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May 20, 2017

Kishida defends skipping U.N. talks, saying nuclear weapons ban would widen rift between haves and have-nots

The Japan Times
Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday defended Japan?s choice not to participate in U.N. talks toward a treaty banning nuclear weapons, saying that proceeding would risk deepening the rift between countries with nuclear stockpiles and those without them.

May 20, 2017

Pakistan, France hold talks on disarmament

THE NATION
Pakistan and France on Friday held a bilateral meeting to discuss issues related to disarmament and non-proliferation here, the foreign ministry said. The French delegation was headed by Nicolas Roche, assistant secretary of state for strategic affairs, security and disarmament at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

May 18, 2017

Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions: Seoul

Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump told South Korea's presidential envoy that Washington was willing to try to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through engagement, but under the right conditions, South Korea's foreign ministry said on Thursday. Trump has said "a major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions.

May 18, 2017

The man who helped prevent a nuclear crisis

BBC
In 1988 Taiwan was racing to build its first nuclear bomb, but one military scientist put a stop to that when he defected to the United States and exposed those plans. This is the story of a man who insists he had to betray his country in order to save it. To this day, critics consider Chang Hsien-yi a traitor - but he has no regrets.

May 17, 2017

DPRK poses threat to China, Russia: US

The News
A top US Navy commander on Wednesday pushed for a "sense of urgency" over North Korea?s nuclear and missile development, stressing it even threatens Pyongyang?s allies China and Russia. Admiral Harry Harris, who heads the Pacific Command, spoke during a visit to Japan after North Korea?s latest ballistic missile test raised further alarm over the pace of its weapons development.

May 17, 2017

South Korea's Moon Says 'High Possibility' of Conflict With North

Reuters
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday there was a "high possibility" of conflict with North Korea, which is pressing ahead with nuclear and missile programs it says are needed to counter U.S. aggression.

May 17, 2017

Russia steps up North Korea support to constrain US

Deutsche Welle
Citing Russian customs data, the Voice of America broadcaster has reported that bilateral trade climbed to $31.83 million (29 million euros) in the January-March quarter, with the vast majority being energy products going over the border into the North. This included $22 million worth of coal, lignite with a value of around $4.7 million, and oil estimated at $1.2 million.

May 16, 2017

North Korea missile tests: US warns against supporting Pyongyang

BBC
The US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has vowed to "call out" states backing North Korea and its nuclear ambitions, as tensions continue. "You either support North Korea or you support us," she said, suggesting some countries were failing to adhere to UN-imposed sanctions. Her comments came ahead of an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

May 16, 2017

UN Security Council condemns North Korea missile test

BBC
The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned North Korea's latest missile test and warned of new sanctions. In a statement, the 15-member Council demanded that Pyongyang conduct no further such tests. North Korea earlier said the missile it had tested on Sunday was a new type of rocket capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead.

May 16, 2017

U.S. ambassador says Chinese leverage is key to North Korea

Reuters
The United States sees China's leverage as key to resolving the North Korean nuclear issue, U.S. Disarmament Ambassador Robert Wood told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday, two days after a successful North Korean missile test-launch.

May 16, 2017

Japan-India nuclear pact clears Lower House despite opposition concerns

The Japan Times
A civilian nuclear cooperation pact between Japan and India cleared the Lower House on Tuesday, paving the way for Tokyo to export nuclear power equipment and technology to the fast-growing economy not part of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

May 15, 2017

Niinist?: ?Europe is not as secure as we?d like it to be?

Helsinki Times
President Sauli Niinist? has expressed his concerns about the security-related uncertainties lingering in Europe. ?I take it that we can all agree that Europe is not as stable and secure as we would like it to be. We are forced to admit that the post-Cold War promise of [a] stable and prosperous Europe without dividing lines has not been achieved,? he said in his speech at the Lennart Meri Conference in Tallinn on Saturday.

May 15, 2017

North Korea's latest missile launch suggests progress toward ICBM: experts

Reuters
North Korea's successful missile test-launch signals major advances in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, such as mastery of re-entry technology and better engine performance key to targeting the United States, experts say. The isolated country has been developing a long-range missile capable of striking the mainland United States mounted with a nuclear warhead.

May 14, 2017

Haley says US will 'tighten the screws' on North Korea, after recent missile test

Fox News
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that America and its international partners will continue to ?tighten the screws? on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who tested another ballistic missile this weekend in pursuit of a cross-continent nuclear weapon.

May 14, 2017

North Korea says missile could carry large nuclear warhead

CNN.com
North Korea says the missile it tested Sunday is capable of carrying a large nuclear warhead, state media said Monday. The country's leader, Kim Jong Un, supervised the launch of the Hwasong-12 missile that reached an altitude of 2,111.5 kilometers (1,312 miles) and flew 787 kilometers (489 miles), according to state news agency KCNA.

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