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June 6, 2016

US, China stand firm against N. Korea's nuclear ambition

The Korea Times
Yonhap
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that Washington and Beijing "stand firmly" on North Korea's defiant pursuit of nuclear weapons, calling for the North to stop all activities that escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

June 4, 2016

S. Korea-China defense talks expose gap over THAAD deployment

Yonhap News Agency
Park Boram
China expressed its uncompromising opposition to South Korea moving forward with the deployment of a sophisticated U.S. air defense shield on its soil during their high-level defense talks on Saturday, the latest sign that the issue will likely remain a thorn in the otherwise close relationship between the two neighboring countries.

June 4, 2016

US, South Korea, Japan defence chiefs agree to strengthen joint defence in face of North Korea threat

The Straits Times
Lee Seok Hwai and Walter Sim
The United States, South Korea, and Japan agreed on Saturday (June 4) to step up trilateral cooperation to deal with North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, Seoul's defence ministry said according to Yonhap news agency.

June 4, 2016

Carter stresses U.S. committed to protecting S. Korea from N. Korean aggression

The Korea Herald
Yonhap
Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the United States is committed to implementing a full range of military capabilities to deter any North Korean attacks on South Korea, Seoul's defense ministry said Saturday after the allies' defense chiefs held bilateral talks. "Secretary of Defense Carter stressed that the U.S. will continue to provide extended deterrence to South Korea, utilizing all categories of military capabilities," the Ministry of National Defense said in a statement.

June 3, 2216

Govt signs global code against ballistic missiles

Business Standard
Archis Mohan
India has joined the Hague Code of Conduct (HCoC) against ballistic missile proliferation, the government said on Thursday. A ballistic missile is a missile with a high, arching trajectory, which is initially powered and guided but falls under gravity on to its target.

June 3, 2016

Shangri-La Dialogue set to discuss N.K. nuclear issue, S. China Sea rows

The Korea Herald
Yonhap
An annual regional defense ministers' summit, the Asia Security Summit, is set to kick off its three-day run in the city-state of Singapore on Friday, with North Korea's ever-growing nuclear ambition and South China Sea rows expected to top this year's agenda.

June 3, 2016

U.N. watchdog: Iran nuclear deal appears to be working so far, but inspectors are ?stretched?

The Washington Post
Joby Warrick
The head of the United Nations nuclear agency says Iran appears to be hewing to the letter of last year?s landmark nuclear agreement but says his inspectors are stretched thin by the task of monitoring compliance across a country the size of Alaska.

June 3, 2016

All about India's application for membership to Nuclear Suppliers' Group

Business Standard
BS Web Team
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s visit to the United States on June 4, the Centre submitted its application for membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). The application was submitted on May 12, a week ahead of Pakistan?s submission, setting the stage for a diplomatic battle.

June 3, 2016

Over 20 countries submit action plans on how to enforce N.K. sanctions

The Korea Times
Yonhap
Over 20 countries, including the United States and Russia, have submitted their detailed action plans on how they will enforce sanctions on North Korea following its nuclear test and a long-range missile launch earlier this year, sources said Friday.

June 3, 2016

S. Korea should build nuclear-powered submarine: expert

The Korea Times
Yonhap
South Korea needs to build a nuclear-powered submarine to better counter North Korea's possible nuclear and missile attacks, an expert at Seoul's state-run think tank said Friday.

June 3, 2016

Renunciation of Nuclear Weapons: Is There Another Choice?

The Astana Times
Editorial
It was not long ago when supporters of nuclear weapons confidently claimed that, while the destruction they could cause would be catastrophic, their possession was actually preserving peace on Earth. It was an argument based on deterrence and the belief that no rational leadership would ever sanction their use knowing that it would inevitably unleash unimaginable devastation on their own countries and the world.

June 2, 2016

North Korea facing costly $80M failure with Musudan missile program

UPI
Elizabeth Shim
North Korea's intermediate-range ballistic program could be proving to be a costly mistake. Pyongyang's attempts to successfully test the Musudan missile has led to at least three failures in April and May, according to South Korean military intelligence.

June 2, 2016

North Korea?s Missile Tests Timed to Bolster Standing With China, Analysts Say

The New York Times
Choe Sang-Hunjune
A recent string of unsuccessful missile tests by North Korea, and the release of a video showing the launch of a different weapon, reflected a frantic drive by its leader, Kim Jong-un, to bolster his political standing before a high-profile dialogue with China, analysts said on Thursday.

June 2, 2016

Will Ban Ki-moon visit North Korea?

The Korea Times
Yi Whan-woo
The visit to China by senior North Korean official Ri Su-yong is fueling speculation that it could pave the way for U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to travel to Pyongyang. Analysts said Wednesday that the U.N. chief may be able to visit North Korea during the remainder of his term if North Korea shows signs of change following Ri's China trip.

June 2, 2016

Government has failed to answer questions about Trident replacement, says Emily Thornberry

Herald Scotland
The Government has failed to answer major questions about the replacement of the Trident nuclear deterrent and there has been a ?disturbing silence? about te UK?s commitment to multilateral disarmament, Emily Thornberry said.

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