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On this day July 27, 1953

An armistice was signed to end hostilities in the Korean War, officially making the Division of Korea indefinite by creating an approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) wide demilitarized zone running across the Korean Peninsula.

Korean DMZ

Korean DMZ

The area now as 한반도 비무장지대 in Korean is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.

The 38th parallel north—which cuts the Korean Peninsula roughly in half—was the original boundary between the US-occupied and Soviet-occupied areas of Korea at the end of World War II.

Upon the creation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, informally North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (ROK, informally South Korea) in 1948, it became a de facto international border and one of the most tense fronts in the Cold War. Read More…

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Nuclear Security Summit

President Barack Obama open the 47-nation Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.  The president says he wants new commitments to secure weapons-grade plutonium and uranium to prevent nuclear terrorism.

With concerns about the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea a major backdrop to the conference, this is the biggest U.S.-sponsored gathering of world leaders in more than 60 years.

The New START treaty was signed on April 8, 2010 in Prague by U.S. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev and Iran will hold the Tehran International Conference on Disarmament and Non- Proliferation, 2010, announced on April 4, 2010 and to be held April 17–18, 2010.

The Summit is the largest gathering of heads of state called by a United States president since the 1945 United Nations Conference on International Organization. Delegations from forty-six governments plus the United States are attending, thirty-eight of which are represented by heads of state or government. Read More…

North and South Korea exchange fire

North Korea and South Korea have exchanged fire near the disputed sea-border between the countries. There are no reports of casualties.

Border North and South Korea

North Korea fired approximately thirty artillery shells into the water on their side of the border, near South Korea’s Baengnyeong Island at 0900 local time (0000 UTC). The South retaliated with around 100 shots.

According to the North, it took place as part of an annual drill. The Korean Central News Agency said that the exercise “will go on in the same waters in the future”.

South Korea maintains that it responded by firing at the North’s shells. Later reports from the South said that North Korea fired more shells in the general direction of the disputed border some hours after the initial exchange. Read More…

S. Korea’s first space rocket

South Korea successfully launches its first space rocket, Naro-1, orbiting the STSAT-2A satellite.BBC Naro

The South Korean government in June 2009 officially approved the launch of the KSLV, which was expected to make the country one of the few in the world to have sent a satellite into orbit independently.

The launch, tentatively scheduled for August 11, received approval from the National Space Committee after experts reviewed all aspects of the flight plan established by state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute. Read More…

Cyber attacks strikes major websites

A series of organized cyber attacks strikes major public and private sector websites of South Korea and the United States against major government, news media, and financial websites in South Korea and the United States.

The attacks involve diverting large numbers of hijacked computers—commonly known as “zombie computers” or a “botnet”—to certain websites, causing them to overload. The South Korean National Intelligence Service estimates that approximately 20,000 hijacked computers, most of them in South Korea, have been used to conduct a distributed denial-of-service attack on U.S. and South Korean websites.

Symantec’s Security Technology Response group manager estimates around 50,000 hijacked computers have been used in the attacks. The timing and targeting of the attacks have led to suggestions that they may be originating from North Korea, although these suggestions are unsubstantiated. Read More…

NKorea cancels all agreements with SKorea

According to media reports in North Korea, the government has severed all political and military ties with its neighbor, South Korea. The North also canceled cooperation, non-aggression and reconciliation agreements that were agreed upon in the early 1990’s. N. Korea claims that the South is acting with hostile intent towards their government.

The report comes as the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea (CPRK) was quoted as saying that the South reduced North Korea to dead documents, “[pushing the two] to the brink of a war.” Read More…

Commercial cloning of pets

South Korean scientists have confirmed that they have completed the first ever commercial cloning of a dog to take place.

Bernann McKinney, who ordered the cloning for US$50,000, has said that she is pleased with the result of the cloning. “They are perfectly the same as their daddy. I am in heaven here. I am a happy person,” she said in a press conference delivered earlier today. The regular charge will be up to US$150,000, but was discounted for the first customer.

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