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North Korea making ‘rapid’ upgrades to nuclear reactor despite summit pledges

Monitoring group says work shows why a denuclearisation deal rather than a statement of lofty goals is needed North Korea has continued to upgrade its only known nuclear reactor used to fuel its weapons program, satellite imagery has shown, despite ongoing negotiations with the US and a pledge to denuclearise. Play Video 4:03 according to an analysis by monitoring group 38 North of commercial satellite images taken on 21 June. The cooling system for the plutonium production reactor has been modified and at least two new non-industrial buildings have been…

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North and South Korean leaders promise ‘lasting peace’ for peninsula

Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in pledge denuclearisation and end to decades of hostility after summit The leaders of North and South Korea have promised after a landmark summit to bring lasting peace to the peninsula with a commitment to denuclearisation and to ending decades of hostilities. Speaking at the end of an extraordinary day that summit between Kim and Donald Trump. The US president, in his April 27, 2018 Speaking at the White House, Trump warned that the US was not going to be played by North Korea, later the…

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North Korea Signals Olympics Truce, Seeks Talks With Seoul

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for urgent talks with South Korea to make the Winter Olympics next month a success even while repeating claims that he could strike the U.S. with a nuclear bomb if necessary. In an annual New Year’s day speech, Kim said that “we sincerely hope the games will be successful.” He said that both Koreas should seek to resolve problems among themselves rather than seek help from outside of the region. “It’s about time that the North and the South sit down and seriously…

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North Korea Warns That Nuclear War Could Break Out Any Moment

North Korea warned that a nuclear war “may break out any moment” as the U.S. and South Korea began one of the largest joint naval drills off both the east and west coasts of the peninsula. Kim In Ryong, North Korea’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, said on Monday that his nation had become a “full-fledged nuclear power which possesses the delivery means of various ranges” and warned that “the entire U.S. mainland is within our firing range.” He also called North Korea “a responsible nuclear state.” “As long…

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Tillerson Says U.S. Talking With North Korea on Nuke Program

The U.S. is communicating with North Korea about its nuclear program and testing Pyongyang’s appetite for negotiations, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in the first public acknowledgment by a senior administration official of direct contact on the matter. A State Department spokeswoman later tamped down prospects for a breakthrough in the tense relations between Washington and Pyongyang. Tillerson, speaking to reporters on Saturday after meeting Chinese officials in Beijing, insisted that the U.S. would never accept a nuclear-armed North Korea. His remarks offered the clearest glimpse so far into U.S.…

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US airbase in Guam threatened by North Korea as Trump promises ‘fire and fury’

Pyongyang claims missile strike could hit US Pacific territory, warning any American military action would provoke all-out war North Korea has said it is considering a missile strike on the US Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after Donald Trump warned the regime that any threat to the United States Show Hide In response to comments by US president Donald Trump that North Korea would face “fire and the fury like the world has never seen” if it continued nuclear threats, Pyongyang said it was carefully examining a plan for…

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Bunkering down: sales of nuclear shelters climb in Japan wary of North Korea tests

Fears of devastating earthquakes and tsunamis are giving way to concerns over atomic attack following multiple missile tests conducted by Pyongyang A brief research trip to Japans north-east coast to witness the aftermath of the VX and sarin. But today, it is the potential for a manmade disaster, not a natural calamity, that has convinced the retired teacher that he was right to part with almost 8m yen to build the tiny shelter. Multiple missile tests conducted by North Korea this year, culminating in the Japan, and ushered in a…

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North Korea missile test a ‘new threat to world’, says US amid show of military force

Kim Jong-un calls test a 4 July gift to American bastards as US secretary of state urges action against North Koreans and regime The United States has ramped up pressure on North Korea after Tuesdays successful intercontinental ballistic missile test, making a show of force off the Korean peninsula with a precision firing exercise and warning that any country harbouring North Korean workers was abetting Kim Jong-uns regime. The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, confirmed North Korea had conducted its first test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and…

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North Korea launches missile salvo at area where US aircraft carrier fleet had sailed

Missiles land in part of Sea of Japan where USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan had been conducting manoeuvres this week the North fired a short-range scud missile that landed in Japans maritime economic zone, drawing strong protests from Tokyo. The regime claimed that the rocket was equipped with a precision control guidance system and had landed within seven metres of its target. In mid-May, Moon Jae-in, a left-leaning liberal who supports US would not rule out military action to prevent the regime from developing a nuclear-armed missile capable…

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UN panel releases draft treaty banning possession and use of nuclear weapons

States would have to destroy any nuclear weapons they have and would be forbidden from transferring them A draft treaty banning the possession and use of all nuclear weapons. The draft treaty is the culmination of a sustained campaign, supported by more than 130 non-nuclear states frustrated with the sclerotic pace of disarmament, to prohibit nuclear weapons and persuade nuclear-armed states to disarm. Nine countries are known or believed to possess nuclear weapons: the US, UK, Russia, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea and Israel. None has supported the draft…

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Jeremy Corbyn’s leaked draft manifesto: what Labour would do

Labour would keep Trident, nationalise the railways and phase out tuition fees, among other policies Details of a draft version of Labours pitch to the country have leaked, with Jeremy Corbyns party hoping to make manifesto commitments to part-nationalise some public utilities and to make funds available for social care. Below is a summary of what the party leadership would like to do in government. Respect the Brexit referendum result and give a meaningful vote on any deal to parliament. EU citizens living in the UK would have their rights…

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Donald Trump warns of ‘major, major conflict’ with North Korea

US president says he wants to seek a diplomatic solution to Korean crisis and reveals China is helping to pressure Kim Jong-un Donald Trump has said that a major conflict was possible with North Korea though he would prefer to solve the standoff over the countrys nuclear and missile programme through diplomacy. Trumps warning on Thursday came towards the end of a week where the administration has made a concerted effort to restrain Pyongyang from carrying out major new weapons tests. At the same time, US officials sought to clarify…

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Fear, anxiety and sleepless nights. The cold war terrors have returned | Van Badham

Perestroika and detente were supposed to remove the shadow of nuclear war from generation X. Now its back with a vengeance The new nightly ritual is this: weve made a pact not to check social media in bed. I get my dollops of US news on the couch beforehand, shared from American friends on Facebook and usually captioned in tones of worldly disgust, tired sadness or sickened shock at how the US president is wielding his weapons of war. Political commentators on Twitter are at least maintaining a thunderousness to…

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Iran nuclear deal: Rex Tillerson accuses Tehran of ‘alarming provocations’

Secretary of state talks tough to launch a review of the 2015 agreement that Trump called the worst ever The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, has accused Iran of alarming ongoing provocations to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran. Tillerson said the nuclear agreement, negotiated during Barack Obamas presidency, placed limitations on Irans nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions against Iran. Tillersons notice to Congress was part of a 90-day process in which the president…

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