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March 31, 2018

Seoul nixes Libya model for denuclearization

Korea JoongAng Daily
A senior Blue House official on Friday said the denuclearization framework used with Libya in 2003 that resulted in the disposal of weapons of mass destruction by the Muammar Qaddafi regime could not be applied to North Korea. ?The formula [used with Libya] cannot be used again for North Korea,? the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said, stressing that nuclear disarmament and its verification process had to proceed ?in a gradual manner.?

March 31, 2018

USA?s nuclear hypocrisy

Daily Times
According to media reports (March 26, 2018), USA has clamped nuclear-trade sanctions on seven Pakistani companies. This step presumes the companies may import dual-use material for nuclear fabrication or proliferation. Imposing sanctions without defining offence is unjust.

March 30, 2018

Libya case not applicable to NK: Cheong Wa Dae

The Korea Times
Libya's process of denuclearization, in which rewards were provided after the regime made an instantaneous decision and completely dismantled its nuclear program, cannot be applied to resolving the North Korea nuclear issue, a Cheong Wa Dae official said Friday. He hinted at solutions through phrased disarmament and verification, which is somewhat different from hard-line U.S. officials' preference for a package settlement similar to the Libya disarmament process.

March 29, 2018

Two Koreas Set April 27 for Kim Jong Un?s Historic Walk South

Bloomberg
Kim Jong Un could become the first North Korean leader in history to enter South Korea in just over four weeks, when he steps across the heavily fortified border for a summit with President Moon Jae-in. The April 27 meeting on the southern side of the demilitarized zone will be the first between leaders of the two nations in 11 years. Leaders of the two nations -- which are still technically at war -- have only met twice since the peninsula was divided in 1948.

March 29, 2018

Another New Mexico town seeks awareness on atomic bomb harm

The Associated Press
A small, New Mexico railroad town that received a large part of the residue from the world's first atomic bomb test is joining efforts to share stories about the test's health effects as advocates work to gather more information how the 1945 test affected generations of Hispanic and Native American residents.

March 28, 2018

How does Kim tell North Korea he's giving up nuclear weapons?

Reuters
State media calls North Korea?s nuclear weapons a ?treasured sword of justice?. Pyongyang has released commemorative stamps and built monuments in honor of its ballistic missile tests, while nuclear and rocket scientists have been named national heroes.

March 28, 2018

Poland signs $4.75 billion deal for U.S. Patriot missile system facing Russia

Reuters
Poland signed the largest arms procurement deal in its history on Wednesday, agreeing with the United States to buy Raytheon Co?s (RTN.N) Patriot missile defense system for $4.75 billion in a major step to modernize its forces against a bolder Russia. ?It is an extraordinary, historic moment; it is Poland?s introduction into a whole new world of state-of-the-art technology, modern weaponry, and defensive means,? President Andrzej Duda said during the signing ceremony.

March 28, 2018

North Korea orders sharp cut in troop strength at nuclear site

The Asahi Shimbun
North Korea has moved to halve troop strength at its Punggyeri nuclear test site, possibly signaling its hopes of an imminent rapprochement with the United States, according to well-placed sources.

March 27, 2018

China says North Korea's Kim pledged commitment to denuclearization

Reuters
North Korea?s leader Kim Jong Un pledged his commitment to denuclearization and to meet U.S. officials, China said on Wednesday after his meeting with President Xi Jinping, who promised China would uphold friendship with its isolated neighbour. After two days of speculation, China and North Korea both confirmed that Kim had travelled to Beijing and met Xi during what China called an unofficial visit from Sunday to Wednesday.

March 27, 2018

Kim Jong Un Made a Surprise China Visit, Sources Say

Bloomberg
Kim Jong Un made a surprise visit to Beijing on his first known trip outside North Korea since taking power in 2011, three people with knowledge of the visit said. Further details of his trip, including how long Kim would stay and who he would meet, were not immediately available. The people asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the information.

March 26, 2018

Pakistan Defends Record On Nonproliferation After Hit By U.S. Sanctions

Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty
Pakistan defended its record on nuclear nonproliferation after the United States imposed sanctions on seven Pakistani companies over suspicions that they have engaged in nuclear trade. ?Pakistan?s efforts in the area of export controls and nonproliferation as well as nuclear safety and security are well known,? Islamabad's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on March 26.

March 26, 2018

North Korea urges U.S. to adopt 'serious attitude' for peace, end sanctions

Reuters
North Korea said on Monday its policy of seeking better ties with the South was enjoying broad international support, and called on the United States to halt its sanctions and pressure. Ri Jong Hyok, director of North Korea?s National Reunification Institute and deputy head of its Supreme People?s Assembly, said that his country sought to build a ?just and peaceful new world, free from aggression and war?.

March 26, 2018

Bolton: N. Korea wants to buy time to develop nukes

Yonhap News Agency
North Korea is offering negotiations with the United States in order to buy time to develop its nuclear weapons, the incoming U.S. national security adviser said Sunday. John Bolton, a former ambassador who was tapped by U.S. President Donald Trump last week, gave the assessment as the American leader prepares to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to discuss the regime's denuclearization.

March 24, 2018

South Korea says North agrees to hold summit preparation talks on March 29

Reuters
North Korea has agreed to hold high-level talks with South Korea on March 29 at the border truce village of Panmunjom to prepare for a summit of their leaders planned for April, the South said on Saturday. A team of three officials will be led by Ri Son Gwon, the chairman of North Korea?s committee for the peaceful reunification of the country, the North told its neighbor early on Saturday, the South?s Unification Ministry said.

March 23, 2018

Trump should insist on Libya-style denuclearization for N.Korea ?Bolton

Reuters
John Bolton, U.S. President Donald Trump?s new national security adviser, said Trump should insist that any meeting he holds with North Korea?s leader must be focused squarely on how to eliminate that country?s nuclear weapons program as quickly as possible.

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