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January 7, 2018

Trump tweet on nuclear button keeps North Korea's Kim 'on his toes': Haley

Reuters
Jeff Mason
U.S. President Donald Trump?s tweet about having a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong Un?s has kept the North Korean leader ?on his toes? and made clear the risks of a nuclear standoff, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday. After Kim asserted that he had a nuclear button at the ready, Trump last week dismissed the taunt by saying in a tweet that the U.S. button at his disposal was bigger and more powerful.

January 6, 2018

Trump Says U.S. Open to North Korea Talks at the Right Time

Bloomberg
Margaret Talev and Bill Allison
President Donald Trump said the U.S. was open to joining discussions with South Korea and North Korea at ?the appropriate time,? and that he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong Un under the right conditions.

January 5, 2018

Landmark Vatican Conference on Nuclear Disarmament Brings a Breeze of Expectation

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
Ramesh Jaura
There was an air of surprise when religious leaders and representatives of civil society, officials of State and international organizations, eminent academics, Nobel Laureates, and students, gathered in the Vatican City against the backdrop of an escalating face-off between the U.S. and North Korea.

January 4, 2018

Former ICBM Launch Officer Calls for Reforming Presidential Nuclear Launch Authority

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
J C Suresh
Cofounder of the organization Global Zero, and a former Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile launch officer has called for major changes to prevent a U.S. President from ordering the use of nuclear weapons.

January 4, 2018

Congress Must Take Away Trump's Nuclear Weapons in Its First Vote of the Year, Lawmaker Says

Newsweek.com
Cristina Silva
U.S. Representative Ro Khanna is urging Congress to vote to limit President Donald Trump's war powers when lawmakers return next week to Washington, D.C. after the president tweeted this week about his "much bigger" and "more powerful" nuclear arsenal compared to North Korea's Kim Jong Un.

January 4, 2018

Can Trump launch nukes at the push of a button? This and 5 other questions on nuclear weapons answered

The Straits Times
It is a question on many people's minds. Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton raised it during the 2016 presidential campaign, asking voters to ponder if her opponent Donald Trump should be entrusted with the world's most deadly arsenal: 6,800 nuclear weapons. She said Mr Trump's tweets are evidence he should be kept away from the nuclear codes. He cannot be trusted "to have his finger on the nuclear button", she said during the third and final presidential debate in late 2016.

January 3, 2018

President Trump Is Developing a Missile That Would Break a Nuclear Arms Treaty With Russia

TIME
W.J. Hennigan
Buried inside the mammoth $700 billion defense bill President Donald Trump signed last month is a relatively miniscule $25 million to fund development of a new road-mobile, ground-launched cruise missile. The program could be easily overlooked amid the Christmas list of military hardware the administration is buying, except for one thing: the missile is prohibited by a 30-year-old Cold War arms control agreement with Russia.

January 3, 2018

America's UN ambassador dismisses proposed North-South Korea talks

The Guardian
Julian Borger
The US envoy to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, has distanced the Trump administration from proposed contacts between North and South Korea, saying it would not take any talks seriously if Pyongyang did not abandon its nuclear arsenal. .

January 2, 2018

Sweden defies US, NATO threats over UN nuclear ban treaty

Daily Sabah
Anadolu Agency
Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstr?m said Tuesday Stokholm may sign a UN deal to ban nuclear weapons despite threats from the U.S. and NATO. "We will make an independent assessment and then make a decision. We do not care about threats. It is not acceptable to make such statements. It's counterproductive, this conversation needs to be done calmly and sensibly," Wallstr?m said on television.

January 2, 2018

Kim Jong Un's Trap for South Korea

The Atlantic
Scott Snyder
With about five weeks to go until the Winter Olympics in South Korea, North Korea?s Kim Jong Un suddenly appeared to reverse course. Having focused on nuclear and missile testing while rejecting conciliatory calls from the South to open dialogue, Kim in a New Year?s speech made his own offer for talks on how to create a peaceful environment for the Olympics and the 70th anniversary of North Korea?s founding. The South quickly accepted, proposing to hold talks next week.

January 2, 2018

Americans should worry about Kim's mental fitness, not Trump's: White House

Reuters
David Brunnstrom, Christine Kim
The White House on Wednesday defended Donald Trump?s tweet about the size of his nuclear button, saying Americans should be concerned about the North Korean leader?s mental fitness, not their president?s. On Tuesday, Trump responded to a New Year?s Day speech in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned he had a nuclear button on his desk by saying that his nuclear button ?is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!?

January 1, 2018

Kim Jong-un?s Overture Could Drive a Wedge Between South Korea and the U.S.

The New York Times
Choe Sang-Hun and David E Sanger
Beyond a New Year?s declaration by North Korea?s leader, Kim Jong-un, that he would move to the mass production of nuclear weapons and intercontinental missiles in 2018 lies a canny new strategy to initiate direct talks with South Korea in the hope of driving a wedge into its seven-decade alliance with the United States.

January 1, 2018

Kim Jong-un: North Korea's nuclear arsenal is now complete

The Guardian
Justin McCurry
North Korea?s leader, Kim Jong-un, has warned the United States his country?s nuclear forces are now ?completed?, adding that the nuclear launch button was always within easy reach. While he remained defiant in his confrontation with Donald Trump, he struck a more conciliatory note on relations with South Korea, offering to start talks on sending a North Korean delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

December 31, 2017

UN Chief Issues 'Red Alert,' Calls for Defending Shared Values

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
United Nations Secretary-General Ant?nio Guterres has issued "a red alert for our world" in his message on the occasion of 2018 New Year. It's probably the first time ever a UN Chief has done so. He does not explicitly refer to the nuclear muscle-flexing between the United States and North Korea, but warns: "Global anxieties about nuclear weapons are the highest since the Cold War."

December 27, 2017

Duke of Edinburgh supported nuclear disarmament, letters reveal

The Telegraph
The Duke of Edinburgh supported nuclear disarmament and described the Cold War arms race as "ridiculous", newly declassified correspondence has revealed. Letters between the Duke, who served in the Navy in the Second World War, and Labour politician Lord Brockway show that he supported the views of his uncle Earl Mountbatten.

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