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March 9, 2018

Japan welcomes Trump-Kim talks but says North Korea must commit to denuclearisation

The Straits Times
The Straits Times Japan?s prime minister on Friday (March 9) welcomed the surprise announcement of a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korea?s Kim Jong Un by May. "I highly appreciate North Korea?s change that it will begin talks on the premise of denuclearisation,? Mr Shinzo Abe said, adding that he planned to visit the United States to meet Mr Trump ?as early as April?.

March 9, 2018

China calls for US, North Korea to show ?political courage? to ease nuclear tension, welcomes Trump-Kim talks

South China Morning Post
China on Friday urged US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to show ?political courage? to reduce nuclear tensions as it welcomed the stunning announcement that they would hold direct talks by May. ?We welcome this positive signal by the US and North Korea in having direct dialogue,? foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in Beijing.

March 9, 2018

Kim Jong-un to meet Trump by May after North Korea invitation

The Guardian
Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to hold an unprecedented summit meeting to discuss the future of the embattled regime?s nuclear and missile programme. In a stunning development following months of tension and mutual sabre-rattling, senior South Korean officials appeared outside the White House to announce the news, having verbally conveyed Kim?s invitation to Trump.

March 8, 2018

Action Needed to Ratify the 1996 Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
he following is a slightly abridged and modified text of his address on 26 February to the High-level segment of the Conference on Disarmament, multilateral disarmament negotiating forum where the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) in Geneva was negotiated in the 1990s. (Read the original text here.) Dr. Zerbo stressed that "we must take great care to preserve the integrity of the institutions and instruments we have and to build trust in them and around them.

March 7, 2018

Prospects for diplomatic solution to NK nuclear issue are brightening

The Hankyoreh
After North Korea communicated its willingness to engage in denuclearization talks with the US to South Korean President Moon Jae-in?s special delegation to the North, the prospects for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear issue have brightened. In effect, the North Korean nuclear issue has not been seriously discussed in the arena of diplomatic negotiations during the decade since the Six-Party Talks ended in late 2008.

March 7, 2018

UN, EU, Experts Hail Outcome of Inter-Korean Talks, Call For Availing of Peace Opportunities

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
The United Nations and the European Union as well as independent arms control experts have welcomed the results of latest talks between South and North Korea, and called for seizing the opportunities opening up for peace in the region and for reducing international tensions. The significance of emerging prospects is underlined by the fact that though the Korean War ended in 1953, in the absence of a peace treaty the two Koreas are technically still at war.

March 7, 2018

Talks With North Korea? China Approves (No Matter the Outcome)

The New York Times
When China hosted the last serious talks on North Korea?s nuclear weapons program, in the mid-2000s, the setting was a huge, hexagonal table covered in green felt, in a government guesthouse in Beijing. At each side of the table, made specially by the Chinese, were diplomats from one of the six countries involved: North and South Korea, the United States, Japan, Russia and China itself.

March 7, 2018

North Korea's outreach greeted with scepticism

abc news
President Donald Trump appears to have gotten what he wanted from North Korea: a willingness to suspend nuclear testing and a promise to put its entire arsenal of atomic weapons on the negotiating table. But is it too good to be true? After a year of threatening "fire and fury" and ridiculing North Korea's young leader Kim Jong Un, Trump is now touting diplomatic progress between the rival Koreas.

March 7, 2018

China urges North Korea and South Korea to ?seize opportunity? after leaders summit agreed

South China Morning Post
China has cautiously welcomed an agreement by North and South Korea to hold a historic summit, urging both sides to ?seize the current opportunity? to promote the denuclearisation of the peninsula. The foreign ministry issued a statement late on Tuesday praising the ?positive outcomes? of a meeting between South Korean envoys and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang.

March 6, 2018

Trump says North Korea is 'sincere' on reported offer to hold nuclear talks

Chicago Tribune
he White House responded with cautious optimism Tuesday to North Korea's reported proposal to hold "candid talks" with the United States and South Korea, and to put its nuclear weapons and missile testing programs on hold while engaged in dialogue. "I think they are sincere," said President Donald Trump, who attributed the apparent change in attitude to the tough sanctions and other actions that the United States has applied and pushed others to impose on North Korea.

March 6, 2018

Donald Trump cautious on N Korea nuclear disarmament talks

BBC
Donald Trump has reacted cautiously to news that North Korea is willing to talk about giving up its nuclear weapons if it did not feel threatened. The US president said "the statements coming out of South Korea and North Korea have been very positive", but also said it might be a "false hope". South Korea earlier said the subject was raised when its officials met the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, on Monday. Seoul said Mr Kim was also open to US talks, and would pause weapons testing.

March 6, 2018

Nuclear Deterrence Policy Gathering Steam in India

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
"Though India is a reluctant nuclear power, nuclear deterrence will continue to play a crucial role in India's national security strategy over the next few decades," says Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, Distinguished Fellow at India's Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA).

March 6, 2018

Mixed Reactions To Inter-Korean Accord

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
South Korean political parties on March 6 demonstrated mixed reactions to the results of the high-stakes visit to North Korea by President Moon Jae-in's special envoys, which included an agreement to hold a cross-border summit next month. Shortly after returning from his two-day visit to Pyongyang, Chung Eui-yong, Moon's chief security advisor and head of the South's 10-member delegation, announced a set of agreements with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

March 5, 2018

Kazakhstan Signs Ban Treaty After Security Council Debut

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
Kazakhstan, known as an active and staunch supporter of a world free of nuclear weapons, became 57th country to sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on March 2. The Treaty, which opened for signature on September 20, 2017, will remain open indefinitely. It will enter into force 90 days after 50 nations have ratified or acceded to it. Until now, five states have ratified the Treaty: Guyana, Holy See and Thailand on September 20, 2017 immediately after signing.

March 5, 2018

?Iran can resume nuclear enrichment to 20% purity in 2 days?

Tehran Times
Behrooz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said on Monday that Tehran can resume enriching uranium to the purity of 20 percent in less than two days. ?We are able to return to the former state and even to a new state several times better than the previous one. For example, we can take action in less than 48 hours if we want to enrich to the purity of 20 percent,? Kamalvandi asserted.

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