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December 20, 2017

North Korea Says It?s ?Too Early? to Try to Prevent War

Newsweek.com
North Korea is not behaving as if there is an imminent threat of war with the U.S. over its nuclear program, according to a senior United Nations envoy who recently returned from the secretive nation. While on a visit to North Korea to urge Pyongyang to embrace diplomacy in an effort to end the rift over its missile program, U.N. Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman was told that it was ?too early? to even consider such an approach, The Washington Post reported.

December 19, 2017

US calls for stronger Chinese sanctions against North Korea in new draft resolution: report

The Hill
The U.S. gave China a draft United Nations Security Council resolution calling for tougher sanctions against North Korea, according to a Reuters report. The U.S. gave Beijing the draft resolution last week, and is hoping for a swift vote in the Security Council, according to Reuters. It's not clear what the new sanctions would entail. A Trump administration official told Reuters that the U.S. is trying to negotiate a new sanctions resolution, but that a deal has not been struck yet.

December 19, 2017

North Korea Won?t ?Budge An Inch? in Its ?March? Toward Stronger Nuclear Weapons

Newsweek.com
North Korea declared Tuesday it will not ?budge an inch? in its pursuit of stronger nuclear weapons, the Seoul-based Yonhap News Agency reported. The rogue state also said it has no interest in holding talks with the U.S., even without preconditions about its nuclear program, a scenario recently put forward by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. But Tillerson quickly shifted his position after pushback from the White House and on Friday said North Korea ?must earn its way back to the table.?

December 19, 2017

2018 UN talks on disarmament: What to expect from Indonesia?

The Jakarta Post
We still vividly remember the horror of August 1945, when the United States dropped the world's first atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Decades later, multilateral efforts have attempted to contain the spread of nuclear weapons to achieve a nuclear-weapon-free world. One of these efforts is the Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) that entered into force in 1970.

December 18, 2017

Pak NSA blames US on Kashmir: 'Nuclear war a real possibility'

The Times of India
Peeved at the US for backing India on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan's National Security Advisor (NSA) Lt Gen (retired) Nasser Khan Janjua, warned on Monday that nuclear war in South Asia was a real possibility. "The stability of the South Asian region hangs in a delicate balance, and the possibility of nuclear war cannot be ruled out," media quoted the NSA (to Prime Minister Shahid Khan Abbasi) saying at a seminar on national security policy in Islamabad.

December 18, 2017

US could broaden its use of nuclear weapons, Trump administration signals

The Guardian
The Trump administration signaled that it could broaden the use of nuclear weapons as part of a new security strategy, unveiled by the president on Monday. The wider role for nuclear weapons against ?non-nuclear strategic attacks? was one of several ways in which Trump?s approach differed from his predecessor.

December 17, 2017

North Korea May Soon Test Another Nuclear Weapon (The Only Question Is Where)

The National Interest
North Korea continues to work on tunnels it used for nuclear test, despite recent tremors according to imagery analysis by the 38 North project at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. That might mean that North Korea might test and another nuclear weapon at some point in the not so distant future.

December 17, 2017

Interview: China's bigger contribution to nonproliferation reflects its growing global role: CTBTO official

Xinhua
China's recent contribution to nuclear nonproliferation is in line with its increasing global role, a senior official said. Lassina Zerbo, executive secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), told Xinhua that China's construction of nuclear activity monitoring stations was evidence of its commitment to the global cause of nonproliferation.

December 17, 2017

If the INF Treaty Dies, America and Russia Could See an Arms Race

The National Interest
On November 8 the U.S. Senate approved the allocation of $58 million for research and development program on a ground-launched intermediate-range missile as part of National Defense Authorization Act, FY 2018. Herewith, it is stated that the scope of this program should ?comply with Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty??the treaty does not stipulate the ban for research and engineering of related technologies.

December 15, 2017

Russia not opposed to Pakistan?s NSG candidature: envoy

Pakistan Today
Russia is not opposed to Pakistan?s Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) candidature and has no intention to block it, Russian envoy Pavel Didkovsky told a conference in Islamabad on Friday. Speaking at the seminar on ?Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Strategic Stability? that had been organised by Strategic Vision Institute (SVI), Pavel Didkovsky, first secretary at Russian Embassy, underlined the possibility of a criteria-based approach for inclusion of non-NPT states in NSG.

December 14, 2017

UN chief: It?s key to avoid miscalculations on North Korea

The Washington Post
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday for urgent efforts to create conditions for talks on North Korea?s growing missile and nuclear threat, saying it?s important to avoid miscalculations and misperceptions that ?make us sleepwalk into a war.? Guterres, who met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, said the U.N.?s objective is to avoid a conflict.

December 14, 2017

U.S. negotiator says direct diplomacy needed on North Korea

Reuters
The chief U.S. negotiator for North Korea said on Friday the United States should engage in direct diplomacy with Pyongyang alongside sanctions imposed over its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, but the White House later said no negotiations could be held until North Korea improved its behaviour.

December 14, 2017

Graham: 30 percent chance Trump attacks North Korea if it conducts another missile test

The Hill
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says there's a high probability that President Trump could attack North Korea if the country tests another nuclear bomb. Graham told The Atlantic in an interview published Thursday he believes there is "a three in 10 chance we use the military option? if the country conducts another long-range ballistic missile test. He said the odds Trump attacks jump to "70 percent" if North Korea detonates another nuclear bomb.

December 14, 2017

UK and Japan to discuss security issues including North Korea nuclear threat

The Guardian
Foreign secretary Boris Johnson and defence secretary Gavin Williamson are to meet their Japanese counterparts in London on Thursday for talks expected to be dominated by concern over North Korea?s nuclear weapons programme. North Korea?s leader Kim Jong-un has presided over a series of missile tests that have alarmed Japan, South Korea and the US. North Korea fired a missile over Japan in September.

December 14, 2017

Provision has Trump outline N. Korea plan

The Journal Gazette
When President Donald Trump signed national defense legislation Tuesday, he called the threat posed by North Korea ?a very bad situation ? a situation that should have been handled long ago by other administrations.? Trump's administration is now on the clock. A provision contained in the $700 billion defense bill requires his White House to produce a written strategy for dealing with the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and its dictator, Kim Jong Un.

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