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February 21, 2018

North Korea cancelled planned meeting with U.S. VP Pence - Pence's office

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un?s sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans cancelled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.

February 21, 2018

North Korea Crisis: UN official says is hopeful of Seoul-Pyongyang rapprochement

South Korea was expected to be the setting for historic talks between Pyongyang and Washington -- on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics. High-ranking officials from the Northern peninsula however, abruptly backed out only hours ahead of that meeting.

February 20, 2018

U.S. Pursues Saudi Nuclear Deal, Despite Proliferation Risk

The Wall Street Journal
The Trump administration is pursuing a deal to sell nuclear reactors to Saudi Arabia despite the kingdom?s refusal to accept the most stringent restrictions against the proliferation of nuclear weapons, U.S. officials say. Saudi Arabia?s nuclear energy ambitions could open a new market worth tens of billions of dollars, drawing countries including Russia, South Korea and China to compete for the business.

February 19, 2018

The grand picture of verifying nuclear disarmament: What needs to be done?

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
With today?s nuclear weapon modernization efforts and plans, as well as recent dangerous changes in nuclear policy, in particular the United States? Nuclear Posture Review, the goal of a world without nuclear weapons?global zero?seems very far away. Given this peculiar situation, however, efforts to prepare for nuclear disarmament must be redoubled.

February 19, 2018

North Korea ?fully ready for both dialogue and war,? state media says

The Japan Times
North Korea is ?fully ready for both dialogue and war? and prepared to respond to any U.S. ?provocation by prompt counterstrike,? state-run media said Monday as the Winter Olympics continued in South Korea.

February 18, 2018

Leader: Iran against WMDs but promotes defense power

Tehran Times
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that Iran considers nuclear bomb and other weapons of mass destruction as religiously banned, but does anything necessary to increase its defense capability. ?Of course we consider atomic bomb and weapons of mass destruction as haram but we strongly seek (to build) whatever necessary (to promote our defense power,? the Leader remarked.

February 18, 2018

U.S.-Russia Tension Flares Over Nuclear Arms Control Now at Risk

As tensions escalate between Russia and the U.S., the nuclear-armed former Cold War rivals are risking the future of decades-old arms control agreements that have helped to keep a strategic balance and prevent the risk of accidental war. The conflict played out at a global security conference in Germany where Russia aired grievances about the U.S. and the Trump administration said a new nuclear doctrine unveiled this month doesn?t increase risks.

February 17, 2018

Escalate to de-escalate? US and Russia trade jabs on nuclear arms use

f anyone had any doubt left, a panel discussion today at the Munich Security Conference showcased with brutal clarity that the United States and Russia have very little common ground for a rapprochement on nuclear weapons ? or much else, for that matter.

February 17, 2018

U.S., Russia both meeting nuclear treaty goals

The United States and Russia both have confirmed they are in compliance with the New START treaty. The Federation of American Scientists applauded the achievement as a bright spot in anotherwise troubled relationship.

February 18, 2018

China reiterates non-first-use principle of nuclear weapons

A senior Chinese diplomat said Saturday that China is committed to the principle of non-first-use of nuclear weapon, expressing concerns about the danger of nuclear development at present at the ongoing Munich Security Conference (MSC).

February 15, 2018

US wasting billions on nuclear bombs that serve no purpose and are security liability ? experts

The Guardian
The US is to spend billions of dollars upgrading 150 nuclear bombs positioned in Europe, although the weapons may be useless as a deterrent and a potentially catastrophic security liability, according to a new report by arms experts. A third of the B61 bombs in Europe under joint US and Nato control are thought to be kept at Incirlik base in Turkey, 70 miles from the Syrian border, which has been the subject of serious concerns.

February 15, 2018

Abe and Trump agree to maintain pressure on North Korea until it?s willing to give up its nuclear program

The Japan Times
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed in telephone talks Wednesday night to continue to put pressure on North Korea over its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs. Abe told reporters after the conversation ? which lasted more than an hour ? that he and Trump affirmed they will maintain the pressure until North Korea seeks dialogue on the basis of giving up its nuclear program.

February 13, 2018

U.S. intelligence chief says North Korea 'decision time' is near

The U.S. director of national intelligence warned on Tuesday that time was running out for the United States to act on the threat posed by North Korea?s nuclear weapons program. North Korea presents ?a potentially existential? threat to the United States and is likely to conduct more weapons tests this year, Dan Coats said at the Senate Intelligence Committee?s annual hearing on ?Worldwide Threats.?

February 12, 2018

Pence raises prospect of talks with North Korea while applying 'maximum pressure'

The United States has appeared to endorse deeper post-Olympics engagement between South and North Korea that could lead to direct U.S. talks, but has agreed with Seoul that sanctions must be intensified to push Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.

February 12, 2018

Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula into Stable Peace in Northeast Asia

'Building Stable Peace in Northeast Asia: Managing and Transforming Risks on the Korean Peninsula' was the subject of a colloquium in which regional experts on peace and security, policy makers and civil society organizations from the United States, China, South Korea and Japan participated against the backdrop of a volatile situation in the region.

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