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China 'willing to work with US' to ease tensions over North Korea, top diplomat tells Trump.

China’s top diplomat told Donald Trump that Beijing was willing to keep working with Washington to defuse tensions on the Korean peninsula, days after the US leader implied that Chinese efforts had failed. The meeting between State Councillor Yang Jiechi and Trump at the White House on Thursday also came after US ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Will America Wage War with a Nuclear-Armed North Korea?.

Robert E Kelly Security, Asia America is facing a countdown that ends with a verified North Korean ability to strike the continental United States with a nuclear weapon. It is increasingly clear that North Korea is driving toward a nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile which could strike the U.S. homeland. A ...

- The National Interest - US

Trump's Unraveling Korea Policy.

US President Donald Trump's signature Asian policy – his pledge to stop North Korea's development of nuclear weapons – should have been a clear-cut example of American military support to its allies in the region. Unfortunately, like so much of Trump's foreign policy agenda, it has proved to be anything but that.

- Project Syndicate - US

Scrutiny intensifies over safety at US nuclear weapons lab.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The safety record at the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is facing intensifying criticism as work ramps up to produce a key component for the nation's nuclear weapons cache.

- Yahoo! News - US

Caroline Lucas's Diary.

Saving my Commons seat, feeling sorry for Black Rod, and banning the bomb. At the start of the week, I was in New York, where 130 countries are involved in the process of negotiating a global ban on nuclear weapons. You might not have heard of these talks, but there have been positive developments. Some nuclear states have ...

- New Statesman - UK

Our new secretary of the Energy is completely addled when it comes to basic climate science.

Up until this last experiment in American governance, it was widely expected that the secretary of Energy, a position responsible for our nation's nuclear weapons and reactor research, among other duties, would be a person with at least basic competency in the sciences. Past secretaries have included nuclear physicists, ...

- Daily Kos - US

Trump administration looking to get China to step up pressure on North Korea.

Top Trump administration officials held high-level meetings Wednesday with their Chinese counterparts as the White House struggles to find new ways to put pressure on North Korea to throttle back its nuclear arms program. We hope China will do their part,' Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told...

- Los Angeles Times - US

US asks China to pressurise North Korea to reduce escalation.

, June 22 : U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has asked China to exert more economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea if Beijing wants to prevent further escalation in the region.Addressing in a joint press conference with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis after meeting top Chinese diplomats on Wednesday, Tillerson ...

- Sify - IN

Revised draft nuke ban treaty retains reference to hibakusha.

A revised preamble of a draft treaty to ban nuclear weapons retains a reference to victims of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, according ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Top U.S. nuclear weapons lab under heavy scrutiny amid reports of safety lapses.

The safety record at the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is facing intensifying criticism as work ramps up to produce a key component ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Scrutiny intensifies over safety at US nuclear weapons lab.

The safety record at the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is facing intensifying criticism as work ramps up to produce a key component for the nation's nuclear weapons cache.

- PhysOrg - NL

Tillerson urges China to put more pressure on North Korea

WASHINGTON, June 22 — US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson yesterday urged Chinese officials to apply greater diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea to force Pyongyang to rein in its nuclear weapons programme. Tillerson's remarks...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Scrutiny intensifies over safety concerns at US nuclear weapons lab

Los Alamos National Laboratory via APALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The safety record at the US laboratory that created the atomic bomb is facing intensifying criticism as work ramps up to produce a key component for the nation’s nuclear weapons cache. A series published this week by the Center for Public Integrity cites ...

- Business Insider - US

The State Department warns U.S. citizens to stay away from North Korea. Why hundreds go anyway every year

North Korea, obviously, isn't a tourist destination for American families. The reclusive totalitarian state has an abysmal human rights record, impoverished residents and an illicit nuclear weapons program — and it has detained numerous visitors over the years. Yet hundreds of American tourists...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Scrutiny intensifies over safety at US nuclear weapons lab

The safety record at the U.S. laboratory that created the atomic bomb is facing intensifying criticism as work ramps up to...

- Deseret News - US

Trump trolled China before North Korea talks even began

Senior U.S. and Chinese officials began a series of meetings in Washington Wednesday, seeking to tackle the escalating North Korean threat. It is unclear if President Trump will attend any of the discussions, but he has already undermined the talks, telling Beijing its efforts to curb Pyongyang's nuclear weapons

- VICE News - US

Hundreds of U.S. citizens tour North Korea each year despite warnings to stay away

North Korea, obviously, isn’t a tourist destination for American families.The reclusive totalitarian state has an abysmal human rights record, impoverished residents and an illicit nuclear weapons program — and it has detained numerous visitors over the years.Yet hundreds of American tourists still...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

U.S.-China Talks On North Korea Start In Washington

The threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons program and its ballistic missiles is expected to top the agenda of talks between high-ranking U.S. and Chinese officials later on June 21.

