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January 31, 2018

U.S. missile defense test unsuccessful: official

Reuters
The U.S. military carried out an unsuccessful test to shoot down an incoming dummy missile from Hawaii on Wednesday, a U.S. official said, amid heightened concerns about North Korea?s developing missile and nuclear program. The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said a SM-3 Block IIA missile was launched from an Aegis Ashore test site in Hawaii, but failed to hit another missile launched from an aircraft.

January 30, 2018

Japan seeking policy talks with China before leaders' visits

Kyodo News
Japan is proposing fresh dialogue with China in several specific fields to prepare for the potential resumption of reciprocal leaders' visits amid a thaw in long-strained bilateral ties, Japanese government sources said Tuesday. Tokyo has already put out feelers through diplomatic channels about new bilateral dialogue frameworks on climate change, nuclear disarmament and counterterrorism, the sources said, aiming to bridge policy differences to help realize the visits in the near future.

January 30, 2018

Chinese military paper urges increase in nuclear deterrence capabilities

Reuters
China must strengthen its nuclear deterrence and counter-strike capabilities to keep pace with the developing nuclear strategies of the United States and Russia, the official paper of the People?s Liberation Army (PLA) said on Tuesday.

January 30, 2018

U.S. general says North Korea not demonstrated all components of ICBM

Reuters
North Korea?s nuclear program has made strides in recent months but the country has not yet demonstrated all the components of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), including a survivable re-entry vehicle, the vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Tuesday. Air Force General Paul Selva?s remarks confirmed an assessment by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in December that North Korea?s ICBM did not pose an imminent threat to the United States.

January 30, 2018

Cold War may be over, but East Lancashire anti-nuke fight goes on

Lancashire Telegraph
?IN the old days, every small town had its own CND?group.? Joan?West?fondly?remembers the heyday of?the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, when?its?membership?once reached?100,000 people. In its quest for the global abolition of nuclear weapons, CND grabbed attention during growing international tension in the 1980s.

January 29, 2018

Nuclear-Weapons Ban Will Help Usher In Peace, Human Rights

TOWARD A NUCLEAR FREE WORLD | IDN
Eminent Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda, president of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), has welcomed the July 2017 adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) as a turning point in the global history of efforts to achieve peace and disarmament, emphasizing that while nuclear weapons exist, a world of peace and human rights will remain elusive.

January 29, 2018

Hiroshima Nuke Survivor Urges Americans to Prepare

PR Newswire
In Hiroshima, citizens had no warning, and no inkling about what a single atomic bomb could do. As a result, tens of thousands died unnecessarily. Americans were just warned again in Hawaii, and have known about nuclear weapons effects since 1945, states Physicians for Civil Defense president Jane M. Orient, M.D. "Yet few have done anything to prepare."

January 29, 2018

Trump's Nuclear Weapons Strategy Could Be Dangerous, Warns Experts

The National Interest
Arms control advocates are denouncing the Trump Administration?s draft Nuclear Posture Review (NPR), which calls for lowering the U.S. nuclear threshold and developing new classes of nuclear weapons. ?At the Arms Control Association, our take is that the NPR constitutes unnecessary, unexecutable and unsafe overreach,? Kingston Reif, director for disarmament and threat reduction policy at the Arms Control Association said during a Jan. 23 press conference.

January 29, 2018

Japan seeking policy talks with China before leaders' visits

Kyodo News
Japan is proposing fresh dialogue with China in several specific fields to prepare for the potential resumption of reciprocal leaders' visits amid a thaw in long-strained bilateral ties, Japanese government sources said Tuesday. Tokyo has already put out feelers through diplomatic channels about new bilateral dialogue frameworks on climate change, nuclear disarmament and counterterrorism, the sources said, aiming to bridge policy differences to help realize the visits in the near future.

January 29, 2018

Algeria seeks new compensation over French nuclear tests

Xinhua
Algeria said Sunday it is due to submit new proposals to France over the issue of compensation Paris has to provide to victims of nuclear tests in Algeria. "A meeting of the Algerian-French Joint Commission in charge of settling the issue of French nuclear tests in Algeria is under preparation, as we are due to present new proposals the French side," Minister of Mujahedeen (War-veterans), Tayeb Zitouni, was quoted as saying by APS news agency.

January 26, 2018

Nuclear-armed North Korea the ?immediate challenge? of our time: Henry Kissinger

The Japan Times
North Korea poses the most immediate threat to global security, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger told Congress Thursday, stressing that denuclearization of the regime must be a ?fundamental? American foreign policy goal. Kissinger also pointed to Iran as a primary challenge, and said that opposing the Islamic republic?s ?hegemonic expansion? and pursuit of nuclear weapons should remain high Washington priorities.

January 26, 2018

Nuclear War Is ?Lurking Like a Time Bomb? Despite Inter-Korean Talks, North Korean Analyst Says

Newsweek.com
A North Korean researcher at the country?s Social Science Institute warned that the recent inter-Korean dialogue did not lessen the threat of nuclear war on the Korean peninsula, in an article published in the ruling-party-controlled newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

January 26, 2018

Israel thwarts PA bid to join UN nuclear disarmament body

Middle East Monitor
Israel has thwarted Palestinian Authority efforts to obtain observer status at the UN Conference on Disarmament (UNOG), Israel Radio reported on Thursday. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has apparently been working behind the scenes with member states, including the United States, to prevent the PA?s accession to the international body this year.

January 26, 2018

Kim Jong Un's slush fund running out of fuel after numerous missile, nuclear tests, report says

Fox News
Kim Jong Un's trigger-happy antics have nearly depleted a critical slush fund the North Korean despot uses to run his isolated country -- and the Hermit Kingdom's participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics is merely a scheme to refill his coffers, according to a report.

January 25, 2018

South Korea minister says military option 'unacceptable' on North Korea crisis

Reuters
South Korea?s foreign minister said on Thursday the standoff over North Korea?s nuclear program must be resolved diplomatically, and she was certain Washington would consult her government first if a military option were to be considered. ?The nuclear issue has to be solved through negotiations and diplomatic endeavors. This idea of a military solution is unacceptable,? Kang Kyung-wha said at a news briefing on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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