous waste was not actually tested, but it also defrauded the Department of Defense out of $280,000. This office takes Jo’s conduct seriously and will continue to hold accountable anyone who attempts to defraud the government in this way.”

“Taking advantage of the DoD contracting system for one’s own enrichment is a clear violation of the law,” said Director Frank Robey of the U.S. Criminal Investigation Command’s Major Procurement Fraud Unit. “Our agents and our law enforcement partners will steadfastly pursue this type of scheme and all fraud that erodes the rule of law and the trust between the DoD and the contracting community.”   

“This case should serve as a cautionary tale for those who seek enrichment by way of deceit,” said Special Agent-in-Charge Stanley A. Newell of the Transnational Operations Field Office for the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS). “Anyone who attempts to defraud the Department of Defense with bogus and doctored invoices will be held to account. The special agents of the DCIS along with our investigative partners from the U.S. Army’s Criminal Investigative Command, are dedicated to protecting the integrity of U.S. military procurements around the globe; and ensuring that American taxpayers get what they pay for.” 

Jo pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. The fine may be increased to twice the gain derived from the crime or twice the loss suffered by the victims of the crime, if that amount is greater than the statutory maximum fine. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The Defense Criminal Investigative Service, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, and Defense Logistics Agency’s Office of Inspector General are investigating the case.

The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division Washington Criminal II Section is prosecuting the case. Special thanks are extended to Deputy Criminal Chief Brenda Shoemaker of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.  

Anyone with information in connection with this investigation or other schemes affecting the U.S. military’s procurement process should call the Antitrust Division’s Washington Criminal II Section at 202-598-4000 or the Antitrust Division’s Citizen Complaint Center at 1-888-647-3258 or http://www.justice.gov/atr/contact/newcase.html.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Mar.12: 2021:

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ Impose Financial Sanctions on Companies Allegedly Involved in Arms Trading ‘

#AceNewsReport – SOUTH KOREA: June.26: South Korea imposed financial sanctions Friday on a Syrian research center and six Taiwanese individuals and companies for their alleged involvement in arms trading with Pyongyang, AFP reported.

This is the first time such measures have been taken against a group or individual outside the Korean Peninsula.

Among the blacklisted are Syria’s Scientific Studies and Research Center and Taiwanese companies – Global Interface Company, Trans Merits and Trans Multi Mechanics.

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MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak

#AceNewsServices -Featured Post: South Korea:June.11: Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against travelling 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.

Workers in full protective gear disinfect the interior of a subway train at a Seoul Metro’s railway vehicle base in Goyang, South Korea, June 9, 2015 (Reuters / Kim Hong-Ji)

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.

MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak
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AUSTRALIA: Deny they paid any bribes to #FIFA officials ‘

#AceNewsReport – #BreakingUpdate AUSTRALIA:June.09: Australia has denied any brides were received by them in 2020 World Cup bid.

Australia secured only one vote despite ploughing Aus$43 million (US$32 million) into its pitch. It was competing against the United States, Japan, South Korea and Qatar, which was controversially awarded the tournament.

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SOUTH KOREA; ‘ MERS claims 6 more lives with 23 new confirmed cases ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:SOUTH KOREA:June.08: Six people have died of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and there are 23 new cases of the disease have been confirmed, South Korean media reported Monday.

Since May 20, 87 MERS infection cases have been registered in the country, according to the Yonhap news agency.

The government says the situation remains under control, as more than 500 schools have been temporarily closed and more than 1,000 people have been put under quarantine. The MERS viral respiratory disease is caused by a new strain of a coronavirus (MERS‐CoV).

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of the typical symptoms of MERS, which are a fever, coughing and shortness of breath.

The first time MERS was registered was in Saudi Arabia in 2012.

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PYONGYANG: ‘ NORTH KOREA REJECTS SOUTH KOREA’S HIGH LEVEL TALKS MEETING ‘

#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – October 29 – North Korea rejected South Korea’s proposal for high-level talks this week, Yonhap news agency quoted the South Korean Unification Ministry as saying Wednesday.

“We express disappointment that it become difficult to open high-level talks on Oct. 30, as we proposed, due to North Korea’s attitude,” the ministry’s spokesman, Lim Byeong-cheol, said at a press briefing.

