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Nuclear Disarmament

How they see it

Seoul's message is clear: the North should first demonstrate its commitment to denuclearisation through deeds, not words. Following the North Korean envoy's visit to China, expectations began to rise that the six-party talks (involving the two Koreas, China, the United States, Japan and Russia and aimed at ending the North's nuclear weapons programme) might restart.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am

South Korea dismisses North's 'offer' to resume nuclear talks

“Actions are more important than words,” Unification Ministry spokesman Kim Hyung-seok said of the offer contained in a letter delivered on Friday by an envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Beijing urged to take lead in managing six-party nuclear talks with North Korea

China should play an active role in managing the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear programme, which could resume after Pyongyang sent a special envoy to Beijing, analysts say.

26 May 2013 - 6:50am 1 comment

North Korea's nuclear test gives Beijing a reason to confront Kim

Kim Jong-un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, demands your attention. He just set off a nuclear bomb in order to get it. It would be easy to dismiss Kim as Asia's resident megalomaniac - to mock him as a totalitarian goofball who doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. He certainly doesn't look intimidating, chubby and callow as he is, seemingly more into mushrooms than mushroom clouds.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:46am 2 comments

Beijing needs to persuade North Korea to get back to nuclear talks

North Korea now has not only a crude nuclear weapon but technology that could be developed into a delivery system for a nuclear warhead. That is far from posing an imminent threat.

14 Dec 2012 - 2:38am

N Korea ready to conduct nuclear, missile tests

South Korea’s defence minister said on Thursday that North Korea has completed preparations for another nuclear test, and would also test-launch long-range missiles sometime in the future.

“Many preparations have been made for a third nuclear test,” Kim Kwan-jin told reporters, adding the timing would depend on “a political decision”.

8 Nov 2012 - 6:44pm

North Korea is preparing for third nuclear test

North Korea has kept up preparations for a new nuclear test after having carried out previous detonations in 2006 and 2009, South Korea's Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin told a news conference.

26 Oct 2012 - 3:02am

Russia to end cold war disarmament programme with the US

The Russian government said it would not renew a hugely successful 20-year partnership with the United States to safeguard and dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons in the former Soviet Union when the programme expires next spring, a potentially grave setback in the fraying relationship between the former cold war enemies.

12 Oct 2012 - 4:03am

UN turns up pressure on Iran’s nuclear activities

Iran was under diplomatic pressure on Friday after a UN watchdog report said it had expanded its nuclear programme and was hampering inspections, and UN chief Ban Ki-moon in Tehran called on it to release political prisoners.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Nuclear disarmament can't escape realpolitik

We have just had the second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul. It got surprisingly little attention from the international media although over 50 countries attended. Nobody expects a nuclear war, but a nuclear weapon in terrorist hands is the defining nightmare of the post-9/11 decade.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am