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Nuclear Tests

For China, nuclear test is one provocation too many

A protester holding a sign poses for a photo outside the North Korea consulate in Shenyang. Photo: Reuters

For China, Pyongyang's action was shockingly flagrant. The underground explosion was conducted near the Chinese border, generating a 4.9-magnitude earthquake, which startled residents in neighbouring Jilin province.

Monday, 25 February, 2013, 7:30am

War of words grows between US and Beijing over North Korea nuclear test

North Korean soldiers ride an escalator past a model of their country's Unha Rocket as they enter an exhibition in Pyongyang. Photo: AP

Washington, rather than Beijing, should take greater responsibility for Pyongyang's third nuclear test last week, Xinhua said in a commentary attacking foreign media reports that China's North Korean policy had failed.

18 Feb 2013 - 5:29am

US warns N. Korea against further ‘provocative’ acts

South Korean peace activists denounce North Korea's nuclear tests in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea on Saturday. Photo: AP

The United States on Friday called on North Korea not to take any further provocative steps, as a US think tank said Pyongyang was preparing a launchpad that could pave the way to firing a long-range missile.

16 Feb 2013 - 5:03pm

On North Korea, persuasion must be the tactic of choice

North Korean workers celebrate North Korea's nuclear test. Photo: Reuters

North Korea, which carried out nuclear weapons tests in 2006 and 2009, pushed the 15-nation UN Security Council to convene an emergency meeting. With the possibility of "significant action" looming over the latest nuclear test, fundamental debates over whether North Korea is ripe for regime change have come to the fore again.

14 Feb 2013 - 1:29am

US diplomat Kurt Campbell warns North Korea on nuclear test

US Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell. Photo: Reuters

The top US diplomat for East Asian affairs warned North Korea yesterday against any "provocative" act, as concerns grow that Pyongyang might be preparing a nuclear test.

17 Jan 2013 - 5:11am

Running out of options for N Korea

US President Barack Obama has endured a tough week learning the limitations of being the most powerful person in the world.

27 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

N Korea condemned for nuclear tests

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 the nation's secretive leaders have an economic, political or strategic agenda.

29 May 2009 - 12:00am

bomb squad

1 Which hitherto peaceful tourist destination suffered a bomb attack last September?

2 Which Australian Rules football team is nicknamed the Bombers?

3 During the winter war of 1939 to 1940, the Finns derisively named a petrol bomb after the Soviet foreign minister. What did they call it?

24 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Weapons allegation no surprise to the neighbours

North Korea's reported admission it has nuclear weapons failed to shock South Korea and others in the region.It had long been suspected to possess some.

CIA and other intelligence sources have said for years that the Stalinist state has developed one or two crude nuclear weapons, although they have yet to be tested.

26 Apr 2003 - 12:00am

Nuclear query

Has anyone made a study of the possible link between earthquakes and nuclear testing?

India is just one of a number of countries in the past two decades where earthquakes have occurred in places where there have been recent nuclear explosions.


15 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Harmful behaviour

For more than 40 years, the United States has been at the forefront of international efforts to control the spread of nuclear weapons. From Pakistan to Pyongyang, it has played a crucial role in curbing their proliferation.

Now these decades of hard work have been undermined gravely by Republican senators intent on pursuing a narrow political agenda.

15 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Dangerous tit-for-tat

As if the world did not already have enough trouble spots to worry about, the dangerous game of missile one-upmanship taking place on the Indian sub-continent raises fears that this may be about to become another flashpoint.

17 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Politics and peace

The threat of a dangerous nuclear arms race in Asia is starting to recede with India and Pakistan's announcements that they want to sign the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty within the next 12 months.

26 Sep 1998 - 12:00am

Raising the stakes

Now that Pakistan has carried out nuclear tests, and with India's own economy facing decline because of international sanctions, the national euphoria which greeted India's series of bomb tests two weeks ago must be evaporating.

29 May 1998 - 12:00am

Irresponsible India

Mahatma Gandhi's spirit must be watching in dismay. Having vowed to make outlawing the atomic bomb one of his missions in life, Gandhi would have been as appalled as the rest of the world at the recklessness of the Hindu nationalist extremists who hold power in New Delhi.

13 May 1998 - 12:00am