- Radio Free Europe - US

North Korean nuke test site sees more buildup as tensions rise

North Korea is continuing to mass resources at a known weapons testing site inside the country, a defense source told Fox News on Wednesday, prompting worries Pyongyang could be plotting to greenlight another provocative nuclear bomb test amid heightened tensions following the death this week of an American student who had ...

- FOX News - US

US-China dialogue to ramp up pressure on North Korea

Washington - The threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons programme and its ballistic missiles will be at the top of the agenda when high-ranking US and Chinese officials meet Wednesday in Washington. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence James Mattis will ...

- The Raw Story - US

Work underway at NKorean nuclear test facility: US officials

June 21, 2017, 12:37 PM Unidentified US officials were quoted as saying Tuesday that American spy satellites have detected a resumption of activity at an underground nuclear test site in North Korea, apparently at one of the facility's tunnels. The officials said it was not clear whether the discovery indicates that ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

Japan should join negotiations to ban nuclear weapons

Japan's failure to participate in the treaty negotiations could imperil its credibility as a country serious about nuclear disarmament.

- The Japan Times - JP

A-bomb survivors press for weapon ban, to make Nagasaki nuclear bombing world's last

Two Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors pressed countries participating in negotiations Monday for a first-ever treaty banning nuclear weapons to realize their dream of seeing the ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Iran objects to Tillerson's call for regime change, delivers protest at UN

, June 21 : Iran has objected to the calls made by the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson of supporting efforts of a regime change in Tehran and also threatening to pursue sanctions on Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.Speaking before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rex Tillerson said that Washington will support ...

- Sify - IN

The tragedy of Otto Warmbier: An attack on freedom of thought

What happened to American student Otto Warmbier in North Korea reveals the central threat to that despotic regime. Kim Jong-un's greatest fear isn't nuclear weapons, it's freedom of thought, writes Sara James.

- ABC News - AU

North Korea's Real Strategy

North Korea's quest for nuclear weapons is often depicted as a rational' response to its strategic imperatives of national security and regime survival. In fact, North Korea seeks to decouple the US and its South Korean partner – a split that would enable the reunification of the Korean Peninsula on Kim's terms.

- Project Syndicate - US

US Gen Hyten wants Pentagon nuclear modernisation efforts accelerated

Key Points A top US officer wants the Pentagon to accelerate its nuclear weapons modernisation efforts These are huge programmes that will all be modernised simultaneously The United States officer in charge of its nuclear arsenal wants the Pentagon to accelerate its nuclear modernisation

- Jane’s - US

Report: Safety problems at Los Alamos lab endanger US arsenal

The report by the Center for Public Integrity comes as the lab is under orders to ramp up production of the plutonium pits' that serve as triggers for nuclear bombs.

- Stars and Stripes - US

Anti-nuclear bomb activists arrested at US mission to UN

More than a dozen activists were arrested for disorderly conduct after they blocked the entrances to the United States mission to the United Nations on Monday to protest Washington's decision to boycott negotiations on a nuclear weapons ban treaty. Chanting “U.S. join the talks, ban the ...

- The Raw Story - US

'Lousy options' as N. Korea races for long-range nuclear weapons

"CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell is in South Korea ahead of her interview with newly-elected President Moon Jae-in

- CBS NEWS - US

The U.S. Military Wants Lasers to Shoot Down North Korean ICBMs

Zachary Keck Security, Americas Could it happen?  As North Korea continues its relentless pursuit towards acquiring intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to the American homeland, the United States is seeking a new tool to shoot them down. This week the Missile Defense Agency published ...

- The National Interest - US

Nuclear Abolitionists From Across the Globe Convene to Demand a Nuclear Free Future

American Friends Service Committee Nuclear weapons abolitionists from around the world will gather for an international conference on Sunday June 18. The conference, organized by the international Peace & Planet Network will be held as representatives of the majority of the world's governments meet at the United Nations to ...

- Common Dreams - US

Forget North Korea: Why the World Should Fear Pakistan's Nukes

Kyle Mizokami Security, Asia Pakistan's nuclear program goes back to the 1950s, during the early days of its rivalry with India.  Pakistan is clearly developing a robust nuclear capability that can not only deter but fight a nuclear war. It is also dealing with internal security issues that could threaten the integrity of ...

- The National Interest - US

This is North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Strategy

Adam P. MacDonald Security, Asia There needs to be a coordinated effort to influence what type of nuclear power North Korea becomes. North Korea is well on its way to becoming a nuclear-armed state with the Kim Jong-un regime impervious to coercion, sanctions or incentives. Any attempt by the United States to conduct a ...

