‘ South Korean Soldier Who Killed Five Comrades and Injured Seven is Captured in Unsuccessful Suicide Attempt ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH KOREA (Seoul) – A South Korean soldier who killed five of his comrades and injured seven others, has been captured after an unsuccessful suicide attempt, the S. Korean Defence Ministry said.

A 22-year-old sergeant with the surname Yim shot himself on the side of his abdomen but did not kill himself.

He was later taken to a nearby hospital, added the official from the ministry who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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` French Police Arrest Daughter of South Korean Tycoon Believed to Be Owner of Ferry that Killed 300 People ‘

#AceWorldNews – PARIS – May 28 – French police have arrested the daughter of a South Korean tycoon believed to be the owner of a ferry that sank last month in a disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing, AP reported.

She was arrested in France and will appear before a judge Wednesday, judicial sources told AFP. Yoo Somena was detained early on Tuesday at her home near the Champs Élysées in Paris, officials said.

Police were acting on an international arrest warrant issued on May 8 by South Korean officials who suspect she was involved in embezzlement from 2004 to 2013.

A judge will decide later on Wednesday whether she should be detained in custody pending a decision on whether to extradite her to South Korea, which could take several months or longer if she contests it.

Yoo Som-Na is the daughter of Yoo Byung-Eun, the head of the family which controls Chonghaejin Marine Co., the company which owned and operated the Sewol ferry that capsized and sunk on April 16 with hundreds of high-school students on board.

Yoo and his eldest son Yoo Dae-Kyun are being hunted by Korean authorities who suspect breaches of legal safety standards may have led to a tragedy that moved the whole world.

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye on Tuesday denounced fugitive members of the family as the “root cause” of the disaster. The government has offered a half-million dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of the father and 100,000 dollars for Yoo Dae-Kyun.

Korean prosecutors want to question the two men, Yoo Som-Na and another son who lives in the United States in connection with possible charges of embezzlement, tax fraud and criminal negligence.

Yoo has no direct stake in Chonghaejin, but his children and close aides control it through a complex web of holding companies.

AP – AFP

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` South Korea Subway Explosion Caused by Electrical Fault Injures 11 People ‘

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – An electrical problem caused an explosion at a South Korean subway station Monday evening, lightly injuring 11 people, an emergency official said.

A part of the train’s electrical insulation device was damaged and triggered the explosion at a station in Gunpo city just south of Seoul, local emergency official Yoo Hyung-gi said. He said operations later resumed at the station.

The incident came as South Korean media ramped up their focus on allegations of widespread safety negligence in the country following a ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing last month.

AP

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` Rioters Attack Steel Mill in Centre of Vietnam Killing One Chinese Worker and Injuring Ninety ‘

#AceWorldNews – TAIWAN – May 15 – A top Taiwanese diplomat says rioters attacked a Taiwanese-owned steel mill in central Vietnam, killing at least one Chinese worker and injuring 90 others.

According to AP, Ambassador to Vietnam Huang Chih-peng said the violence late Wednesday and early Thursday happened at a steel plant owned by Formosa Plastics Group.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that five Vietnamese workers and 16 other individuals described as Chinese died Wednesday night during riots in the central Vietnamese province of Ha Tinh, according to a doctor at a hospital in the province.

Early Wednesday, rioters attacked factory buildings in a southern industrial park which were believed to have Chinese owners but were, in fact, mostly owned by Taiwanese or South Koreans. China’s deployment of an oil rig in the South China Sea earlier this month has sparked public anger in Vietnam, as the nation claims the waters as its own.

RT – AP – REUTERS

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` Two Subway Trains Collide in South Korean Capital Seoul and 172 People are Injured ,

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – May 02 – More than 170 people have been injured in the South Korean capital city of Seoul when two subway trains collided.

Briefing reporters, fire department official Kim Kyung-Soo said 172 people were wounded in the train collision on Friday.

There have been no immediate reports of any fatalities so far.

According to reports, one train was halted in Sangwangsimni station in eastern Seoul when the second train crashed into its rear around 3:30 p.m. (0630 GMT).

Meanwhile, the Yonhap news agency said that the two last cars of the stationary train went off the rails by the force of the impact.

Yonhap News – Press TV

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` South Korean Ferry Disaster Could Have Resulted Due to Overloaded Cargo Being Poorly Stowed ‘

#AceNewsServices – SEOUL – April 30 – (Reuters) – The operator of the South Korean ferry that capsized and sank this month with the loss of about 300 lives was apparently being squeezed by competition from budget airlines and had to increasingly rely on its cargo business.

The Sewol ferry sank on a routine voyage south from the port of Incheon to the holiday island of Jeju on April 16.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the accident but media has reported that the ship was overloaded with cargo and it may have been poorly stowed.

