Seoul denies artillery being sold to US is destined for use in Ukraine

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      soryang
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      Hankyoreh Nov. 14

      On Thursday, the Wall Street Journal reported on a basic agreement reached between South Korean Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-sup and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on the US’ purchase of 100,000 rounds of South Korean 155 mm artillery ammunition in a meeting that took place during Lee’s visit to the US early this month. US officials closely acquainted with the agreement were quoted by the newspaper as saying the US planned to supply the ammunition in turn to Ukraine.
      Lee’s meeting with Austin came at the 54th South Korea-US Security Consultative Meeting (SCM), which took place in the US on Nov. 3.

      To date, the US has said it has provided or plans to provide Ukraine with 142 155 mm howitzers and 924,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition, at a cost of 1.2 million won per round. The situation has raised concerns in the US about its artillery stockpiles and production capabilities.

      On Aug. 29, the Wall Street Journal reported that stockpiles of 155 mm rounds were “uncomfortably low,” and that the US had been unable to speed up the production of additional ones.

      https://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_national/1067182.html

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      jbnw
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      They officially aren’t providing deadly weapons to Ukraine.

      Even if the shells go into US stockpiles, it allows the US to send “other” shells to Ukraine.

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        soryang
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        @jbnw I forgot to add my usual comments about Yoon, and his defense minister. They’re incompetent fools. They’re kissing up to Biden will do them no good whatever.

        Joel Wit has a interview over at the conservative English language Korea Herald, which in so many words saying Biden doesn’t know what he’s doing with North Korea. North Korea and China are closer than they have been in some time, because of the increasing threat of the US and its allies, military maneuvers, return of US carrier and strategic bombers, sanctions, etc. I describe the hostile US policy less charitably and in blunter terms; I don’t need to sell my opinions by taking an anti-China spin. But as to Wit’s main point. North Korea has a powerful ally in China. South Korea’s blundering alienation of Russia to support Biden’s Ukraine war is also just as stupid. This reckless policy of kissing up to US war strategies on Yoon’s part doesn’t serve South Korean national interests but jeopardizes them.

        Biden must alienate Pyongyang from Beijing for N.Korea policy to work
        US, S. Korea should put more diplomatic efforts toward transforming relationship with N. Korea
        By Ji Da-gyum

        http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20221114000669

        I doubt that this will happen. Sanctions, war, and threats of war seem to be all the inside the beltway crowd understand. Wit points out that the “allies” South Korea and Japan, are talking preemptive strike, getting their own nukes, etc.

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      To get to sit down with Kishida and Biden together, and play the great leader, Yoon Seok-yeol buys into the whole anti-China, Taiwan, South China Sea, Indo-Pacific program of Biden and Japan and more. To top it off, he made no headway on the Chips 4 damage to S.Korea’s semiconductor industry. There is also no indication that Kishida agreed to put S.Korea back on the so called “white list” for export of semiconductor raw materials to S.Korea. Yoon’s foreign policy skills are pathetic.

      Yoon, Biden, Kishida adopt comprehensive joint statement on N. Korea
      Posted on : Nov.14,2022 17:07 Hankyoreh

      “…The joint statement covers many issues including maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, emphasizing the three nations’ commitment to stand with Ukraine, and working together to strengthen supply chains for emerging technologies.”

      https://english.hani.co.kr/arti/english_edition/e_international/1067184.html

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