15 Mar 2019

North Korea may break off US talks and resume missile tests, official says

North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Sun-hui said this week that the US “has thrown away a golden opportunity” by walking away from last month’s US-North Korea summit in Hanoi. At the time, US President Trump explained that the North Korean delegation demanded that the US lift all sanctions on

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15 Mar 2019

U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty With Russia

Earlier this week, US Department of Defense (DoD) officials announced that the department will start building and testing two new types of missiles that used to be banned under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, which collapsed last month when the US government announced that it will pull out of

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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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13 Mar 2019

Iran threatens defense overhaul to counter “suspicious nuclear projects”

Iran is considering to revise its defense strategy in the face of perceived new regional threats, a leading security official said on Wednesday. According to the official, the threats are coming from “some countries in the region [that] are spending their petro-dollars on suspicious nuclear projects that can endanger the

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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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12 Mar 2019

The U.N. Is Investigating Possible North Korea Sanctions Violations in 20 Countries

A new report by a United Nations (UN) expert panel lists various possible violations of UN sanctions on North Korea that are being investigated. A total of 20 countries may have violated the sanctions, including China, Syria, Iran, Libya and Sudan. The report also mentions that North Korea is increasingly

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08 Mar 2019

U.S. urges U.N. to restore tough missile restrictions on Iran after tests

The United States on Thursday said that Iran has violated a 2015 United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution by attempting to launch two satellites and carrying out a ballistic missile test since December of last year. The US government called on the UNSC to “bring back tougher international restrictions” on

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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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05 Mar 2019

Russia Follows U.S. Out of Landmark Nuclear Weapons Treaty

About a month after the US government withdrew from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty that banned land-based missiles with ranges of 300 to 3,400 miles, Russia has also officially abandoned the agreement. Russian President Vladimir Putin had already announced that his country was going to copy the American move.

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04 Mar 2019

Crisis may be easing, but nuclear threat still hangs over India and Pakistan

While tensions between Indian and Pakistan have somewhat decreased since last week, this does not mean the Kashmir crisis is over. In fact, the threat of war between the two nuclear powers remains very real. On Friday, Pakistan released an Indian pilot it captured earlier last week, after the pilot

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