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October 31, 2017

Is It Ever Really Appropriate to Use Nuclear Weapons?

The National Interest
In Senate estimates last week, Senator Lisa Singh raised with representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade the issue of possible use of nuclear weapons. ?In what circumstances?, she asked, ?does the government?s security doctrine anticipate that using nuclear weapons would be appropriate?? The breadth of the question seemed to catch DFAT by surprise.

October 31, 2017

Europe in Kim Jong-un?s nuclear crosshairs

The Washington Times
While on a recent trip to Eastern Europe, and talking with government officials in multiple jurisdictions, I noticed one change in the national security narrative that is new to this part of the world. Europe is realizing that North Korea can hit the continent with nuclear weapons. Kim Jong-un?s regime has multiple nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.

October 31, 2017

South Korea will not develop or possess nuclear weapons, president says

The Washington Post
President Moon Jae-in told lawmakers Wednesday that South Korea would not seek nuclear weapons and would never accept its neighbor North Korea as a nuclear-armed state. Recent tests by North Korea have led to a renewed debate about nuclear weapons in South Korea.

October 31, 2017

Pak Committed To Non-Proliferation, Disarmament: Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua

Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua today said the country was committed to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. She also stressed on promotion of export control culture through implementation of guidelines on internal compliance. She was addressing a day-long national seminar on 'Strengthening Strategic Export Controls by Internal Compliance' held in Islamabad, organised by the Strategic Export Control Division (SECDIV), Ministry of Foreign Affairs

October 31, 2017

Congressional Report Warns of Skyrocketing Costs of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal

A new study throws limelight on the skyrocketing costs of the current plan to sustain and upgrade U.S. nuclear forces and outlines several pragmatic options to maintain a credible, formidable deterrent at less cost. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study published on October 31 estimates that sustaining and upgrading U.S. nuclear forces will cost taxpayers $1.24 trillion in inflation-adjusted dollars between fiscal years 2017 and 2046.

October 30, 2017

Pope: Humanity risks ?suicide? with nuclear confrontation

Pope Francis warned Monday that ?humanity risks suicide? with the increased threat of nuclear confrontation between the U.S. and North Korea ? a threat that will dominate a Vatican conference gathering 11 Nobel peace laureates, top U.N. and NATO officials and ambassadors from key countries. The Vatican announced details of the Nov. 10-11 conference Monday, saying it was part of the Vatican?s longstanding effort to promote a nuclear weapons-free world.

October 30, 2017

Statement of Holy See Press Office on Nuclear Disarmament

Vatican Radio
The Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, has issued a statement on an upcoming conference on nuclear disarmament. ?The Holy Father is working with determination to promote the conditions necessary for a world without nuclear arms,? Burke said in a statement on Wednesday.

October 29, 2017

Trump team drawing up fresh plans to bolster US nuclear arsenal

The Guardian
The Trump administration is working on a nuclear weapons policy that is intended to mark a decisive end to the era of post-cold war disarmament, by bolstering the US arsenal and loosening the conditions under which it would be used. A draft of the new Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) was presented in September at a White House meeting between Donald Trump and his top national security advisers. Congress and US allies have been briefed on the progress of the new draft.

October 29, 2017

U.S., South Korea, Japan urge North Korea to cease 'irresponsible' provocations

Senior defense officials from the United States, South Korea and Japan held trilateral talks and urged North Korea to walk away from its ?destructive and reckless path? of weapons development, the U.S. military said in a statement. Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford hosted his South Korean and Japanese counterparts at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters in Hawaii on Sunday to exchange views on North Korea?s recent long-range ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

October 28, 2017

?Disarmament goals need to be achieved?

The Hindu
Srikakulam Member of Parliament Kinjarapu Rammohan Naidu on Friday expressed displeasure over the little progress in achieving the goals of nuclear disarmament.

October 27, 2017

Chinese scientists warn North Korea about disaster threat at nuclear test site

South China Morning Post
Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences? Institute of Geology and Geophysics briefed a North Korean delegation in Beijing late last month on the threat of an implosion at the mountainous Punggye-ri nuclear facility, about 80km from China?s border.

October 27, 2017

Pentagon chief says US seeks no war of Korean Peninsula

China Daily
US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said on Friday that the United States does not seek war but denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The US defense chief arrived in the Republic of Korea (ROK) earlier in the day for annual defense talks as tensions with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) climb ahead of a visit to the region next month by US President Donald Trump.

October 25, 2017

'Astonishing': Justin Trudeau criticized for not congratulating Nobel Peace Prize winners, keeping Canada out of nuclear treaty

National Post
The latest winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are urging Justin Trudeau to take on an international leadership role, but they haven?t even gotten a congrats. This is ?astonishing,? according to New Democrat foreign affairs critic H?l?ne Laverdi?re.

October 25, 2017

U.N. adds more items to list of prohibited goods for N. Korea

The Japan Times
A U.N. committee has added 32 items that have both civilian and military uses to a list of prohibited goods and technologies banned from sale or transfer to North Korea. The committee that monitors sanctions against North Korea said in a report to the Security Council circulated Monday that the additions range from boxes that can be used to carry radioactive materials to continuous cooling systems, flash X-ray machines and seismic detection equipment.

October 25, 2017

Trump says Russia hurting U.S. efforts on North Korea nuclear issue

President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Russia was hurting U.S. efforts to rid North Korea of nuclear weapons while China had been helpful. In an interview with Fox Business Network, Trump said it would be easier to resolve the North Korea nuclear issue if the United States had a better relationship with Russia. ?China is helping us and maybe Russia?s going through the other way and hurting what we?re getting,? Trump said of the North Korea situation.

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