North Korea responded via fax, expressing its opposition to the spread of leaflets across the border, adding that the South was not interested in talks, and demanding an end to the dissemination of leaflets.

Several activist groups in South Korea have been spreading the leaflets, criticizing the North Korean regime.

South Korea has repeatedly stated that it will not try to control activists’ freedom of speech, calling the North’s demands “unjust.”

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SEOUL: ‘ SOUTH KOREAN PROSECUTORS DEMAND DEATH PENALTY FOR CAPTAIN OF FERRY DISASTER’

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – South Korean prosecutors on Monday demanded the death penalty for the captain of a ferry that sank earlier this year, killing more than 300 people, blaming his negligence and failure to rescue passengers in need for the massive loss of life, a court official and news reports said.

Prosecutors also requested life sentences for three other key crew members during a trial at the Gwangju District Court in southern South Korea, a court official said on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak to the media about the sentence requests.

He said prosecutors asked for sentences of up to 30 years for 11 other crew members.

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ SCHEDULED TO HOLD DEFENCE TALKS WITH US OVER DEAL TO STRENGTHEN COMBINED DEFENCE STRATEGIES ‘

#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – October 20 – The foreign and defence minsters from South Korea and the United States are scheduled to have a meeting later this week to discuss an array of security issues, Seoul’s foreign ministry said Monday.

South Korea and the U.S. plan to hold a “two plus two” meeting of their foreign and defense ministers Thursday afternoon (Washington Time) in the U.S. capital, according to the foreign ministry.

The planned meeting will bring together South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, Defense Minister Han Min-koo, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

“The two sides are fine-tuning the agenda for the meeting,” a foreign ministry official said without elaborating.

The planned meeting, the third of its kind, comes on the heels of the agreement made between South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.S. President Barack Obama at a summit in April.

Such talks were held in 2010 and 2012 when the two countries discussed how to strengthen their alliance and cope with North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.

The two allies will hold their annual defense ministers‘ talks, known as the Security Consultative Meeting (SCM), before the two plus two meeting opens.

Seoul and Washington are expected to unveil a deal on delaying the planned transfer of the wartime operational control (OPCON) of South Korean forces from Washington to Seoul while reaffirming joint efforts to strengthen combined defense capabilities.

It is widely expected that the two sides are taking a “conditions-based approach” to the issue of delaying the OPCON transfer.

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ BORDER GUARDS ON BOTH SIDES EXCHANGE GUNFIRE IN SHOOT-OUT ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – October 18 – Border guards of the rival Koreas exchanged gunfire Sunday along their heavily fortified border in the second such shoot-out in less than 10 days, South Korean officials said.

S. KOREA: 2 KOREAS EXCHANGE GUNFIRE ALONG BORDER

S. KOREA: 2 KOREAS EXCHANGE GUNFIRE ALONG BORDER

The shoot-out occurred after South Korean soldiers broadcast warning and fired warning shots against about 10 North Korean soldiers who were approaching to the military demarcation line inside the Demilitarized Zone that bisects the Korean Peninsula, according to a statement from South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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SEOUL: ‘ NORTH KOREAN DEFECTOR SETS-UP TIMER RELEASED LEAFLETS CONDEMNING PYONGYANG’S DICTATORSHIP’

South Korea-based activists recently launched balloons loaded with propaganda leaflets over the country’s heavily militarized northern land border, triggering a volley of gunfire between border security guards and forcing a bilateral relations dialog to the point of collapse.

Leaflets - Screenshot from 2014-10-16 17:41:35

The airborne leafleting effort is nothing new. Lee Min-bok, a North Korean defector, and his group, the Campaign For Helping North Korea in Direct Way (sic), have used balloons to send printed messages, CDs and even little radios tuned for uncensored news and information, into the country since at least 2003.

North Korean defector Lee Min-bok sets up timer to release leaflets condemning Pyongyang’s dictatorship after balloon carrying the propaganda crosses in the country, Pocheon, South Korea, Oct. 15, 2014.North Korean defector Lee Min-bok sets up timer to release leaflets condemning Pyongyang’s dictatorship after balloon carrying the propaganda crosses in the country, Pocheon, South Korea, Oct. 15, 2014.

“The balloon launch is a primitive humanitarian activity for human rights, which opens eyes, ears and mouths of North Korean people that have been closed by the North Korean regime,” said Lee, an evangelical Christian and former North Korean agricultural scientist.

