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PN's Voice No. 67  14. 01. 2016 
Small steps, Road to peace

S. Korea and China to Hold Military Talks on N. Korea

South Korea and China plan to discuss a joint response to North Korea's recent nuclear test during their regular working-level defense talks later this week, the Ministry of National Defense said Thursday. "This year's meeting is intended to discuss bilateral cooperation and exchanges in the defense segment as before, but countermeasures to the North Korean nuclear test will also be dealt with," a ministry official said. South Korea has been scrambling to forge a united front with China in making the North pay the price for the defiant nuclear detonation test. But China has subtly deviated from the international community's efforts for stringent punishment, putting "peace, stability and dialogue" ahead of harsh punitive action.

Against that backdrop, President Park Geun-hye called on China to play a "necessary role" in slapping stronger sanctions on North Korea during her televised national address Wednesday. Other salient issues to be discussed will include South Korea's repatriation of the remains of Chinese soldiers who fought in the 1950-53 Korean War. South Korea has sent home the remains of 505 Chinese soldiers, which were buried in South Korea's enemy cemetery, over the past two years, but the remains erroneously included those of North Korean soldiers.
Source : Yonhap News

U.S. Experts Advocate THAAD Deployment and Relisting N.K.'s as a Terror Sponsor

Victor Cha, Korea chairman at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said that the U.S. should relist North Korea as a sponsor of terrorism and deploy a THAAD battery to South Korea. Cha said that “U.S. officials should also give serious consideration to putting North Korea back on the State Sponsor of Terrorism list. The cyber actions against both South Korea and the U.S. in particular should be investigated as grounds for relisting."
Cha also called for deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system; "Though South Korea has expressed reluctance in the past, it is necessary to have a discussion about better missile defense cooperation, including the emplacement of THAAD on the peninsula.""If implemented correctly, such a strategy could strangle the regime. But it could also show the North that their weapons are unusable and that the only exit is a process of negotiation." Bruce Klingner, a senior Korea expert at the Heritage Foundation, echoed Cha’s sentiments saying "South Korea's indigenous missile defense system is insufficient to defend against North Korea's growing nuclear and missile threat,” and that South Korea should "request U.S. deployment of the THAAD missile defense system.
Source : The Korea Herald

White House: 'US Didn't Give North Attention it Craved'

A White House official says the U.S. didn’t want to give Pyongyang the “attention" Kim Jong-un wanted in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes explained yesterday why President Barack Obama did not mention the communist state in his last State of the Union address. He said Kim desired attention but the U.S. "didn't particularly feel compelled to give him that attention." President Obama was widely expected to make mention of North Korea in his address on Tuesday, as Pyongyang had conducted its fourth nuclear weapons test just days before. Rhodes, however, added that North Korea remained a “huge priority” to the president.
Source : KBS News

N. Korean Propaganda Leaflets Found in S. Korea Again

North Korean propaganda leaflets have been spotted for a second consecutive day on Thursday in South Korean border towns and other adjacent areas, police said. Police retrieved the leaflets in Paju and Ilsan areas, located just northwest of Seoul. South Korea believes North Korea floated the leaflets in an apparent response to Seoul's recent resumption of anti-Pyongyang broadcasts along the heavily fortified border. On Wednesday, President Park Geun-hye vowed to strengthen psychological warfare against North Korea, calling it "the surest and most effective" means. South Korea resumed anti-Pyongyang broadcasts as part of its punishment against North Korea over its nuclear test earlier this month.

Additional reports reveal that a North Korean drone briefly infiltrated the border with South Korea on Wednesday before returning home upon the southern military's warning shots.
Source : Yonhap News, Yonhap News

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