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  1. 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 ...

  2. Seoul sceptical of nuclear 'deal'

    Posted Mar 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Andrew Salmon in Seoul While the world hails an apparent breakthrough in talks- brokered between Washington and Pyongyang in Beijing- regarding North Korea's nuclear plans, experts ... that in return for 240,000 tonnes of American food aid, Pyongyang would suspend nuclear tests, long-range missile launches and enrichment of uranium, and would also allow back international nuclear ...

  3. Fearful Japanese may add nuclear arms in a decade

    Posted Jul 13th 2006, 12:00am by Julian Ryall

    ... thought of Japan's right to a first-strike capability and the nuclear option, government officials do not appear to be discussing it yet. 'Of course Japanese people feel less safe than ... Julian Ryall in Tokyo North Korean missile tests could provoke a policy change Mounting fury at North Korea's missile launches could see Tokyo turn its back on its non-nuclear ...

  4. G8 summit a chance for progress on nuclear threat

    Posted Jul 15th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons remains the cornerstone of efforts to make the world a safer place. This weekend's G8 summit of world leaders in St Petersburg is an opportunity to move closer to consensus on how to deal with Iran's nuclear ambitions and North Korea's provocative missile tests. The dangerous flare-up on Israel's border with Lebanon ...

  5. Nuclear reaction

    Posted Jul 18th 2007, 12:00am by Frank Ching

    ... including the dispatch of heavy fuel oil to the North by South Korea. At the weekend, North Korea declared that it had shut down the Yongbyon nuclear reactor and, on Monday, inspectors from ... into their next phase, which is likely to be more difficult. They will entail the disclosure by North Korea of all its nuclear weapons programmes and their abandonment. Just how difficult the next phase ...

  6. Tokyo 'pouring oil on fire'

    Posted Jul 14th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... China has joined criticism of Japan for raising the issue of a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, saying Tokyo was 'pouring oil on fire' and warning it could disrupt efforts ... Asia,' Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said. Last week's missile tests have rekindled debate in Japan over whether it should develop the capability for pre-emptive strikes and whether ...

  7. Words that must be followed by action

    Posted Sep 20th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Korea's breaking of past promises. In 1991, it signed a deal with the South to keep the Korean Peninsula nuclear-free and three years later, to end a strikingly similar standoff to the present one ... North Korea's agreement yesterday to stop making nuclear weapons and allow inspections has lifted a cloud of fear and insecurity over Northeast Asia. Where for almost three years ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. Modern economy distant goal for N Korea

    Posted Jun 28th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Greg Torode The US Treasury Department's squeeze last year on North Korea's ties to Macau brought many intriguing details to the surface- few more striking than the image of strongboxes full of cash and gold being regularly flown to the enclave in its role as a regional banker for Pyongyang's elite. The reason for the old-fashioned 'bag jobs' ...

  10. WikiLeaks reveals secret 'star wars' with US

    Posted Feb 05th 2011, 12:00am by Minnie Chan

    ... the US launched a test strike to destroy a malfunctioning American satellite. The Foreign Ministry in Beijing was alerted before the test, said another document. It said the US test was aimed ...




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