14 Mar 2019

Are the rules which have stopped nuclear war broken?

This week, the Carnegie International Nuclear Policy Conference took place in Washington DC. The general tone of the conference was depressing, with speakers indicating different ways in which the rules that stopped nuclear war in the past seem to be falling short. Close to the end of the Cold War,

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12 Mar 2019

U.S. says North Korea diplomacy ‘very much alive,’ but it’s watching rocket site

US special representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun on Monday stated that even though the recent summit failed, “diplomacy is still very much alive” between the Trump Administration and the North Korean regime. Recently, various organizations have warned of renewed activity at a North Korea rocket facility. Biegun said that

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06 Mar 2019

North Korea rebuilds part of missile site as Bolton warns of more sanctions

Even though North Korea last year promised to destroy the Sohae Satellite Launching Station, which is part of the country’s nuclear program, part of the rocket test site has recently been restored. The North Korean pledge was made during the first US-North Korea summit last year, but had already been

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28 Feb 2019

Trump-Kim summit breaks down after North Korea demands end to sanctions

The US-North Korea nuclear summit in Vietnam has come to a premature end. The North Korean delegation demanded that the US lift all sanctions on the regime, which the US government was not willing to do. US President Trump stated that while North Korean leader Kim Jong-un offered to dismantle

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26 Feb 2019

Here’s What We Know About North Korea’s Nuclear Program

After last year’s US-North Korea summit in Singapore, US President Trump claimed that the nuclear threat from North Korea had ceased to exist. The Trump administration has since then acknowledged that the nuclear threat from North Korea certainly has not gone away, although a recent statement by US Secretary of

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25 Feb 2019

Trump and Kim May Declare End of War at Summit, South Korea Says

According to a spokesman for South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in, “[t]he possibility is open” for an end-of-war declaration at the upcoming US-North Korea summit in Vietnam. “We still don’t know exactly what format the end-of-war declaration will take, but there is an ample possibility of North Korea and the United

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22 Feb 2019

North Korean Sanctions Will Not Be Lifted Until Nuclear Risks Are ‘Substantially Reduced,’ Pompeo Says

Recent statements by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seem to indicate that the Trump administration may be willing to lift sanctions on North Korea before the country has achieved full denuclearization. With the US-North Korea nuclear summit only days away, Pompeo said that the US government will ultimately want North Korea to

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20 Feb 2019

South Korea Proposes Joint Economic Projects to Prod North to Denuclearize

In a Tuesday phone call with US president Trump, South Korean president Moon Jae-in proposed that the two countries work together to offer North Korea an incentive for denuclearization in the form of cross-border economic projects in North and South Korea. After the call, Trump stated that he would “like to see ultimately denuclearization

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09 Oct 2018

Japan opposes withdrawal of U.S. troops from Korean Peninsula in potential denuclearization deal

If North Korea, South Korea, and the US were the only actors involved in the ongoing denuclearization negotiations on North Korea, the entire process would be significantly simpler. For better or for worse, however, Japan, China and many other countries are also involved and have their own national priorities and

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19 Sep 2018

North Korea agrees to shut down missile test sites as leaders hail ‘leap forward’

“North Korea will shut down key missile test facilities in the presence of ‘international experts’ and is willing to close its only known nuclear complex if the United States makes reciprocal measures, South Korean president Moon Jae-in has announced in a joint press conference with Kim Jong-un. The two leaders

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