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SEOUL: ‘ North and South Korea Hold First Top-Level Military Talks Behind Close Doors ‘

#AceNewsServices – SEOUL – October 15 – South and North Korea held their first high-level military talks in seven years on Wednesday, but failed to reach agreement on pending issues such as inter-Korean clashes near the tense western maritime border, Seoul’s defence ministry said.

“The two representatives of both countries held the closed-door contact involving military officials from 10 a.m. at the truce village of Panmunjom after North Korea proposed the meeting to discuss the recent exchange of fire between their patrol boats in the Yellow Sea,” defense ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said.

The meeting, which ended at 3:10 p.m., failed to produce any meaningful agreements “due to the differences between the two sides,” he added.

Last week, South and North Korean patrol boats briefly exchanged fire after a North Korean naval vessel violated the NLL, the de facto maritime border in the Yellow Sea.

Heightening tensions further, the communist country on Friday fired anti-aircraft machine guns at balloons containing leaflets criticizing the authoritarian regime.

After some of the shots landed south of border, the two sides traded machine gun fire.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Pyongyang demanded the South “ban its ships from entering the areas it claims as the inter-Korean sea border, stop civic groups from sending propaganda leaflets and refrain from slander including in the press,” Kim said.

Drawn by the U.S.-led United Nations Command at the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, the NLL acts as the de facto sea border between the two Koreas. It is not recognized by Pyongyang.

In response, South Korea called on the North to abide by the NLL, stressing that it is “not possible for the democratic government to control civic groups or media,” according to the ministry.

“Despite being very serious throughout the talks with a will to improve the bilateral ties, the two sides failed to narrow the differences, which caused the meeting to end without specific agreements,” Kim said.

The talks between generals on both sides were reportedly held at the border truce village of Panmunjom.

The South’s Defense Ministry declined to comment on the report, AFP said.

The last time such discussions were held in December 2007.

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KOREA: ‘ North and South Exchange Gunfire As Propaganda Leaflets Denounce Pyongyang Regime ‘

#AceNewsServices – October 10 – North and South Korean soldiers have exchanged gunfire across their mutual border after gas-filled balloons

' Gas-Filled Balloons filled with Propaganda to Denounce Pyongyang Regime '

‘ Gas-Filled Balloons filled with Propaganda to Denounce Pyongyang Regime ‘

With propaganda leaflets denouncing the Pyongyang regime were floated from the South Korean township of Hapsuri.

At 2 pm local time (0500 GMT) Friday, North Korean border guards sprayed bullets across the border.

South Korean soldiers retaliated and both sides peppered each other with gunfire for some time.

No casualties were reported on either side, yet some residents of Hapsuri had to be evacuated.

Earlier and for the first time in three years, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wasnot on a list of dignitaries at a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of the ruling Workers’ Party.

An official state media dispatch listed senior government, military and party officials who paid their respects at an event marking the party’s 69th anniversary, but not Kim.

It said a flower basket with Kim’s name on it was placed before statues of his father and grandfather, both of whom also ruled North Korea. Kim, who is thought to be 31, hasn’t been seen performing his customary public duties in state media since he attended a concert Sept. 3.

He had been walking with a limp and was more overweight than usual in images that aired before that.

An official documentary from late last month described him as dealing with “discomfort,” which led to international speculation that he may be ill. (AP)

Sources: AP – RT – Kyodo – Euronews

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NORTH KOREA: ‘ Kim Jong-Un Disappears Whereabouts Unknown ‘

#AceNewsServices – NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 08 – North Korea’s portly 31-year-old supreme leader has not been seen in public in more than month at a time when a high-level delegation has made a surprise visit to South Korea in an apparent peace initiative.

' Surprise Visit of a High-Level Delegation from North Korea visits South Korea '

‘ Surprise Visit of a High-Level Delegation from North Korea visits South Korea ‘

His disappearance from public view has stirred rumours of coups, health problems and even a low-grade civil war in the Hermit Kingdom. Though it could be linked to our recent post on his leadership being a puppet government, either way his whereabouts are still unknown.    

Kim Jong Un, who succeeded his father Kim Jong Il in 2011, was last seen Sept. 3 attending a music concert with his wife Ri Sol Ju. The state newspaper Rodong Sinmun showed the pair sitting in front-row seats for the performance by an all-girl troupe, the BBC reports.