The ship was carrying 476 passengers and crew and had a capacity for 956.

The Korean Register of Shipping, which tested and certified the Sewol, stipulated that it should be loaded with no more than 1,070 metric tons of cargo and passengers combined.

It is not clear how much cargo it was carrying. Prosecutors have said determining the weight of the cargo is a key part of their investigation because of suspicion of overloading.

Latest news from the rising total of recovered bodies now stands are over 200 and still rising, with a number of the crew-members having been arrested. As l reported over the last few days a number of people including the country’s Prime Minister Chung Hong-won, who said he bore some responsibility for the handling of the situation.

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Reuters – April 29 – http://tinyurl.com/qjry8d4

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 27 – South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has resigned amid criticism of the government’s handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry. http://wp.me/p165ui-4Yp

BBC News – April 27 – http://tinyurl.com/od5oha5

April 26 – 13.02 GMT: (PressTV) April 26 – All 15 crew members involved in the navigation of a ferry that sank off South Korea’s south-western coast are now in custody.Divers have recovered 183 bodies from the submerged vessel, which capsized on its way from Incheon to the island of Jeju on April 16. http://wp.me/p165ui-4XV

April 22 19.06 GMT – #AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 22 – Two more crew-members from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol were arrested Tuesday, bringing to nine the total number facing charges, CNN reported. http://wp.me/p165ui-4US

April 21 10.22 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Tz

April 18 14.36 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4R1

April 16 20.12 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oh

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` South Korean PM Chung Hong-won Resigns Amid Criticism of Governments handing of the Ferry Disaster '

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 27 – South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won has resigned amid criticism of the government’s handling of the sinking of a passenger ferry.

He said the “cries of the families of those missing still keep me up at night”. Mr Chung will stay in his post until the disaster is under control.

The Sewol ferry with 476 people aboard – most of them students and teachers – sank off South Korea on 16 April.

Officials have confirmed 187 died, but scores are missing presumed drowned.

On behalf of the government, I apologise for many problems from the prevention of the accident to the early handling of the disaster”

South Korean Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said that furious relatives have repeatedly criticised what they see as the slowness of the recovery operation.

“The right thing for me to do is to take responsibility and resign as a person who is in charge of the cabinet,” Mr Chung said in a brief televised statement.

“On behalf of the government, I apologise for many problems from the prevention of the accident to the early handling of the disaster.”

He added: “There have been so many varieties of irregularities that have continued in every corner of our society and practices that have gone wrong. I hope these deep-rooted evils get corrected this time and this kind of accident never happens again.”

President Park Geun-hye accepted her prime minister’s resignation but did not set a last day in office. The PM would leave his post once the ferry disaster was under control, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

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  1. BBC News – April 27 – http://tinyurl.com/od5oha5
  2. April 26 – 13.02 GMT: (PressTV) April 26 – All 15 crew members involved in the navigation of a ferry that sank off South Korea’s south-western coast are now in custody.Divers have recovered 183 bodies from the submerged vessel, which capsized on its way from Incheon to the island of Jeju on April 16. http://wp.me/p165ui-4XV

  3. April 22 19.06 GMT – #AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 22 – Two more crew-members from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol were arrested Tuesday, bringing to nine the total number facing charges, CNN reported. http://wp.me/p165ui-4US

  4. April 21 10.22 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Tz

  5. April 18 14.36 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4R1

  6. April 16 20.12 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oh

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` South Korean Authorities have Arrested 15 Crew-Members and Recovered 183 Bodies in Ferry Disaster '

#AceNewsServices – SEOUL – April 26 – South Korean authorities have arrested four crew-members of the ferry that sank off the country’s southern coast.

(PressTV) April 26 – All 15 crew members involved in the navigation of a ferry that sank off South Korea’s south-western coast are now in custody.

Divers have recovered 183 bodies from the submerged vessel, which capsized on its way from Incheon to the island of Jeju on April 16.

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  1. April 22 19.06 GMT – #AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 22 – Two more crew-members from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol were arrested Tuesday, bringing to nine the total number facing charges, CNN reported. http://wp.me/p165ui-4US
  2. April 21 10.22 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Tz

  3. April 18 14.36 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4R1

  4. April 16 20.12 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oh

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` Barack Obama Stated that `North Korea ‘ Posed a Direct Threat to United States America ‘

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 25 – President Barack Obama stated that North Korea posed “direct threat” to USA.

The American leader made this statement after talks with South Korean President Park Geun-hye in Seoul, Yonhap news agency reported on Friday.

Obama stressed that provocative steps of Pyongyang would lead it to a greater isolation.

