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January 25, 2018

Putin hails new bomber as a boost to Russia's nuclear forces

President Vladimir Putin praised a newly-built supersonic strategic bomber on Thursday after watching it in flight, saying it would beef up Russia?s nuclear weapons capability. Under a contract signed on Thursday, 10 of the modernized TU-160M nuclear bombers, codenamed Blackjacks by NATO, will be delivered to the Russian Air Force at a cost of 15 billion rubles ($269 million) each between now and 2027.

January 25, 2018

Two Minutes to Midnight on Doomsday Clock

Citing growing nuclear risks and unchecked climate dangers, the iconic Doomsday Clock is now 30 seconds closer to midnight, the closest to the symbolic point of annihilation that the Clock has been since 1953 at the height of the Cold War. The decision announced on January 25 to move the Doomsday Clock to two minutes before midnight was made by the 'Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists' Science and Security Board in consultation with the Board of Sponsors, which includes 15 Nobel Laureates.

January 25, 2018

US warns against 'illusion of success' over N. Korea

The Straits Times
US National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has warned against an "illusion of success" on the Korean peninsula, as the White House remains deeply sceptical of Pyongyang's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South next month. General McMaster told journalists: "Everyone recognises that we can't? fall for what in the past has been a North Korean ploy to create the illusion of success and talks, and to use that to lock in the status quo as the new normal.

January 25, 2018

More diplomatic efforts needed to denuclearize Korean Peninsula: Chinese ambassador

Diplomatic efforts need to be redoubled to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, Cui Tiankai, Chinese Ambassador to the United States, has said. China is ready to cooperate with others to further enforce the United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), which also called for "intensified diplomatic efforts, negotiation and dialogue," said Cui in an interview Tuesday with U.S. national daily USA Today.

January 24, 2018

US stealth bombers in Guam appear to be readying for a tactical nuclear strike on North Korea

Business Insider
The US has been quietly amassing firepower in the Pacific during a lull in tensions with North Korea, but recent developments on an under-the-radar nuclear weapon suggest preparation for a potential tactical nuclear strike. The US recently sent B-2 stealth bombers to Guam, where they joined B-1 and B-52s, the other bombers in the US's fleet.

January 24, 2018

North Korea, US clash at disarmament forum over nuclear arms

North Korea said on Tuesday (Jan 23) it had a "powerful and reliable" nuclear deterrent to thwart any attack and accused the United States of deploying military assets nearby under the pretext of ensuring security at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Han Tae Song, North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, called on the United States to permanently halt its joint military drills with South Korea, suspended ahead of the Games that open on Feb 9 amid an easing of tensions.

January 23, 2018

Analysts Echo Reports of Russia?s Nuclear ?Underwater Drone?

The Moscow Times
An analyst working for Swedish government research institute has reiterated reports of a Russian underwater drone capable of carrying massive nuclear warheads outlined in a recently leaked Pentagon nuclear policy document. According to the draft U.S. Department of Defense Nuclear Posture Review leaked this month, Russia is developing a ?nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.?

January 23, 2018

US Congress may ban 'unilateral' N. Korea strike

The Korea Times
The U.S. Congress has proposed a bill to prohibit the government from conducting any preemptive strikes against North Korea. A group of 65 lawmakers ? led by U.S. Representative for California, Ro Khanna ? submitted the bill named "No Unconstitutional Strike Against North Korea Act," last week, according to Congress. The bill is under review from military committees of Congress.

January 22, 2018

Limited Strikes on North Korea Would Be an Unlimited Disaster

Foreign Policy
any commentators across the national security community, such as Edward Luttwak, Michael J. Green, Matthew Kroenig, Oriana Skylar Mastro, and others, have the same bright idea for how to get North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to swear off further ballistic missile and nuclear warhead testing: Punch him right in the metaphorical nose.

January 22, 2018

Japan holds first North Korea missile attack evacuation drill

Deutsche Welle
Japan's capital has held its first evacuation drill in decades, as residents scrambled for cover in subway stations and underground basements. Over 20 such drills have been held nationwide amid threats from North Korea. Hundreds of Tokyo residents huddled together into subway stations and an amusement park basement on Monday, as the Japanese capital held its first evacuation drill for a military attack since World War II.

January 22, 2018

North Korea 'Handful of Months' From Being Able to Hit U.S. With Nuclear Weapon, CIA Director Warns
North Korea is only a "handful of months" away from being able to hit the mainland United States with a nuclear weapon, CIA Director Mike Pompeo warned in an interview with CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell that aired Monday. "Here's what we can say. We can always identify that the program is continuing. ? We'll never know the exact nature of what's taking place. We'll never know the exact moment that they're going to continue," Pompeo told O'Donnell.

January 21, 2018

Successful Test Firing of India's Agni-5 Evokes No Fury

The successful launch of the nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) Agni-5 on January 18 has hardly been noticed in Asia. The western media however have given it coverage focusing on India's ability now to strike major Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai. This partly adulatory coverage is in sharp contrast to hysteria in the western media in particular when North Korea tested a similar missile on November 28, 2017.

January 21, 2018

ICAN Chief Shows Japan the Way From a Blind Alley

"I wish for all states, in particular Japan, to join the treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons. No more hibakusha," wrote Beatrice Fihn, Executive Director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), on a message board at the opening of an exhibition on January 12 at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum.

January 20, 2018

Muslim nations call for making Middle East a WMDs-free zone

The Express Tribune
The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has unanimously passed a resolution calling for making the Middle East a zone free from all weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), particularly nuclear weapons. The resolution was tabled by Iran during the 13th session of Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) held in Tehran between January 13-17, 2018 and attended by 48 countries, including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia.

January 19, 2018

India Enters Australia Group, Inches Closer to Joining Nuclear Suppliers Group

The Wire
India on Friday joined the Australia Group which aims to stop the development and acquisition of chemical and biological weapons, a move that may take the country an inch closer to joining the Nuclear Suppliers? group (NSG). This is the third multilateral export control group ? after the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) and Wassenaar Arrangement ? that India has become a member of.

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