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January 20, 2016

17 states meet in Tokyo to prevent nuclear proliferation in wake of North Korean test

The Japan Times
Kyodo
Senior officials from Japan, the United States, Canada and 14 other Asia-Pacific nations discussed on Wednesday in Tokyo measures to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the wake of North Korea’s recent nuclear test, Japan’s Foreign Ministry said.

January 20, 2016

Banning The Bomb With Science And Diplomacy

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD
Ramesh Jaura | IDN- InDepth News Analysis
The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) is organising a symposium on the role of science and diplomacy for peace and security as the first in a series of events this year to push for entry into force of a law prohibiting atomic explosions by everyone and everywhere.

January 19, 2016

Long-term funding crucial to monitoring nuclear agreement with Iran, UN atomic chief warns

UN News Centre
The head of the United Nations nuclear agency today called for long-term predictable funding to monitor Iran’s agreement with the international community to never seek, develop or acquire nuclear weapons.

January 19, 2016

North Korea nuclear test did not increase technical capability: U.S.

Reuters
Andrea Shalal, David Brunnstrom and Jonathan Landay
North Korea's Jan. 6 nuclear test did not expand its technical capability, but the U.S. government is keeping a close eye on Pyongyang's efforts to develop a thermonuclear warhead capable of reaching the United States, the head of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency said on Tuesday.

January 19, 2016

Experts Warn of Further Provocations by North Korea

Voice of America
Kim Eunjee
North Korea could take further provocative actions after the latest nuclear test that drew strong protests from the international community, experts in Seoul warned. With its fourth nuclear test, the communist country is likely to accelerate its effort to seek the status of a nuclear-armed state, experts said. Washington reaffirmed its position that it would not give Pyongyang such a recognition.

January 19, 2016

New Study Says Next Generation Remains Oblivious To Nuclear Dangers

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD
Rodney Reynolds | IDN-InDepth News Analysis
For over 70 years since the disastrous bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, peace activists have continued their relentless global campaign for a world without nuclear weapons. The United Nations, which has remained engaged in a longstanding debate, continues to adopt scores of resolutions every year on nuclear disarmament.

January 19, 2016

North Korea Momentarily Escapes Sanctions After Fourth Nuclear Test

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD
Thalif Deen | IPS
When the UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea -- immediately following its first nuclear test back in 2006 -- Pyongyang described the punitive measure as "an act of war. A visibly angry North Korean ambassador, Pak Gil Yon, walked out of the chamber dismissing the resolution as a "gangster-like" act by the 15 members in the Council.

January 19, 2016

Saudi Official Won't Rule Out Seeking Nuclear Bomb to Meet Iranian Threat

Voice of America
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has refused to rule out that it will seek a nuclear weapon if archrival Iran becomes a threat. In an interview Tuesday, Reuters news agency asked Adel al-Jubeir whether Saudi Arabia would try to get a nuclear bomb if Iran obtained one, despite its agreement with six world powers. He responded that his country would do "whatever we need to do in order to protect our people."

January 19, 2016

Nuclear test seen as move to boost Kim’s legitimacy as Pyongyang readies for rare party congress

The Japan Times
James Pearson and Ju-min Park | Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s recent nuclear weapon test was designed to boost his domestic legitimacy ahead of a rare ruling party conference in May that could formalize market-based economic experiments in the isolated country, analysts say.

January 19, 2016

N.K. nuclear test demands 'response beyond business as usual'

YONHAP NEWS
U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken stressed during his trip to Japan over the weekend that North Korea's nuclear test "demands a response beyond business as usual," the State Department said Monday.

January 18, 2016

Iran nuclear deal: Five effects of lifting sanctions

BBC
Kasra Naji
Iran says the crisis was unnecessary, insisting it never wanted a nuclear bomb. But the P5+1 group of powers - the US, China, Russia, UK, France and Germany - argue that the world is now safer.

January 18, 2016

Iran's Rouhani: nuclear deal can be used as model to resolve regional issues

Reuters
Iran's nuclear deal sealed with world powers can be used as a model to resolve regional issues, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, a day after international sanctions against the country were lifted. Speaking at a news conference broadcast live on state television, Rouhani also criticised arch-foe Saudi Arabia, saying that Riyadh was the source of its problems with Tehran and urged the kingdom to change its regional behavior

January 18, 2016

Iran Will Never Get Nuclear Weapon Because It Committed Not to in Deal

The Washington Free Beacon
Aaron Kliegman
Ambassador Wendy Sherman, who led U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran for President Obama, said Monday that the Iran nuclear deal ensures the Islamic Republic will never get a nuclear weapon because Tehran said in the agreement that it will not do so.

January 18, 2016

Sanctions On Iran Over Nuclear Program Lifted, New Sanctions Over Missile Test Imposed

Mint Press News
BBC News
The new sanctions prevent 11 entities and individuals linked to the missile program from using the US banking system. The move came after international nuclear sanctions on Iran were lifted as part of a deal hailed by President Barack Obama on Sunday as “smart”.

January 17, 2016

Multilateral Diplomacy Triumphs As Sanctions Against Iran Are Lifted

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD
Jaya Ramachandran | IDN-InDepthNews
Political will and multilateral diplomacy marked a milestone as U.S. President Barack Obama revoked a 20-year system of sanctions against Iran and Federica Mogherini, the European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and a Council member of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND), announced the lifting of EU economic blockade against Tehran on January 16.

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