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February 6, 2018

Trump 'seeking nuclear war' with new policy: NKorean institute

Digital Journal
US President Donald Trump is "seeking nuclear war" through a controversial new push to revamp America's nuclear arsenal, an institute attached to North Korea's foreign ministry said Tuesday. The Pentagon's so-called Nuclear Posture Review, unveiled last week, outlined plans to develop new low-yield atomic weapons -- a move it said was necessary to confront a worsening security climate and in response to actions taken by Russia and China.

February 5, 2018

Nuclear Posture Review: A product of 20th century thinking

Last week, senior officials of the Defense, State and Energy Departments presented the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review. However, a great opportunity was lost. Instead of a serious evaluation whether or not the current Triad should be kept or modified, the NPR simply assumed continuing the current structure. Key recommendations followed respecting the limits imposed by the New Start Treaty of 1550 deployable warheads for both Russia and the U.S.

February 5, 2018

North Korea to send head of state to Seoul for first time in years

North Korea will send its nominal head of state and other senior officials to South Korea this week, as the neighbours push through with attempts at rapprochement ahead of this month?s Winter Olympics. Kim Yong-nam, the head of the North?s parliament, will be the highest-level North Korean official to visit South Korea since the North sent then-No. 2 Hwang Pyong So at the close of the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea.

February 4, 2018

Tokyo ?highly appreciates,? backs Trump?s U.S. nuke policy

The Asahi Shimbun
The Japanese government said on Feb. 3 that it ?highly appreciates? the Trump administration's new U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which effectively abandons the ideal of realizing a nuclear-free world. Tokyo welcomed the 2018 NPR, released on Feb. 2, which expands the possibility of the use of nuclear weapons, because it emphasizes that the United States will strengthen its commitment to the security of its allies.

February 4, 2018

'Bringing Humankind Closer to Annihilation': World Leaders Denounce Trump's New Nuclear Posture
As the Chinese government on Sunday urged the U.S. government to drop its "Cold War mentality" and criticized the Trump administration's new nuclear weapons posture, released Friday, other world leaders also expressed alarm that the new policy for expanded development of "smaller" atomic weapons and reduced restrictions on their use was leading "humankind closer to annihilation."

February 4, 2018

China criticizes US for nuclear adversary claims

Stars and Stripes
China on Sunday criticized a U.S. government report that cast Beijing as a potential nuclear adversary and called on Washington to reduce its own much larger arsenal and join in promoting regional stability. A Defense Ministry statement said China's nuclear arsenal is the "minimum level" required for security. It pledged never to be the first to use nuclear weapons "under any circumstances."

February 4, 2018

China?s plan to use artificial intelligence to boost the thinking skills of nuclear submarine commanders

South China Morning Post
China is working to update the rugged old computer systems on nuclear submarines with artificial intelligence to enhance the potential thinking skills of commanding officers. A submarine with AI-augmented brainpower not only would give China?s large navy an upper hand in battle under the world?s oceans but would push applications of AI technology to a new level, according to the researcher, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the project?s sensitivity.

February 3, 2018

Pentagon documents reveal Russia has huge nuclear 'doomsday torpedo'

International Business Times
Leaked Pentagon documents have seemingly revealed a "doomsday torpedo" being developed by Russia. "Kanyon" - or "Ocean Multipurpose System Status-6" as it is known in Russia - is a nuclear missile that would be kept in Russia's underwater arsenal. It is allegedly capable of nuking the entire coast of a nation, leaving it uninhabitable for at least 100 years.

February 3, 2018

US warns countries against aiding terrorists eyeing nuclear weapons

The Economic Times
The United States has warned countries against supporting non-state actors and terrorist groups trying to obtain or employ nuclear weapons. "The US will hold accountable any state or non-state actor that supports terrorist efforts to obtain or employ a nuclear weapon," under secretary of state for political affairs, Tom Shannon, told reporters at a Pentagon news conference where the Trump administration rolled out its 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).

February 2, 2018

The People Who Made a Nuclear-Weapons-Prohibition Treaty Possible

From the indigenous communities exposed by remote nuclear tests, to activists living in bustling cities across the globe?a new resistance is growing. Peace Organizations worldwide have joined together to stand up to the nine nuclear-armed states in the form of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, known commonly as ICAN.

February 2, 2018

UN chief welcomes Korea dialogue, but says political settlement needed
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters Friday he is pleased that relations have improved between North and South Korea, but the key challenge continues to be achieving the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Guterres said he was encouraged by the re-establishment of a military hotline between the two nations but said it is "absolutely essential that serious discussions take place between key actors in the process" to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons.

February 1, 2018

U.S., Russia likely to meet nuclear treaty obligations by Feb. 5: State Department

The United States fulfilled its obligations under the New Start nuclear arms treaty with Russia in August last year and expects Moscow also will be within the limits set by the accord by the Feb. 5 deadline, the State Department said on Thursday.

February 1, 2018

"U.S. is throwing a wet blanket over our efforts," North Korea tells U.N.

CBS News
Just as the final North Korea Olympic athletes were arriving in Gangneung, South Korea for the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho appealed to the U.N. chief on Thursday, to recognize Pyongyang's "positive developments" in its relations with Seoul.

February 1, 2018

Envoy believes U.S. not close to military option against North Korea

A U.S. special envoy said on Thursday all options remain on the table for solving the crisis over North Korea?s nuclear missile program but that he did not think the Trump administration was close to triggering military action. Joseph Yun, the U.S. special envoy on North Korea, said the United States was seeking a peaceful resolution and diplomacy was its preferred option.

February 1, 2018

Experts alarmed by apparent signs of Pentagon seeking more nukes

A week after assuming office, U.S. President Donald Trump directed the Department of Defense to draw up the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), the guiding principle for the government's nuclear policy. One year after his executive order, the Pentagon is said to be finalizing the report. Meanwhile, a draft of it, believed to be authentic, was leaked and is being circulated online.

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