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` North Korea Prepares for Another `Nuclear Test ‘ Tunnels Already Sealed at Punggye-ri Test Site ‘

#AceWorldNews – PYONGYANG – April 25 – North Korea has completed preparations for conducting a possible nuclear test, Japanese media reported.

The sources in the South Korean government say that Pyongyang has placed detonators and measurement devices in one of the tunnels at Punggye-ri nuclear test site in the north-east of the country.


The entrance to the tunnel has already been sealed.

Earlier, a spokesperson for the National Defence Ministry of South Korea said that Pyongyang can conduct a nuclear test at any moment. He noted that South Korean intelligence has noticed increased activity in and round the Punggye-ri nuclear test site, where North Korea had conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

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` Two More Crew of the Sunken South Korean Ferry are Arrested as 121 Bodies are Found '

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 22 – Two more crew-members from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol were arrested Tuesday, bringing to nine the total number facing charges, CNN reported.

Four crew-members were arrested the previous day. Some of them said Tuesday they were unable to reach the lifeboats as the ship was tilting over.

The confirmed death toll from South Korea’s ferry disaster rose sharply to more than 120 on Tuesday.
The official toll stood at 121, with 181 still missing, AFP reported.

Nearly one week after the ferry sank, close to 200 of the 476 people who were aboard the 6,825-tonne Sewol are still unaccounted for.

The exact cause of the disaster is unknown.

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April 21 10.22 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Tz
April 18 14.36 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4R1
April 16 20.12 GMT: http://wp.me/p165ui-4Oh

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` US Pushing North Korea towards the Nuclear Arms Race and Greater Potential ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 22 (Interfax) – The upcoming trip by the United States President Barack Obama to the Pacific region will only intensify the confrontation and instigate a nuclear arms race, said a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry ahead of the U.S. leader’s visit to Japan and South Korea.

This trip, along with the growing intensity and scale of the joint U.S.-South Korean drills in the region, aims “to artificially keep the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) in tension and push it towards having to strengthen its nuclear deterrence forces and respond with military steps,” the North Korean Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson said.

“Washington needs that in order to stick a belligerent-nation label onto the DPRK and find a justification for its own military policy,” Pyongyang said.

“The DPRK does not intend to make a slightest concession on the fundamental issues of its national security or leave anything to a chance in the fear of baseless U.S. accusations of belligerence,” the spokesperson said.

“As long as the U.S. continues to remain on hostile terms with us, the DPRK will double its efforts to strengthen its deterrence forces for self-defense purposes so as to give a resolute response to this policy,” the spokesperson said.

During his Asian tour Obama will visit Japan and South Korea on April 23 – 26.

Meanwhile, Seoul notes signs of Pyongyang’s preparations for another nuclear test.

North Korean specialists may indeed be holding preparations for another test of a nuclear weapon, the South Korean Defense Ministry spokesperson Kim Min-seok said at a briefing in Seoul.

“Our military have noted increased activities in the Phunggyere site and in the immediate vicinity from it,” he said.

Earlier North Korea’s possible preparations for a nuclear test were reported by South Korean media outlets which cited unnamed military sources.

Nor has Seoul ruled out the possibility that Pyongyang could stage a provocation timed to coincide with Obama’s two-day visit to South Korea which begins on Friday.

North Korea held nuclear tests in 2006, 2009 and 2013.

Interfax – DPRK –
Contributions on Editorial – kk cm

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` Japan’s Minster Visited `Yasukuni Shrine ‘ Amid Controversy ‘

#AceWorldNews – TOKYO – April 12 – (RT) – Yoshitaka Shindo, Japan’s minister for internal affairs and communications, have visited the Yasukuni shrine, Japanese Jiji Press service and the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper said.

The temple honours Japan’s war dead, including several high-level officials executed for war crimes after World War II.

Chinese and South Korean authorities see the shrine as a reminder of Tokyo’s imperialist past and wartime aggression as over 1,000 war criminals from World War II are also buried there.

Japan is undergoing a period of distancing itself from its post-war pacifist policies.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made his first visit to the Yasukuni shrine in his present capacity in December over protests from some other Asian nations.

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` South Korean soldiers have found another ` Crashed Drone ‘ in ` Samcheok ‘ heightening Security Concerns ‘

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 06 – South Korean soldiers found a small crashed drone in the middle of a mountain in Samcheok, 290 kilometres east of Seoul, officials said on Sunday.

They were searching the area on a tip from local residents, who reported seeing an aircraft crash in the vicinity in October.

The new drone is identical to two others found in South Korea, which it believes were operated by the North Korean military, Yonhap news agency reported.

Two other drone crash sites have been discovered in recent weeks in the city of Paju in the west of the country, and in Baengnyeong Island near the maritime border between the two Koreas.

