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March 20, 2017

The Ultimate Guide to North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Program

The National Interest
The Democratic People?s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has pursued a nuclear weapons program for decades. In 2006, despite sanctions and economic hardship, North Korea tested its first nuclear weapon. It has since conducted two more successful tests in 2009 and 2013. That is pretty much the extent of unclassified knowledge about Pyongyang?s nuclear arsenal.

March 20, 2017

North Korea Threat: Japan and Russia Team Up to Stop Kim Jong Un's Nuclear Ambitions
Russia and Japan have promised to work together to curb North Korea's nuclear expansion, according to multiple reports Monday. Officials from the two countries discussed foreign policy and security issues for the first time since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. Foreign and defense officials left the "two-plus-two" talk with a commitment on both sides to work to stop the North's repeated recent illegal missile tests.

March 20, 2017

NK vows continued nuclear deterrent steps against US hostile policy

The Korea Herald
North Korea on Monday hinted at additional provocations by vowing that it will continue to take nuclear deterrent steps against the US' hard-line policy toward it.

March 20, 2017

North Korea?s Test of Rocket Engine Shows ?Meaningful Progress,? South Says

The New York Times
North Korea?s latest test of a rocket engine showed that the country was making ?meaningful progress? in trying to build more powerful rockets and missiles, South Korean officials said on Monday. North Korea said on Sunday that it had conducted a ground jet test of a newly developed high-thrust missile engine, which its leader, Kim Jong-un, called ?a great event of historic significance.?

March 19, 2017

Amid North Korea threat, Tillerson hints that ?circumstances could evolve? for a Japanese nuclear arsenal

Santa Barbara Independent
The possibility of a nuclear-armed Japan has again been raised by the Trump administration, after U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson appeared to say in an interview ahead of his visit to Beijing that, with ?all options on the table? regarding the North Korean threat, ?circumstances could evolve? in terms of Tokyo acquiring atomic weapons.

March 19, 2017

Xi and Tillerson pledge cooperation on nuclear-armed North Korea

With warm words from Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ended his first trip to Asia since taking office with an agreement to work together with China on North Korea and putting aside trickier issues.

March 18, 2017

The Cassandras are warning of nuclear doom ? so why doesn?t Canada seem to care?

The Globe and Mail
Douglas Roche does not want to be Cassandra. No one wants to be Cassandra in the field of nuclear prophecy, because the thing about Cassandra is that her terrible visions came true. The other thing about Cassandra is that no one listened to her. Mr. Roche ? who was once a member of Parliament and senator, Canada?s ambassador for disarmament to the United Nations, and chair of the UN Disarmament Committee ? is now 87.

March 17, 2017

Rex Tillerson on North Korea: Military action 'an option'

The US has said its policy of "strategic patience" with North Korea is over and suggested it might decide to take pre-emptive military action. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the option was "on the table" if the threat from the North's weapons programme reached a level requiring it.

March 17, 2017

What Should China and the US Do About North Korea?

The Diplomat
The question of how to best approach North Korea and its rapidly advancing missile and nuclear programs is a source of much debate in both China and the United States. The Diplomat and Dunjiao (formerly Consensus Net) spoke with a variety of Chinese and U.S. experts to get their advice on how to tackle this thorny issues. The responses are below.

March 16, 2017

Tillerson says diplomacy with North Korea has ?failed?; Pyongyang warns of war

The Washington Post
The Trump administration made a clear break Thursday with diplomatic efforts to talk North Korea out of a nuclear confrontation, bringing the United States and its Asian allies closer to a military response than at any point in more than a decade. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that 20 years of trying to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear program had failed and that he was visiting Asia ?to exchange views on a new approach.?

March 15, 2017

The Nuclear Danger Posed by Trump Has Only Grown

Alter Net
As if you didn?t have other things to worry about, add ?think about the threat of nuclear war? to your to-do list. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists says we are, metaphorically speaking, only two and half minutes away from nuclear doomsday, the Bulletin's closest Armageddon estimate since the early 1980s. Former Defense Secretary William Perry says he is "terrified."

March 15, 2017

The US government just declassified 750 nuclear-weapons movies and put a bunch on YouTube

Business Insider
In its quest for Cold War military superiority, the United States detonated more than 1,000 nuclear weapons. Government researchers blew up many of the bombs on the ground and others in ocean atolls. Yet as threats moved into space and concerns increased about fallout ? soil and other material that's sucked into a blast and becomes radioactive ? the US exploded 210 of the terrifying devices high in the atmosphere.

March 15, 2017

UN nuclear disarmament talks: UK Government not attending discussions labelled 'reckless and irresponsible'

The Independent
The Government has been called ?reckless and irresponsible? after it refused to send a single representative to United Nations (UN) talks about a ban on nuclear weapons. The Foreign Office revealed that no one from the UK attended a February meeting ahead of the negotiations and no one would go to the discussions when they take place later this month.

March 15, 2017

Chinese premier: Dialogue key to North Korea denuclearization

China's second most powerful politician said Wednesday that North Korea's nuclear issue should be resolved through dialogue among all concerned parties. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang's remarks come a few days ahead of a visit from U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who may bring up the issue of North Korea in meetings with Beijing's diplomats, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported.

March 14, 2017

China Should Keep Squeezing North Korea

Rocket launches galore in North Korea. Colours and flames in the sky. It?s all a bit like a peacock spreading his tail. Murders abound. Is this a butcher?s shop ? an uncle, a half-brother and a couple of high-placed generals and no doubt others?

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