He was a no-show when the North Korean parliament convened Sept. 26 for its second session of the year. On Tuesday, Kim Jong Un did not attend a national meeting to mark the 17th anniversary of the election of his father as general secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea,the South Korean Yonhap news agency reports.

A recent official documentary only shows footage from August of the North Korean leader limping while commemorating the 20th anniversary of the death of the country’s founder.

The film mentioned he had been feeling “discomfort,” the BBC reports. 

His sudden low profile coincides with the surprise visit Saturday by a high-level North Korean delegation to the South Korean port city of Incheon to attend the close of the Asian Games, which included North Korean athletes.

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#AceNewsServices – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – October 07 – A South Korean naval ship fired warning shots on Tuesday after a North Korean patrol boat crossed a disputed sea border off the peninsula’s west coast and fired shots back before retreating, a South Korean defence official said.

There were no casualties on the South Korean side and none of the shots by either side was aimed at the other’s vessel, he told Reuters.

' South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border '

‘ South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border ‘

It was the latest in a series of similar altercations near Yeonpyeong island, which was bombed by the North in 2010 killing four people, including two civilians.

' South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border '

‘ South and North-Korea Ships Fire Shots on Disputed Sea Border ‘

The area near Yeonpyeong has been the scene of clashes in the past that killed scores of sailors on both sides, with North Korean vessels frequently crossing the so-called Northern Limit Line, which it refuses to recognise as the maritime border.

The stand-off came after a surprise visit by the highest-level delegation by North Korea at the weekend, comprised of a top military aide to the North’s leader, Kim Jong Un, who met South Korean officials.

They agreed to resume dialogue on improving ties that had been cut off in February, raising hope for a breakthrough in the relationship between the rivals which remain in a technical state of war under a truce ending their 1950-53 war.

In 2010, a South Korean navy ship patrolling the area was hit and sunk in a torpedo attack killing 46 of the sailors on board. South Korea blames the North for the attack but Pyongyang denies involvement.

The attack led to the South cutting off all political and commercial exchange with the North except for a factory zone in the North Korean city of Kaesong where South Korean companies operate manufacturing facilities.

In recent years, Seoul has allowed small private groups to visit the North, mostly on humanitarian or religious trips.

(Reporting by Jack Kim and Ju-min Park; Editing by Nick Macfie)

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NORTH KOREA: ‘ Regional Arms Race on the Cards Should US Deploy Missile Defence System (THAAD) in South Korea ‘

#AceNewsServices NORTH KOREA (Pyongyang) – October 2 – North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) warned on Thursday of a regional arms race that could escalate if an advanced US missile defence system is deployed in South Korea.

The deployment of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) “will entail political and military confrontation, and will lead to the arms race in North-East Asia,” the agency said in a commentary published in local newspapers.

The warning comes in response to Washington’s statements that the possible deployment of the THAAD, a key element of the multi-layered global US missile defence program, is set to counter the growing military threat from North Korea.

A top American defence official, Deputy Secretary of Defence Robert Work, told South Korea’s Yonhap news agency on Tuesday that Washington and Seoul are in talks about the possible deployment of the THAAD.

The US has already moved one THAAD battery to the Pacific island of Guam “in response to North Korean provocations,” he said.

The KCNA news agency said the United States is seeking to use South Korea “to fulfil its strategy aimed at gaining dominance in the Asia-Pacific”, and then “a major armed conflict could erupt.”

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SOUTH KOREA: ‘ Navy Fire Warning Shots Across Bough of North’s Patrol Boat ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – September 19 – The South Korean navy fired warning shots Friday to end a brief incursion by a North Korean patrol boat across the sensitive maritime border, AFP reported.

' Fires Missile Across Bough of North Korea's Patrol Boat '

‘ Fires Missile Across Bough of North Korea’s Patrol Boat ‘

The patrol boat came around 900 meters inside the South’s side of the disputed Yellow Sea border shortly after midday (03:00 GMT), Seoul’s Defence Ministry said.

One of our naval vessels gave a verbal warning by loudspeaker and then fired six warning rounds,” a spokesman said. The North Korean ship returned across the border minutes later.

It was the first such boundary violation in four months, according to Seoul.

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