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  1. Naval parade will see veil over nuclear submarine fleet lifted

    Posted Apr 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a surprise, and they can easily survive the initial nuclear strike and retaliate.' Nearly 30 nations will send representatives to the parade. Warships from 15 nations will also take part ... Stephen Chen The country's mysterious nuclear submarine fleet will be the centrepiece at an unprecedented naval parade in Qingdao on Thursday to celebrate the 60th anniversary ...

  2. N Korea condemned for nuclear tests

    Posted May 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the opposition Democratic Party of Japan. In the wake of North Korea's nuclear tests, the promise of a first-strike capability or even a nuclear deterrent could well have that effect. This would ... North Korea's nuclear test and firing of at least five short-range missiles were carried out in the name of self-defence. It is difficult to know if this is the true reason or whether ...

  3. Talent gives mainland nuclear sector its edge, executive says

    Posted Aug 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Staff Reporter A few years ago, the senior executive of a Western company travelled to the mainland to strike a deal for a batch of nuclear reactors. The executive spoke fluent Putonghua ... competition and institutional reforms have created a vibrant mainland nuclear sector. Construction of a mid-sized thermal nuclear power plant costs more than 50 billion yuan (HK$56.81 billion). Once ...

  4. Iran showdown just got a whole lot closer

    Posted Sep 29th 2009, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) admitting that the plant exists. Hiding things always causes suspicion. 'The revelation of this second nuclear enrichment site... proves beyond any doubt that [Iran] wants to equip itself with nuclear weapons,' said Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The Qom discovery also brought Russian President Dmitry Medvedev around to the view ...

  5. Don't repeat the folly of Iraq's war in Iran

    Posted Sep 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Western nations are increasing the heat on Iran over its nuclear programme. They are threatening tougher sanctions if it does not take up the offer of talks. American and Israeli officials have gone a step further, hinting that military strikes are not out of the question. Given the lesson of Iraq's alleged weapons of mass destruction, now is the time for caution, ...

  6. Edgy Pyongyang needs balanced response

    Posted May 28th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Korea's latest nuclear test on Monday, the military realities on the ground reveal just how important that search is. A military response, even a so-called surgical strike to take out suspected nuclear targets, is considered virtually unthinkable by veteran regional envoys and intelligence analysts. Israeli jet fighters bombed a suspected nuclear facility in Syria in September 2007 ...

  7. China's might, and the maybes

    Posted Sep 29th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ballistic missiles. Once, China's nuclear warheads were kept on missiles in underground silos- a psychological rather than practical second-strike deterrent. (Since its first successful ... assets- thousands of kilometres of fibre optic cable, submarines able to carry nuclear missiles deep into the western Pacific and Indian Oceans, research skills and facilities- that tax the minds ...

  8. Bus strike looms as sides dig in on pay

    Posted Aug 04th 2009, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam Union leaders hold little hope of heading off a strike by bus drivers and technicians at New World First Bus over their claim for a pay rise. Representatives of the New World ... Chai Wan and Wong Chuk Hang offices... the bigger offices, if we go on strike,' he said. But he added that the effect on public transport would be minimal. 'The company has a pool ...

  9. North Korea plays a tough hand

    Posted Jan 28th 2009, 12:00am by Michael Richardson

    ... then strike South Korea, Japan and US forces based in both countries. North Korea conducted an underground nuclear explosion in October 2006, although the test appeared to be only partially ... its 'status as a nuclear weapons state' and 'smash' South Korea's government in an 'all-out confrontation' for tying aid to disarmament. Of course, ...

  10. An odd plea from strange Mr Kim

    Posted Apr 11th 2009, 12:00am by Kevin Rafferty

    ... called for a debate about whether Japan should acquire nuclear weapons and the capacity to strike at 'enemy bases'. More than 78 per cent of Japanese want tougher measures against North ... the real problems of peace and war that confront the world. Ms Jiang added that the most pressing concern was to restart the stalled nuclear disarmament talks, a fairer point, if not that Pyongyang ...




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