The new diplomatic move comes amid Japan’s demands for exerting pressure on North Korea through sanctions to give up its nuclear weapons.
By roping India and Japan into its standoff with China, the US is raising the nuclear stakes in Asia – including, dangerously, between India and Pakistan.
Continuing to vest destructive power in the hands of one person and requiring launch decisions to be made without congressional authorisation is undemocratic and dangerous.
The stories of two physicists, and how they regarded the use of nuclear weapons to protect their loved ones, have something to offer our era of trigger-happy presidents and isolated dictators.
Nuclear weapons aren’t cheap. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the cost of maintaining just the existing US nuclear forces will be close to $800 billion.
Trump seeks to put pressure on Iran while keeping in place an agreement between Tehran and six world powers to curb its nuclear programme.
Washington has said it is ready to use force if need be to stop North Korea’s weapons programs but it prefers global diplomatic action to avert catastrophe.
The US, Britain France and others pledged commitment to a decades-old Non-Proliferation Treaty instead, boycotting the talks.
The UN – wittingly or unwittingly – has become a victim of a series of con games played by the nuclear weapon powers. On the face of it, the latest attempt of the UN to adopt a so-called Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons appears to be no different.
In an aggressive show of strength during its “Day of the Sun” celebration, North Korea presented a mock-up video of the country’s ballistic missiles destroying an American city.
Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says the US should resolve the North Korea nuclear crisis through negotiations and should reckon with the impact of its previous actions.
Tehran has kept up its part in the deal to rein in its nuclear programme but there are still concerns that it is sponsoring militant activity and terrorism.
While the Trump administration is considering economic and diplomatic measures against North Korea for now, military options are not off the table.
As things stand, the entire whole planet could be destroyed without so much as a vote by the US Congress.
India’s nuclear doctrine may appear to be undergoing a shift towards conducting a ‘counterforce strike’ against Pakistan, but some experts see this as “mind games” that could set off a worrying chain of events in the region.
The announcement came as North Korean state media said leader Kim Jong Un had personally supervised Monday’s missile launches by an army unit that is positioned to strike US bases in Japan.
The bulletin cited nuclear volatility, especially as the US and Russia seek to modernise their atomic arsenals and remain at odds in war-torn countries such as Syria and Ukraine.
Far from making America great again, Trump is more likely to make America grope again in the darkness of the post-nuclear age.
Trump’s brief tweet alarmed nonproliferation experts who said that a boost to the US arsenal could fuel global tensions.
In the first of a five part interview centred around his book, Choices: Inside the Making of India’s Foreign Policy, India’s former national security advisor Shivshankar Menon discusses India’s no-first-use policy regarding nuclear weapons.
India Undecided About Joining UN Conference on Nuclear Ban, Despite Abstaining From Vote on Setting It Up
India said it is not convinced the proposed conference in 2017 can address the global community’s expectation for a comprehensive instrument on disarmament.
Diplomacy suffers when senior ministers make cavalier statements that are capable of inciting more cries for war from already incensed populations.
Chinese embassy spokeswoman said China had a “clear and consistent” position of opposing North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons.
An abandoned spy mission from 50 years ago, complete with action, suspense, drama and lost plutonium
Islamabad will likely feel compelled to match New Delhi’s strategic modernisation, given that its pursuit of tactical nuclear weapons was provoked, in part, by Indian actions.
North Korea’s Atomic Energy Institute, which has jurisdiction over the country’s Yongbyon nuclear facilities, also told Kyodo it had been producing highly enriched uranium necessary for nuclear arms and power “as scheduled.”
While the US can’t go cold turkey, it can reduce nuclear force structure, stockpile size, and help wean allies from their dependence on the Bomb.
North Korea continues to ignore international condemnation for its nuclear programme, stating that its next nuclear test will depend on US behaviour.
By arming countries in China’s periphery, India could undermine the security system Beijing has so ruthlessly installed to further its goal of domination.
People in India and Pakistan get virtually no chance to learn about the Bomb in either the classroom or the media. And that doesn’t make for informed public opinion.
While the Obama administration opposes these bills, Republican lawmakers want to use these measures to warn Iran against violating international agreements
The CTBTO invited members from all echelons of global society – scholars, academia, youth, artists and the media – to restart discussions on the test-ban’s legal entry into force.
Like many love affairs, the one between China and Pakistan is made of unrealistic expectations – mostly among Pakistanis – and a hard-nosed pursuit of strategic goals and political and economic objective — mostly by the Chinese.
If deterrence fails and India must decide if to retaliate proportionally after a Pakistani nuclear first strike, how could Indian leaders be confident that there would not be further nuclear escalation?
The US president’s call in 2009 to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in the US and its allies’ security strategies, reiterated during his visit to Hiroshima, has not been matched by action.
Hundreds of foreign journalists were invited to Pyongyang, and with internet access slowly spreading inside the country, they were for once able to stream live video to international audiences.
North Korea has come under tightening international pressure over its nuclear weapons programme, including tougher UN sanctions adopted in March backed by China, following its most recent nuclear test in January.
The news of the purchase was slammed by Republican leader Paul Ryan.
UN member states are being urged to make use of the disarmament commission to engage in constructive dialogue geared towards realising a nuclear-weapon-free world.
Part of the scepticism directed at North Korea has to do with whether its scientists have mastered the complex energy transfer techniques necessary for a reliable fusion bomb.