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July 10, 2016

Korean peninsula tensions raise stakes for regional security

Stars and Stripes
Kim Gamel
Already-high tensions spiked on the Korean Peninsula as North Korea test-fired a missile from a submarine, a day after the U.S. announced plans to deploy an advanced missile defense system in the South.

July 10, 2016

Former Mongolian president urges N. Korea to give up nukes for economic development

The Korea Herald
Former Mongolian President Punsalmaagiin Ochirbat has said North Korea's simultaneous pursuit of nuclear weapons and economic development is an "impossible" task, adding that Pyongyang should first give up its nuclear program to seek economic growth.

July 10, 2016

Britain Needs a New Place to Park Its Nukes

Foreign Policy
Dan De Luce
Within days of entering office, every British prime minister must carry out a grim task: writing letters of ?last resort? to the commanders of the country?s nuclear-armed submarines.

July 10, 2016

Cameron calls vote on U.K. renewal of nuclear deterrent that may split Labour Party

The Japan Times
Prime Minister David Cameron wants U.K. lawmakers to vote on whether to renew the country?s nuclear weapons system on July 18, ordering a parliamentary ballot that may heighten divisions in the main opposition Labour Party.

July 9, 2016

Trident: MPs to vote on nuclear weapons system this month

MPs will vote on 18 July on renewing the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system, David Cameron has said. Mr Cameron, speaking at the Nato summit in Warsaw, said he believed the vote would confirm support for replacing the full fleet of four submarines.

July 9, 2016

Labour defence review 'could keep nuclear weapons option'

An internal review of Labour's defence policy will keep open the possibility of Britain retaining a nuclear weapons system, BBC's Newsnight understands. The review is considering the party's stance on the renewal of Trident - Britain's nuclear deterrent - which leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to scrap.

July 9, 2016

Why did North Korea test fire a submarine missile?

The Christian Science Monitor
Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press
South Korea said that North Korea on Saturday test-fired what appeared to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off its eastern coast. The missile was fired from a location near the North Korean coastal town of Sinpo.

July 9, 2016

North Korea Still Faces Significant Challenges in Developing a Sea-Launched Missile: Expert

North Korea conducted what appeared to be another test of a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) off the east coast on Saturday, according to South Korea?s Joint Chiefs of Staff and a report by Seoul?s Yonhap News Agency. The missile was reportedly fired from Sinpo, South Hamgyong Province, at around 11:30 a.m. KST.

July 8, 2016

Image Reveals China?s New Nuclear Attack Submarine

The Diplomat
Franz-Stefan Gady
In June 2016, the Chinese People?s Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) published an image purportedly depicting the latest variant of a Type-093B (also dubbed Type-093A) Shang-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN). The picture appears to show PLAN sailors loading an anti-ship missile canister, a buoyant capsule, into a torpedo tube.

July 8, 2016

Iran rejects UN ?unrealistic? report on its missile tests

Parisa Hafezi, Reuters, Ankara
Iran has rejected as ?unrealistic? a report by the UN leader that criticized its ballistic missile launches as inconsistent with its nuclear deal with world powers, the semi-official Tasnim news agency said on Friday.

July 7, 2016

Iran missile tests 'not consistent' with nuclear deal spirit: U.N. report

Michelle Nichols
Iran's ballistic missile launches "are not consistent with the constructive spirit" of a nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, but it is up to the United Nations Security Council to decide if they violated a resolution, U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon said in a confidential report seen by Reuters on Thursday.

July 7, 2016

Fictional Video Shows Washington, D.C. Being Obliterated by a Nuclear Weapon

The National Interest
Harry J. Kazianis
The present national security environment America faces today is loaded with challenges as far as the eye can see?but it might just be the dangers we don?t see coming or fail to see, those that are so difficult to imagine, so gut wrenching and horrific to even contemplate, that a future calamity someday might take us by surprise and do the most harm of all.

July 7, 2016

UK Feared Nuclear War Between India, Pakistan In 2001: Iraq War Inquiry

Press Trust of India
The UK feared an India-Pakistan nuclear war in the wake of the terror attack on the Indian Parliament in 2001 and tried to "persuade and cajole" the two countries to pull back from a military confrontation, according to evidence presented to an inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war made public today.

July 6, 2016

What Modi wants from visit to SA
Sanjay Kapoor
When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits South Africa this week, the issue that will be of the greatest strategic importance in bilateral discussions from his perspective will be India?s candidature to become a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). The Indian Prime Minister will use his visit as an opportunity to lobby the South African Government to support India?s bid, which has been a top foreign policy priority for the Indian Government in recent months.

July 5, 2016

Hungary Supports India's Bid To Become NSG Member

Press Trust India
Hungary today came out in support of India's bid to become member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), saying its participation at the atomic trading club will further strengthen nuclear non-proliferation and make global nuclear commerce more secure.

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