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March 23, 2018

U.S. trusts S. Korea in preparing for N.K. summit: State Department

Yonhap News Agency
The United States is preparing for its summit with North Korea based on what its ally South Korea has said about the proposed meeting, the State Department said Thursday. U.S. President Donald Trump agreed this month to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May. The surprise announcement came after South Korean officials verbally delivered Kim's invitation to meet.

March 21, 2018

Ill-prepared Kim-Trump summit could worsen US-NK relations: Mearsheimer

The Korea Herald
Despite high hopes for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea?s Kim Jong-un, their first-ever encounter carries the risks of ending in failure and bringing tension back to the Korean Peninsula, a prominent US security scholar warned. John Mearsheimer, a professor at the University of Chicago, said there is a chance that the Trump-Kim summit may not materialize, or if the talks fail, the two counties could return to the level of animosity of last year.

March 21, 2018

There?s a New Cold War Brewing in Space

Bloomberg
The commander-in-chief?s recent musings about forming a new military branch, a U.S. Space Force, revives a debate that began almost 20 years ago about whether the Pentagon?s space activities should be moved to a new command. ?Space is a war-fighting domain, just like the land, air and sea,? President Donald Trump said, standing before a Marine Corps F/A-18 fighter jet while addressing service members March 13 near San Diego. ?We may even have a Space Force, develop another one.

March 21, 2018

Netanyahu: Israel has consistent policy - prevent enemies from obtaining nuclear weapons

The Jerusalem Post
Israel has a consistent policy of preventing its enemies from acquiring nuclear weapons, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday, 12 hours after the IDF Censor allowed publication of details of the 2007 attack on a nuclear reactor that was being built in northeastern Syria. ?The Israeli government, IDF and Mossad prevented Syria from developing nuclear capabilities,? Netanyahu said in a statement.

March 21, 2018

U.S. lawmakers launch bill bolstering nuclear proliferation safeguards

Reuters
U.S. lawmakers introduced a bill on Wednesday to ensure that countries striking deals with Washington on sharing nuclear power technology abandon fuel-making activities that could be altered to make material for nuclear weapons. U.S. Representatives Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, and Brad Sherman, a Democrat, introduced the bill as officials from Saudi Arabia work with the administration of President Donald Trump on a deal that could relax safeguards on nuclear proliferation.

March 21, 2018

South Korea's Moon says three-way summit with North Korea, U.S. possible

Reuters
South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Wednesday a three-way summit with North Korea and the United States is possible and that talks should aim for an end to the nuclear threat on the Korean peninsula. Moon is planning a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month after a flurry of diplomatic activity in Asia, Europe and the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump has also said he would meet Kim by the end of May.

March 20, 2018

U.S. Says Russia Deployment Of 'Banned' Cruise Missile Increasing

Radio Free Europe | Radio Liberty
The commander of U.S. nuclear forces says that Russia has increased its deployment of cruise missiles that Washington asserts are in violation of a key Cold War arms-control treaty, a signal that Moscow continues to be undeterred by U.S. warnings.

March 20, 2018

Trump says he will meet Putin to discuss ?arms race that is getting out of control?

RT.com
US President Donald Trump said he will meet his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in the not too distant future to discuss an arms race that Trump called ?out of control.? He also congratulated Putin on his election victory. Trump answered a question about Putin as he was holding a meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House.

March 20, 2018

U.S.-South Korea military exercises to resume next month

Reuters
The United States and South Korea will resume joint military drills next month, Seoul and Washington said on Tuesday, exercises that will go ahead despite U.S. President Donald Trump?s planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Seoul and Washington said in January they would delay the annual exercises until after the Winter Olympics and Paralympics held in South Korea last month, helping to create conditions for a resumption of talks between South and North Korea.

March 19, 2018

China?s role on the peninsula remains vital

Global Times
The world was stunned by the White House's announcement of an unprecedented summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un by May. On the one hand, some senior US officials are hailing the meeting as a victory for US-led sanctions under the current administration's maximum pressure approach. On the other hand, Trump's critics are condemning his amateurishness and abruptness in making the decision.

March 19, 2018

Moscow seeks no arms race, wants to resolve disputes: Putin

Reuters
Russia has no desire for a new arms race and will do everything it can to resolve differences with other countries, while defending its national interests, President Vladimir Putin said on Monday.

March 18, 2018

Mike Pompeo Leading U.S-North Korea Back-Channel Negotiations, Report Says

Newsweek.com
Mike Pompeo, the current CIA director and President Donald Trump?s pick for secretary of state, is spearheading back-channel communications with Pyongyang ahead of an upcoming meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un, according to the New York Times. The report indicated that Pompeo?s leading role in communicating with the North Koreans reveals the State Department?s dwindling responsibility in setting up one of the most anticipated talks between a sitting president and a rogue dictator.

March 18, 2018

U.S., South Korea, Japan security advisers meet on North Korean summits: Seoul

Reuters
The national security advisers of the United States, South Korea and Japan met over the weekend to discuss North Korea and the ?complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,? South Korea?s presidential Blue House said on Monday.

March 16, 2018

Ring the Doorbell and Run: How Nuclear Rivals Harass Each Other

Bloomberg
Ringing the doorbell in the middle of the night and running away. Obscene phone calls. Cutting off power and water supplies. Car chases, aggressive confrontations and children intimidated. It might sound like an acrimonious neighborhood dispute, and in some ways it is. But the neighbors in this case are the nuclear-armed geopolitical rivals India and Pakistan, who have fought three wars since the partition of India in 1947 and still trade fire across a de facto border in disputed Kashmir.

March 16, 2018

India takes nuclear non-proliferation very seriously: Sitharaman

The Economic Times
India takes nuclear non-proliferation very seriously and unlike some of its neighbours, it does not believe in "dirty bombs", Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said today, in an oblique reference to Pakistan. Sitharaman, while speaking at a book release function here, said India is complying with nuclear non-proliferation regulations despite not being a signatory to the non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

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