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March 16, 2018

North Korea nuclear reactors show new signs of activity
New satellite imagery examined by Western experts suggests North Korea has begun preliminary testing of one of its nuclear reactors at the Yongbyon research facility. The disclosure comes as preparations get underway for the summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in next month -- and ahead of Kim's planned meeting with President Trump in May.

March 15, 2018

Saudi crown prince warns it will build nuclear bomb if Tehran does the same

The Guardian
Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman has set out plans for Saudi Arabia to develop nuclear weapons if Tehran makes the same move in the event of a collapse of the international nuclear deal signed in 2015. The prospect of a Middle East nuclear arms race will unnerve European leaders who are urging Donald Trump to retain the Iran nuclear deal which imposed strict curbs on the Iranian nuclear programme in return for sanctions relief.

March 14, 2018

Failure of past deals hangs over NK talks

The Korea Herald
Just two months after North Korea?s leader Kim Jong-un succeeded his father Kim Jong-il in late February 2012, a glimmer of hope emerged in Washington that the young leader would end the nuclear standoff. In what was dubbed the ?leap day? deal, the North agreed on Feb. 29 that year to suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and uranium enrichment. It also allowed international inspectors to monitor activities at its main nuclear complex.

March 14, 2018

European Parliament in 'secret' talks with North Korea

The Telegraph
European Parliament delegation said Wednesday it has been conducting secret talks with North Korea over the last three years to try to persuade Pyongyang to negotiate an end to its nuclear programme. The group led by British MEP Nirj Deva has met senior North Korean officials, including ministers, 14 times and plans another meeting in Brussels in the near future.

March 14, 2018

Trump?s choice of Pompeo positive for NK-US talks: expert

The Korea Herald
US President Donald Trump?s decision to tap a hard-liner as his new secretary of state ahead of a historic US-North Korea summit hints at serious intentions for the talks, and his determination to tighten his grip over North Korea policy, experts say. The decision to pick Mike Pompeo, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, who has been loyal to Trump, could boost US-North Korea talks, they say.

March 13, 2018

Japan cautious while South Korea upbeat after North Korea talks in Tokyo

Differences between Japan and South Korea on how to handle North Korea emerged on Tuesday with South Korea upbeat on prospects but a more cautious Japan demanding that North Korea account for Japanese people it says North Korea abducted decades ago.

March 13, 2018

Japan considering summit between Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

The Straits Times
The Japanese government plans to explore the possibility of a summit between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as it considers new ways to deal with the North, reported Kyodo news agency on Tuesday (March 13), citing government sources. This came after Abe and other officials were briefed by South Korean National Intelligence Service chief Suh Hoon.

March 12, 2018

Trump-Kim summit expectations high, but North Korea unlikely to part with its ?treasured nuclear sword? any time soon

The Japan Times
After years of failed attempts by the United States and others, is U.S. President Donald Trump the man who can strip North Korea of its nuclear weapons and bring lasting peace to the Korean Peninsula? Trump remains ever confident that he is the right man for the job, but experts say North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is not about to part with his ?treasured nuclear sword? ? at least not any time soon.

March 12, 2018

White House expects North Korea summit to happen despite Pyongyang's silence

The White House said on Monday it fully expected an unprecedented meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to take place, if North Korea stuck to its promises, even though Pyongyang has yet to comment publicly on the possibility of a summit.

March 12, 2018

U.S. Undermining the Global Nuclear Testing Taboo

A new document that outlines U.S. nuclear policy, strategy, capabilities and force posture for the next five to ten years proclaims that the Trump Administration does not intend to ratify a global treaty banning nuclear weapons tests. Nor does it rule out resuming such tests. The document, titled 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), proclaims that "the United States does not support the ratification of the CTBT."

March 11, 2018

Israeli PM warns of nuclear arms race in Mideast

sraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East if the nuclear deal to limit Iran's nuclear program would not be changed or revoked. During remarks at the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting, Netanyahu said his discussions with United States President Donald Trump and other officials in Washington last week focused mainly on Iran.

March 11, 2018

Trump's condition for Kim meeting is no nuclear, missile test: Mnuchin

U.S. President Donald Trump?s condition for meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is that there be no nuclear or missile testing, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Sunday. ?There shouldn?t be confusion,? Mnuchin told NBC?s ?Meet the Press? program, when asked about White House press secretary Sarah Sanders? statement on Friday that there would be no meeting without concrete and verifiable actions by North Korea.

March 20, 2018

China, not North Korea, to dominate Japan military planning

North Korea?s growing missile arsenal might be the most obvious and immediate military threat facing Japan, but defense planners in Tokyo are focused on a much larger and more challenging foe as they prepare for the years ahead. China has stepped up military spending and already dominates the South China Sea, through which Japan?s trade with major markets including Europe and the Middle East flows.

March 10, 2019

Kim-Trump nuclear talks to put China on the outer but Beijing ?will still be in the game?

South China Morning Post
Direct talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea are expected to sideline China in efforts to curb Pyongyang?s nuclear programme, analysts said. But Chinese state media said on the weekend that Beijing would still play a role in resolving the crisis.

March 9, 2018

China, Japan and Russia hail upcoming meeting between US President Trump and North Korea's Kim Jong Un

The Straits Times
China, Japan and Russia have cheered an impending meeting between United States President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a "significant first step" towards the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. The unprecedented meeting between the top leaders of the US and North Korea, to take place by May, marks the pinnacle of an abrupt thaw in ties since the North's olive branch to the South at the turn of the year.

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