- The National Interest - US

Exposed: How North Korea Secretly Funds Its Nuclear Weapons

Zachary Keck Security, Asia The hermit kingdom has an economy the size of Laos. How can it build nukes? A new report details the extensive illicit overseas network North Korea maintains to fund its nuclear-weapons and missile programs. Despite being under some of the most draconian international sanctions to date, North ...

- The National Interest - US

Need for world free of nuclear weapons more urgent than ever, says UN disarmament chief

Negotiations on the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons resumed today in New York, with the United Nations disarmament chief expressing hope that the talks result in an effective instrument that “complements and strengthens” existing ones.

- UN Peace & Security - INT

UN treaty to ban nuclear weapons may be adopted soon

UNITED NATIONS " The president of the U.N. conference drafting what could be the first-ever treaty to ban nuclear weapons is expressing confidence that with "the necessary political will" more than 130 countries supporting the...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Forget North Korea: Why the World Should Fear Pakistan's Nukes

Kyle Mizokami Security, Asia Pakistan is clearly developing a robust nuclear capability that can not only deter but fight a nuclear war. It is also dealing with internal security issues that could threaten the integrity of its nuclear arsenal. Pakistan and India are clearly in the midst of a nuclear arms race that could, in ...

- The National Interest - US

This is North Korea's Nuclear Weapons Strategy

Adam P. MacDonald Security, Asia North Korea is well on its way to becoming a nuclear-armed state with the Kim Jong-un regime impervious to coercion, sanctions or incentives. Any attempt by the United States to conduct a disarming first strike against North Korea's nuclear arsenal and missile forces would be extremely ...

- The National Interest - US

APNewsBreak: Official says more Hanford nuke mishaps likely

RICHLAND, Wash. — Future accidental radiation releases at the largest U.S. site of waste from nuclear weapons production are likely following back-to-back emergency evacuations of workers in May and June because aging infrastructure is breaking down, the top Energy Department official at the site told The Associated ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Swedish experts believe Russia can use nuclear weapons in regional conflict

Russia can use nuclear weapons in the event of an armed conflict in Northern Europe, according to a report released by Swedish Defense Research Agency .

- UNIAN - UA

North Korea is 'most urgent and dangerous threat to peace', says Mattis

US secretary of defence Jim Mattis has referred to North Korea as "the most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security" amid growing tensions over the Northeast Asian country's development and testing of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. In a written statement to the US House

- Jane’s - US

Keine Atombombe, Bitte: Why Germany Should Not Go Nuclear

Nuclear weapons will not solve Europe's current security woes, but Washington should not dismiss German nuclear yearnings, as they reflect a growing sense of uncertainty in Berlin.

- Carnegie Endowment - US

Mattis: North Korea has ramped up missile, nuclear programs

June 13, 2017, 8:46 AM US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee Monday night that Pyongyang’s ‘continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them had increased in pace and scope” and “had not abated despite UN censure and sanctions.” In Tokyo, US ...

- DEBKAFile - IL

UN Security Council adds individuals and groups to DPR Korea sanctions list

Strongly condemning the nuclear weapons and ballistic missile development activities of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea , the United Nations Security Council today decided to apply existing sanctions to 14 individuals and four entities.

- UN Peace & Security - INT

Former North Korean Diplomat: For Pyongyang, Weapons Will Always Come First

Thae Yong-ho explains why the Kim regime is so intent on developing missiles and nuclear weapons.

- The Diplomat - US

Modelling the economic impacts of Korean unification

There is significant uncertainty and concern about the current situation and prospects in the Korean peninsula. Amid its economic hardship, North Korea launched its nuclear weapons programs and is highly unlikely to denuclearize, at least in the immediate future, despite harsh sanctions by the United States and the United ...

- Brookings - US

Danger zone: Why North Korea's latest missile test is more worrying than any to date

North Korea's May 14 test of a new two-stage mobile ballistic missile achieved and possibly surpassed Pyongyang's expectations. It also conveyed unambiguous signals of strategic intent. The test should disabuse all other powers of any lingering belief that Pyongyang is prepared to negotiate an end to its pursuit of nuclear ...

- Brookings - US

A Taboo Still Surrounds the Legacy of Nuclear Testing

17 May 2017It's time to start talking about the long-lasting effects of nuclear weapons tests. Dr Beyza Unal Twitter Research Fellow, Nuclear Weapons Policy, International Security Department Aboriginal elder Eileen Kampakuta Brown, joint winner of the 2003 Goldman Environmental Prize for her struggle to stop construction ...

- Chatham House - UK

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