Nuclear Disarmament

How they see it

North Korean envoy Choe Ryong Hae (left) meets with the Communist Party of China Standing Committee member Liu Yunshan. Photo: AP

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

South Korean President Park Geun-hye visits the army in Nonsan last week. Photo: Reuters

“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

Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) meets with Choe Ryong-hae, the special envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Photo: Xinhua

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

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

US special envoy Glyn Davies (left) speaks to the media during bilateral talks with North Korea earlier this year. Photo: AFP

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

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama. Photo: Reuters

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's envoy to the IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh (left) with Iran's police chief Esmail Ahmadi Moghaddam at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran. Photo: AP

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

US 'must bear blame for contributing to instability'

United States self-interest has contributed to the worst global instability since the Cold War and is even fuelling an Asian nuclear arms race, a global security expert has warned.

US President George W. Bush's administration has also come under fire for its undiplomatic way of resolving problems - using threats and military action instead of dialogue to resolve conflicts.

27 May 2002 - 12:00am

Questions remain despite statement

The United Front Government's nebulous declarations on security and foreign policy issues produce more questions than answers.

6 Jun 1996 - 12:00am

Testing - act of aggression

I THINK Ms Alpha Lau has missed the point entirely, (letter headlined, 'Selfish US', South China Morning Post, August 28).

All the commotion about China's recent nuclear testing is more pointed at environmental issues and safety rather than who has the strongest nuclear arsenal and power advantage.

2 Sep 1995 - 12:00am