Nuclear Weapons

US says 'bar higher' for dialogue with N. Korea

Glyn Davies is the US point man on North Korea. Photo: AFP

The United States says North Korea's recent actions have risen the bar for a resumption of dialogue, and it called on Pyongyang to address concerns on weapons but also human rights.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 8:12am

Britain pushes India's nuclear ambitions

An Agni-IV missile is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. London, Washington, Paris and others argue nuclear-armed India should join the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). Photo: AFP

Britain has stepped up efforts to let India join an influential global body controlling nuclear exports, a move that would boost New Delhi's standing as an atomic power but which has faced resistance from China and other countries.

16 Jun 2013 - 8:12am

Understanding the origins of war can pave a path to peace for North Korea

North Korean (centre) and South Korean soldiers at the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas, in Paju. Photo: Reuters

As North Korea maintains its belligerence, the world is caught in a dilemma. Ignoring it as just another round of empty threats would run the risk of North Korea test-firing missiles with longer range and greater precision. It would also strengthen the regime's rhetoric for testing more deadly nuclear devices. Having another round of six-party talks without a game-changing solution is unlikely to end this farcical merry-go-round.

6 May 2013 - 2:55am

Negotiations with North Korea may restart, but to what end?

US Secretary of State John Kerry. Photo: AFP

North Korea has stepped gingerly to the brink of a dreaded second Korean war. Now the question is whether there's a face-saving way to bring about dialogue so the North can, in effect, declare a rhetorical victory and go into negotiations.

17 Apr 2013 - 3:25am

Legislator calls for South Korea's own nuclear defence

Chung Mong-joon, member of ruling conservative New Frontier Party. Photo: Reuters

A prominent South Korean legislator says his country should consider developing its own nuclear weapons or hosting a US arsenal as a way to pressure North Korea and its ally China.

11 Apr 2013 - 2:30am

US 'uncertain' over North Korea's nuclear threat

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea would probably use nuclear weapons only if it perceived a threat to its survival, but the US remains uncertain how Pyongyang would define such a threat, the US intelligence chief said yesterday.

13 Mar 2013 - 2:38am

Seoul and Tokyo look to balance the nuclear arms game with Pyongyang

Illustration: Bryan Wang

In Beijing, some officials and scholars refer to it as the "n-word" - the threat of Japan and South Korea pursuing their own nuclear weapons programme to counter North Korea's intensifying atomic bad behaviour.

10 Mar 2013 - 5:52am

Park calls for North Korea and Tokyo to amend their ways

South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Photo: AFP

Her national speech on Friday came four days after her inauguration as the country’s first female president. She already faces unusually low popularity ratings. Parliament is gridlocked over objections to her Cabinet nominations and her government restructuring plans.

2 Mar 2013 - 4:22am

A new nuclear order is upon us

Pakistan has doubled the size of its nuclear arsenal in the past five years. Photo: Xinhua

North Korea's launch of a long-range missile last month was followed by a flurry of global condemnation that was almost comical in its predictability and impotence. But the launch underscored a larger reality that cannot be ignored: the world has entered a second nuclear age. This larger pattern needs to be understood if it is to be managed.

14 Jan 2013 - 3:31am

Iran nuclear deal depends on what's feasible

Iran's newly disclosed nuclear fuel facility near Qom, Iran. Photo: Reuters

There has never been a full-scale war between two nuclear-armed states. If Iran does cross the nuclear threshold, the same deterrence will apply. No rational person would want to provoke their own incineration.

2 Jan 2013 - 2:52am

How they see it, December 16, 2012

North Korea's Unha-3 rocket lifts off from the Sohae launch pad in Tongchang-ri, North Korea. The satellite that North Korea launched on board the long-range rocket is orbiting normally. Photo: AP

1. Global Times

16 Dec 2012 - 3:35am

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

China's submarines will soon carry nukes, draft US report says

A Chinese Navy submarine attends an international fleet review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy. Photo: AFP

China appears to be within two years of deploying submarine-launched nuclear weapons, adding a new leg to its nuclear arsenal that should lead to arms-reduction talks, a draft report by a congressionally mandated US commission says.

8 Nov 2012 - 6:34pm

US says willing to meet with Iran on nukes but denies talks report

Tehran's nuclear research reactor in 2003, part of a programme Iran maintains is for peaceful purposes. Photo: AP

The New York Times reported on Saturday that the United States and Iran have agreed in principle to hold one-on-one negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programme but the White House quickly denied that any talks had been set.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

A military befitting South Korea's economic might

South Korea lacks a corresponding military that befits its status as a fully fledged Asian power. Photo: AFP

The US has agreed to remove restrictions on South Korea's missile capability to allow it to build and deploy longer-range weapons. This would enable it to hit all militarily important targets in North Korea should the need arise.

16 Oct 2012 - 4:02am