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December 29, 2016

International experts condemn US for backing Indian NSG bid

Pakistan Today
International experts and diplomats have condemned Obama administration for supporting Indian bid to become a member of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Daryl Kimball, Executive Director of Washington DC based Arms Control Association (ACA) has condemned the outgoing Obama administration?s desperate attempts to unilaterally bring India within the NSG.

December 28, 2016

New Draft Proposal Could Pave Way for India's NSG Membership

ZeeNews India
A new draft proposal circulated among Nuclear Suppliers Group member states early this month could pave the way for India to become a member of the elite club, but this is unlikely to happen before the end of the Obama presidency next month.

December 26, 2016

UN Paves the Way for Conference on Treaty Eliminating Nukes

Jamshed Baruah
The United Nations General Assembly has confirmed that beginning March 2017, it would hold a conference open to all member states, to negotiate a ?legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination?. The conference to be held at UN headquarters in New York will be divided into two sessions: from March 27 to 31 and from June 15 to July 7.

December 24, 2016

Youth Campaign for a Nuke-Free World at Nagasaki Conference

Katsuhiro Asagiri
A Forum of Youth Communicators, launched by Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in 2013, has urged people around the world to realize that nuclear weapons do not only absorb huge amounts of money but also pose a serious threat to international peace and security, global environment, and the very survival of humankind.

December 23, 2016

Trump?s Tweet And The Danger Of Nuclear War

Global Research
James Cogan
A tweet sent Thursday by President-elect Donald Trump advocating the expansion of the US nuclear weapons arsenal has become the top news story around the world. Trump wrote: ?The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.?

December 22, 2016

Is North Korea?s atomic training college in Tokyo? Activist says ?nuclear spies? are on the loose in Japan

South China Morning Post
Julian Ryall
A Japanese human rights activist has launched a campaign to stop classes on nuclear physics, advanced chemistry, robotics and electronics being taught at a North Korean-sponsored university in Tokyo, claiming the institution violates UN sanctions and benefits Pyongyang?s nuclear and missile programmes.

December 22, 2016

Putin: Russia must strengthen its nuclear arms

The Hill
Mark Hensch
Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week that his nation must guarantee its nuclear arsenal is capable of handling any global threats. Putin?s call to action comes the same day President-elect Donald Trump also urged America to boost its nuclear weapons stockpile.

December 22, 2016

N. Korea threatens war over U.N. sanctions

Jee Ho
North Korea on Thursday threatened war in response to the latest sanctions by the U.N. Security Council (UNSC). "The latest UNSC 'resolution on sanctions' has created the danger of imminent war on the Korean Peninsula, as there are no judicial and institutional mechanisms to avert a war and armed conflicts and the 'resolution' is as good as a declaration of war," the North's foreign ministry said in an English-language statement released on the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

December 22, 2016

Limits Of Practising Nuclear Brinksmanship ? Analysis

Inter Press Service
Manpreet Sethi
Thomas Schelling, a noted nuclear strategist who passed away recently, explained brinkmanship as a strategy that ?means manipulating the shared risk of war. It means exploiting the danger that somebody may inadvertently go over the brink, dragging the other with him? (Arms and Influence, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1996, pp. 98-99).

December 22, 2016

KCL report on Pak missile programme

Pakistan Observer
Western institutions? hue and cry over Pakistan?s nuclear programme and strategic assets comes in no dearth, but the recent report of King?s College London (KCL) ? titled as ?Pakistan?s Strategic Nuclear and Missile Industries? ? is the first of its kind, as it attempts to hit hard on Pakistan?s missile program, along with overall nuclear programme.

December 21, 2016

N. Korea rejects NATO's call to abandon nuclear ambition

North Korea on Wednesday dismissed a recent statement from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that urged the communist state to give up its nuclear ambitions, saying the matter is none of their business. The communist state did not raise any threats against the North European military alliance, as it frequently does when addressing South Korea or the United States, but sought to belittle NATO, claiming the latter did not even clearly understand the issue at hand.

December 21, 2016

U.S. tightens sanctions against North Korea?s U.N. diplomats

The Japan Times
The U.S. Treasury Department tightened sanctions against North Korean diplomats to the United Nations, requiring banks to get special permission before granting them accounts, the agency said in a notice posted online Tuesday. The United States removed an exemption in the broad economic sanctions against Pyongyang that had allowed U.S. banks to service North Korean diplomats without getting specific permission from the Treasury Department Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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