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January 19, 2018

Russia helping N Korea to evade sanctions to halt nuclear program: Tillerson

AFP
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says that Russia is helping North Korea evade some of the sanctions imposed on it to force it to halt its nuclear missile program. In 2017, Russia signed up to United Nations sanctions pushed by Washington as a way to force Kim Jong-Un's regime to come to the table and negotiate disarmament.

January 18, 2018

Nursultan Nazarbayev to address UN Security Council meeting

Kazinform
President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan will address the UN Security Council meeting on Thursday, January 18, Kazinform reports. Earlier, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov told Kazinform correspondent that the upcoming meeting of the UN Security Council with the participation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev will be themed "Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction: confidence-building measures".

January 18, 2018

Vancouver Summit: A Missed Opportunity for Peace with North Korea

Global Research
On January 16 in Vancouver, the Canadian and US governments hosted a summit meeting of foreign ministers of twenty Western countries which fought against the DPRK (North Korea) during the Korean War of 1950-53. Although the meeting was billed as an opportunity to find a diplomatic solution to the standoff between the USA and the DPRK over North Korea?s nuclear program, the military option was never off the table.

January 18, 2018

Kazakh President Offers Astana as Venue for Disarmament Negotiations with North Korea

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
In the run up to the fiftieth anniversary of the UN inviting nuclear haves and have-nots to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) on July 1, 1968 Kazakhstan has proposed a set of six measures aimed at the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and offered a platform for disarmament negotiations with North Korea.

January 17, 2018

Trump accuses Russia of helping North Korea evade sanctions; says U.S. needs more missile defense

Reuters
U.S. President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russia was helping North Korea to evade international sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win. ?Russia is not helping us at all with North Korea,? Trump said during an Oval Office interview with Reuters. ?What China is helping us with, Russia is denting. In other words, Russia is making up for some of what China is doing.?

January 16, 2018

Pakistan to keep policy of full spectrum deterrence

THE NATION
Minister for Defence Khurram Dastgir told the National Assembly on Monday that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear state and it would continue with its policy of ?full spectrum deterrence?. ?Pakistan will continue its policy in line with the policy of credible minimum deterrence and avoidance of armed race,? the defence minister said while reading out a policy statement over ?security contours?.

January 16, 2018

BAE ditched by Norway's $1 trillion investment fund over nuclear weapon concerns

The Telegraph
Defence group BAE Systems has been ?excluded? from investment by Norway?s $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund for ethical reasons. Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) said BAE had been dropped from investment status by the state pension fund it runs because of the company?s ?involvement in the production of key components for nuclear weapons?.

January 16, 2018

UN chief believes war over North Korea nukes is avoidable

abc news
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday he believes war over North Korea's nuclear weapons is avoidable ? but he's worried and "not yet sure that peace is guaranteed." "There is a window of opportunity," he told a news conference. "That window of opportunity will, in my opinion, hopefully, make the war avoidable, but it is important that we don't miss the opportunities that windows can provide."

January 15, 2018

China, Russia dismiss Vancouver summit as counterproductive

The Globe and Mail
Western foreign ministers attending a Vancouver summit acknowledge that a diplomatic solution to the North Korea nuclear threat can't be accomplished without China and Russia even as they examine new measures to pressure Pyongyang to the negotiating table.

January 15, 2018

Russian military conducts massive missile drills

AP
The Russian military is conducting massive drills involving truck-mounted intercontinental ballistic missile launchers. The Defense Ministry said maneuvers involving Topol-M and Yars missile launchers began Monday. Those types of nuclear-tipped ICBMs are mounted on heavy all-terrain vehicles, making it more difficult for an enemy to spot them.

January 15, 2018

Diplomats recognized for denuclearization efforts

The Korea Herald
Diplomats from the disarmament delegations of Austria, Brazil, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand and South Africa, as well as Costa Rica?s permanent representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gomez, have received the highest number of votes in a recent online poll to recognize the ?2017 Arms Control Person(s) of the Year.? The distinction recognizes their efforts to bring into being the historic

January 15, 2018

US expert on tour urges all to speak for N-disarmament

The Times of India
In view of the geo-political tensions across the globe, there is a critical need to sensitize general public about nuclear disarmament, feels professor of history and director of Nuclear Studies Institute, USA, Peter Kuznick. To fulfil this objective, Kuznick is touring major cities in India to make people realize the devastation an all-out nuclear will cause.

January 14, 2018

NATO chief: UN convention won't rid world of nuclear arms

abc news
NATO supports the idea of a world without nuclear weapons, but doesn't believe it can be achieved by imposing a ban through the United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, the military alliance's top official said Sunday. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during a speech at a security conference in Sweden that ridding the world of nuclear weapons requires a period of "painful disarmament" that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons cannot guarantee.

January 12, 2018

Review:?Neighbours in Arms:?An American Senator?s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent by Larry Pressler

Hindustan Times
There was a time Larry Pressler was, simultaneously, the third most admired man in India and the devil incarnate in Pakistan. And both because of an obscure piece of 1985 legislation that became a touchstone of US South Asia policy for a decade. In 1979, the US government cut off all civilian and military assistance to Pakistan because of a strict nuclear nonproliferation law called the Glenn-Symington Amendment.

January 12, 2018

As UNSC President Kazakhstan to tackle biggest global threats - UN Assistant Secretary-General

Kazinform
Miroslav Jen?a, UN Assistant Secretary-General, believes that during its one-month's Presidency in the UN Security Council Kazakhstan will have to look for ways to solve problems which pose threat to the future of humanity, Kazinform reports. In his remarks during an online briefing for Kazakh media from New York, Assistant Secretary-General Jen?a noted Kazakhstan's special role as the President of the UN Security Council for the month of January.

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