RT

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` South Korea summons Japan over ` Disputed Islet Claim ‘ and Plan to Promote its Stance on School Text-Books’

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – April 04 – The South Korean Foreign Ministry summoned the Japanese ambassador Friday over an alleged claim by Tokyo to a disputed set of tiny islets and a plan to promote its stance in school text books, AFP said.

Seoul formally conveyed its protest to Japanese Ambassador Koro Bessho over a section in Japan’s newly released foreign policy report ‘Diplomatic Bluebook 2014’.

The report identified the disputed islets – known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese – as Japanese territory.

“Our government expresses strong regret at Japan’s outrageous claim on our indigenous territory, Dokdo,” the South Korean ministry said.

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` Unmanned Drone Crashed on the `South Korean ‘ Island near the Disputed Maritime Border with North Korea ‘

#AceWorldNews – (Reuters) – An unmanned drone crashed on a South Korean island near a disputed maritime border with North Korea, a South Korean defence ministry official said on Tuesday, triggering an investigation into whether the aircraft was from the North.

The drone fell on Baengnyeong island at about 4 p.m. on Monday, according to Maritime Radio, when North Korea fired hundreds of artillery rounds in seas close to a disputed maritime line.

That triggered a similar show of strength from South Korea in response.

The South Korean military was trying to verify where the drone had come from and what its purpose might have been, and was also looking into any possible link to North Korea’s espionage operations, the military official told Reuters.

The official, who asked not to be identified, did not give any further details.

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` North Korea’s `UNHA-3 Rocket ‘ was built with Components from South Korea, UK and the United States ‘

#AceWorldNews – NORTH KOREA – March 29 – North Korea’s Unha-3 rocket was built with components from South Korea, the United Kingdom and the United States, UN experts revealed.

In a little-publicized March 10 report, the UN Panel of Experts also discovered the rocket contained off-the-shelf parts from China and Switzerland, while Soviet-era SCUD-missiles have also been stripped down for components.

The bulk of the components had not been obtained in violation of sanctions targeting the North, the UN said, adding their utilization “shows the ability of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) to assemble complex systems with globally sourced components.”

Many of the parts in question listed are widely available computer components. However, a US-manufactured video decoder, along with UK-made temperature and pressure sensors, were also recovered.

The panel noted that the South Korean parts consisting of electronic circuits and other computer parts were manufactured between 2003 and 2010. They were unable to trace the components back to the manufacturers however, due to “insufficient identifiers.”

However, placing these dual-use components on the North Korean sanctions list could prove problematic, analysts say.

“The current list of banned military and dual-use goods is already comprehensive. Adding more readily available materials to it would both risk infringing on legitimate non-military end-uses and be extremely difficult for member states to effectively implement,” Lawrence Dermody, an analyst specializing in illicit trafficking at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, told NK News.

“If you start to ban items that are not in themselves offensive, but that just might be used for building a missile, where do you stop?” an anonymous source familiar with UN sanctions told the news site.

Read More: RT – http://on.rt.com/dh3c11

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` Around 15, 000 South Korean and 10,000 US Troops start a 12-Day Exercise ` Code-Named ` Twin Dragon’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – SEOUL – March 27 – Nearly 15,000 South Korean and around 10,000 US troops kicked off a 12-day amphibious landing drill code-named Ssang Yong (Twin Dragons), on Thursday, AFP reported.

The exercises, which are the largest for two decades, come a day after North Korea launched two mid-range ballistic missiles.

The exercise will be conducted on the South’s south-eastern coast and will last until April 7.

“The scale of this year’s Ssang Yong is greater than any others in the past,” a US military spokesman said.

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` Japan hails the Summit Meeting between Shinzo Abe and Park Geun-hye and Brokered by Obama as chance to build a Rapport ‘

#AceWorldNews – HAGUE – March 25 – Japan on Wednesday hailed the first summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye as a chance to build a rapport after more than a year of back-biting, AFP said.

The talks in The Hague were hosted by US President Barack Obama, as Washington is increasingly frustrated by tensions between its two major Asian allies.

South Korean media said Park appeared unimpressed by Abe’s attempts to speak Korean during a photo opportunity, and Seoul has yet to make an official statement about the meeting itself.

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` Unidentified Gunmen have Kidnapped a ` Tunisian Diplomat ‘ in the ` Libyan ‘ capital of Tripoli ‘

#AceWorldNews – TRIPOLI – 22 March – Unidentified gunmen kidnapped a Tunisian diplomat in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Saturday, according to Tunisia’s foreign minister.

This is the latest in a long list of diplomatic abductions in the country; in January, a South Korean diplomat was kidnapped as he was leaving his office in Tripoli.

Five Egyptian diplomats were also briefly abducted.

Three years after the revolt against former leader Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is struggling to impose security as a melee of former rebels, Islamist militants, and ex-fighters refuse to disarm.

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