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October 31, 2014

Will North Korea ever use its nuclear weapons?

The Guardian
Rob York for NK News
A senior US general claimed last week that North Korea has the expertise to build a nuclear warhead that can be mounted on a ballistic missile – although he added that there was no evidence that it had actually done so.

October 31, 2014

India votes against UN draft resolutions on Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Economic Times
UNITED NATIONS: India has voted against the provisions of draft resolutions that would have required it to accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), saying there is "no question" of it joining the treaty as a non- nuclear weapon state.

October 30, 2014

Russian approaches to nuclear disarmament
Dr Alexander Yakovenko
Elimination of the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, remains one of the key priorities of the international community.

October 30, 2014

Lawsuit: US charities fund Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program

Press TV
A new federal lawsuit in the United States seeks immediate release of a government report about how American charities contribute to Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program.

October 30, 2014

Is North Korea Developing Sea-Based Ballistic Missiles?

The Diplomat
Ankit Panda
According to a new report from 38 North, the blog of the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), North Korea could be developing a sea-based or submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capability.

October 30, 2014

Japan-led nuke disarmament resolution passes U.N. committee

Global Post
Kyodo News International
A Japan-led draft resolution on the elimination of nuclear weapons passed a committee of the U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday with endorsements from 163 countries, paving the way for adoption at a plenary meeting in December.

October 29, 2014

North Korea’s Charm Offensive: New Cards, Same Player

The Diplomat
Paul Haenle and Anne Sherman
or several years now, there has been a debate over the future of China’s relations with North Korea. Some analysts have said a gradual policy recalibration is taking place as the Chinese government has grown tired of North Korea’s reckless behavior and its refusal to halt development of its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs and open its economy to market reforms.

October 29, 2014

Iran slams West double standards on nuclear disarmament

Press TV
A high-ranking Iranian official has slammed Western double standards on nuclear disarmament, saying such an approach has been behind the failure of efforts to curb the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

October 28, 2014

Resolving Key Nuclear Issue Turns on Iran-Russia Deal

Inter Press Service
Gareth Porter
U.S. and Iranian negotiators are working on a compromise approach to the issue of Iran’s uranium enrichment capabilities, which the Barack Obama administration has said in the past Iran was refusing to make concessions on.

October 28, 2014

Lawsuit spotlights U.S. charities that fund Israel's secret nuclear weapons program

PR Newswire
The following is being released by the Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy: A federal lawsuit seeks immediate release of a closely held government report about how American branches of Israeli charitable and educational institutes fund secret nuclear weapons research and development programs.

October 28, 2014

N. Korean Arms Progress Called Clear Threat to Seoul

Voice of America
William Kim
U.S. experts say North Korea’s significant progress in miniaturizing a nuclear weapon is an undeniable threat to South Korea.

October 28, 2014

Japan presents nuclear disarmament resolution to U.N. committee

The Japan Times
Kyodo News International
Japan has filed another draft United Nations resolution calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons worldwide and for signatories to the nuclear nonproliferation treaty to ensure next year’s treaty review conference strengthens the agreement.

October 25, 2014

Trident treaty may be renewed without parliamentary scrutiny

The Guardian
Jamie Doward
The UK is poised to quietly ratify a defence treaty that critics say will see it become more dependent on US expertise for its multi-billion pound Trident nuclear weapons programme, without the agreement being scrutinised by MPs.

October 24, 2014

U.S. general says he believes North Korea can build nuclear warhead

David Alexander and Phil Stewart
The commander of U.S. forces in South Korea said on Friday he believes Pyongyang has the capability to build a nuclear warhead that can be mounted on a ballistic missile, but added there were no tests or other evidence it has taken that step.

October 24, 2014

Veteran American point man on Iran: Nuclear deal would be good for Israel

The Jerusalem Post
Gil Hoffman
The leading nations of the world are capable of reaching a deal with Iran by next month’s deadline that would be far better for Israel than the alternatives, former US undersecretary of state Stuart Eizenstat told The Jerusalem Post.

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