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September 10, 2017

Trump says U.N. North Korea sanctions only small step

Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that the latest U.N. sanctions on North Korea were only a very small step and nothing compared what would have to happen to deal with the country?s nuclear program.

September 10, 2017

North Korea Warns of a Harsh Response If New Sanctions Are Imposed

TIME
North Korea says it will make the United States pay a heavy price if a proposal Washington is backing to impose the toughest sanctions ever on Pyongyang is approved by the U.N. Security Council this week. The North's Foreign Ministry issued a statement early Monday saying it is watching the United States' moves closely and threatened it is "ready and willing" to respond with measures of its own.

September 9, 2017

Everything You Need to Know: The History of U.S. Nuclear Weapons in South Korea

The National Interest
At the height of the Cold War deployment, U.S. nuclear weapons in South Korea numbered approximately 950 weapons of all types. By the 1970s the Army and Air Force had phased out all nuclear rockets, surface to surface missiles, and cruise missiles from South Korea, leaving artillery shells and gravity bombs the only tactical nuclear weapons remaining in-country. The United States pulled all tactical nuclear weapons out of South Korea in 1991.

September 9, 2017

France discusses increased pressure on North Korea with Trump, Abe

Reuters
France?s Emmanuel Macron discussed increased pressure and sanctions on North Korea on the telephone with U.S. President Donald Trump and Japan?s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday, the French president?s office said. The three leaders stressed the need for a ?united and firm? reaction from the international community toward Pyongyang, Macron?s office said.

September 8, 2017

New U.S. Budget Threatens Nuclear Restraint Agreements

IDN-InDepthNews
As the U.S. Congress prepares to enact legislation "that could further imperil the global nuclear order," a disarmament expert has urged the lawmakers "to seek to preserve and strengthen the existing architecture of arms control and non-proliferation agreements" ? instead of rushing to hasten their demise.

September 7, 2017

Trump may have to settle for deterring, not disarming, North Korea

Reuters
President Donald Trump, like his predecessors, may find that neither negotiations nor economic and military pressure can force North Korea to abandon its nuclear program, and that the United States has no choice but to try to contain it and deter North Korean leader Kim Jong Un from ever using a nuclear weapon.

September 6, 2017

Allowing nuclear weapons in Japan could defuse North Korean threat, say some policy makers

The Indian Express
As Japan looks for a quick, resolute response to North Korea?s growing missile threat, some defence policy makers in Tokyo say it may be time to reconsider non-nuclear pledges and invite U.S. nuclear weapons on to its soil. Japan, the only country to suffer nuclear attack, upholds three non-nuclear principles that commit it not to possess, manufacture or allow nuclear weapons on to its territory that were adopted five decades ago.

September 6, 2017

Trump seeks tougher sanctions to prod North Korea into negotiations

Reuters
With no palatable military options, U.S. President Donald Trump may ultimately have no choice but to give diplomacy a chance to end the crisis over North Korea?s nuclear and missile programs. For now, though, he is pursuing tougher economic sanctions, including an oil embargo, and opposed to making any concessions that might look like appeasement, insisting that more pressure on the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is needed before it is time to talk.

September 6, 2017

China detects rising radiation levels in areas close to North Korean nuclear blast site

South China Morning Post
Chinese scientists are considering whether a small but gradual increase in environmental radiation picked up by monitoring stations close to the border with North Korea is related to the nuclear test carried out over the weekend.

September 6, 2017

Seoul seeks Russian support to resolve nuclear crisis

The Straits Times
South Korean President Moon Jae In is set to visit Russia today to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek support for his pressure- with-dialogue approach towards North Korea. They spoke on the phone on Monday, a day after Pyongyang's sixth nuclear test, and agreed to seek a peaceful diplomatic solution, though Mr Moon also stressed the need for the North to stop its provocations.

September 5, 2017

North Korea nuclear crisis: Putin warns of planetary catastrophe

The Guardian
The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has warned that the escalating North Korean crisis could cause a ?planetary catastrophe? and huge loss of life, and described US proposals for further sanctions on Pyongyang as ?useless?.

September 5, 2017

China welcomes Switzerland to mediate in Korean Peninsula nuclear crisis

Xinhua
China said on Tuesday it welcomes Switzerland to play a mediator role in resolving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue. Swiss President Doris Leuthard said on Monday that the neutral country is prepared to act as mediator to help resolve the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, including by hosting ministerial talks. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a daily press briefing that China has noticed the statement made by Switzerland.

September 5, 2017

U.S. urges strongest U.N. measures on N. Korea over 6th nuke test

Kyodo News
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley urged the U.N. Security Council on Monday to impose "the strongest possible measures" on North Korea over its sixth and most powerful nuclear test yet, saying, "Enough is enough." At an emergency open council meeting, she said Pyongyang's nuclear program is now "more advanced and more dangerous than ever" and that the incremental sanctions approach of the 15-member council to the country since 2006 had not worked.

September 5, 2017

Putin condemns North Korea's nuclear test, calls for talks

The New York Times
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday condemned North Korea's latest nuclear test, but also warned against using military force against the country, calling it a "road to nowhere" that could lead to a "global catastrophe." Russia condemns North Korea's nuclear test as "provocative," Putin told a televised news conference in China. But he stopped short of expressing willingness to impose more sanctions on North Korea, saying Moscow viewed them as "useless and ineffective."

September 5, 2017

Doubts grow as North Korea warns of 'more gift packages? for U.S.

The Globe and Mail
A top North Korean diplomat on Tuesday warned that his country is ready to send "more gift packages" to the United States as world powers struggled for a response to Pyongyang's latest nuclear weapons test. Han Tae Song, ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, confirmed that North Korea had successfully conducted its sixth and largest nuclear bomb test on Sunday.

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