North Korea isn’t a bona fide nuclear threat to its neighbours yet, but the hermit kingdom has taken some important steps forward in developing missile technology and more powerful bombs.
North Korea launched its first missile test of 2017, lobbing one about 500 kilometres into the Sea of Japan. The action occurred as U.S. President Donald Trump was hosting Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Mar-a-Largo, Trump’s winter retreat.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, keepers of the Doomsday Clock, moved the clock up to two minutes and 30 seconds before midnight to signify what they saw as downturns in global nuclear security.
The lede: “A fake news story touched off a tense Twitter confrontation between nuclear power Pakistan and Israel, widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal of its own, in an episode that underlines the potentially harmful impact of such stories on sensitive global affairs.”
Will this tweet from Donald Trump allow historians to trace just what kicked off the first nuclear arms race of the 21 century? The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 22, 2016
While it might not be a top-of-mind issue for most, nuclear weapons have not gone away, and we could be heading into a less stable period of modern world history. So where to book that hideaway in case the nukes start flying?
Dilip Hiro, writing first in TomDispatch, says the Kashmir region, a long-time area of dispute between Pakistan and India, remains very volatile. And given the nuclear military doctrines of the two sides, it remains the place where a conflict could quickly go nuclear and escalate to the point where life on earth could be threatened […]
From the Globe and Mail (“Iran nuclear deal aims to end decades of antagonism“): In a historic move that recasts the balance of power in the Middle East and may end Iran’s isolation as a pariah state, Tehran and key Western nations signed a pact Tuesday to curb the country’s nuclear program in exchange for […]
From the NYT via the Globe and Mail (“Comprehensive framework agreed to curb Iran’s nuclear program“): Iran and the world powers said here Thursday that they had reached a surprisingly specific and comprehensive general understanding about the next steps in limiting Tehran’s nuclear program, though Western officials said many details needed to be resolved before […]
With a 4.9-magnitude earthquake detected in North Korea close to the secretive country’s known nuclear test site, speculation is rife that the communist dictatorship has carried out its third nuclear weapons test.