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December 31, 2017

UN Chief Issues 'Red Alert,' Calls for Defending Shared Values

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
United Nations Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres has issued "a red alert for our world" in his message on the occasion of 2018 New Year. It's probably the first time ever a UN Chief has done so. He does not explicitly refer to the nuclear muscle-flexing between the United States and North Korea, but warns: "Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War."

December 27, 2017

Duke of Edinburgh supported nuclear disarmament, letters reveal

The Telegraph
The Duke of Edinburgh supported nuclear disarmament and described the Cold War arms race as "ridiculous", newly declassified correspondence has revealed. Letters between the Duke, who served in the Navy in the Second World War, and Labour politician Lord Brockway show that he supported the views of his uncle Earl Mountbatten.

December 23, 2017

Will there be war with North Korea in 2018? 'Be prepared' Defense Secretary orders US soldiers

International Business Times
"Storm clouds are gathering" over the Korean Peninsula, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has declared. And as diplomats try to resolve the nuclear standoff, he told soldiers that the U.S. military must do its part by being ready for war. Without forecasting a conflict, Mattis emphasized that diplomacy stands the best chance of preventing a war if America's words are backed up by strong and prepared armed forces.

December 22, 2017

North Korea Expected to Test a Missile Loaded With a Live Nuclear Weapon in 2018

Newsweek.com
Experts have warned that if North Korea continues to further its weapons program at the rate it achieved this year, 2018 will likely see the test of a missile loaded with a live nuclear weapon. Shea Cotton, a research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, told The Washington Post that the device, which he called the ?Juche bird,? will probably be tested over the Pacific Ocean.

December 22, 2017

UN imposes fresh sanctions on North Korea over ballistic missile tests

International Business Times
In November, the hermit nation launched their most-advanced missile, the Hwasong-15, which Pyongyang claimed could reach mainland United States. The response from the international community was damning and the UN Security Council agreed on a raft of new measures designed to hinder the states capability to produce nuclear weapons.

December 22, 2017

Haunted by Hiroshima, Japan shuns nukes

Bloomberg
A glance at Japan's elementary school textbooks shows why the only nation hit by nuclear bombs is unlikely to embrace them despite the growing threat from North Korea. Among the first images of World War II is often a flattened Hiroshima, one of two cities leveled by U.S. nuclear bombs in 1945. The devastation, which left more than 200,000 people dead and tens of thousands reeling from injuries and radiation exposure, is taught in schools to children as young as 6.

December 21, 2017

S. Korea to propose inter-Korean military talks to N. K.

The Dong-A Ilbo
The South Korean government is considering to propose inter-Korean military talks to North Korea early next year with the condition that the North does not engage in any nuclear or missile provocation. According to multiple sources at the government on Wednesday, the South Korean government is currently in the process to develop a ?roadmap for denuclearization.?

December 21, 2017

North Korea A ?Substantial Nuclear Threat? To US, Kim Jong Un Says

International Business Times
As the United Nations Security Council gets ready to vote Friday on a resolution that toughens sanctions on North Korea?s weapons program, the isolated country?s leader Kim Jong Un said the nation was capable of posing a ?substantial nuclear threat? to the United States.

December 21, 2017

NK likely to launch another ICBM, seek nuclear talks next year: think tank

The Korea Herald
If North Korea perfects its intercontinental ballistic missile re-entry technology next year, it is likely to seek talks with the United States after declaring itself a nuclear state, a state-run think tank said Thursday.

December 21, 2017

Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in region: NCA

The News
Pakistan desires peaceful co-existence in the region and will endeavor to work with its neighbors to ensure strategic stability in South Asia, it was asserted in the 23rd meeting of National Command Authority (NCA) chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday.

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