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Tillerson says U.S. is open to talks with North Korea, without preconditions

“Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday appeared to soften the U.S. stance on talks with North Korea amid high tension over its nuclear and missile programs” writes Bob Fredericks for marketwatch.com. He called it “unrealistic” for the U.S . to demand that North Korea come to the negotiating table ready to give up its weapons of mass destruction program as they have “too much invested in it.” Tillerson added that President Trump “is very realistic about that as well.” The secretary of state’s remarks at the Atlantic Council think…

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EU’s Mogherini: Preserving nuclear deal is ‘an absolute must’

“Civil nuclear cooperation is also integral part of the deal – and let me stress here, as the debate refers to the Iran nuclear deal, I am focusing here on the implementation of the deal and all the nuclear related parts of it” reports tehrantimes.com. Since we reached the nuclear deal, our engagement with Iran has entered into a new phase.Preserving the deal is our shared security interest, and the best way for the United States to address their security concerns which are also ours, is in close cooperation with…

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MPs demand close cooperation with Euratom after Brexit

“Britain should retain as a close as possible a relationship with the European civil nuclear regulator after Brexit, a Commons committee has demanded ahead of a crucial vote on the issue” writes Ashley Cowburn for independent.co.uk. The MPs called for an extended transitional period for civil nuclear, or the continuation of Euratom support, to ensure standards are maintained and the risks to trade and transport of materials are reduced. Prospect is calling for calling guarantees on nuclear safety, research and collaboration and funding.”.  Source: independent.co.uk Share This:

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NKorea readying nuke test? Satellite images show hectic activity…

“Satellite images recently detected hectic activity at the North Korean nuclear test site, Punggye-ri” writes India Ashok for ibtimes.co.uk. Experts say that after North Korea’s last nuclear test, minor tremors were detected near Mt Mantap, located close to the nuclear site.”At the West Portal, there has been a consistently high level of activity since North Korea’s last nuclear test.Breanklau added that it might be a while before North Korea conducts its next nuclear test.The West Portal area will probably be where the next nuclear tests will be conducted if there…

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Robert Gates says a North Korean nuclear warhead will soon be an accepted reality

“North Korea’s ability to fire a nuclear warhead at the U.S. will soon become an accepted reality, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told CNBC on Tuesday” writes Hadley Gamble for cnbc.com. “I think that over the coming year, you’ll see North Korea become accepted as having the capability to launch an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead on it to the United States.Gates’ comments come amid high tensions between the U.S. and North Korea as the regime of Kim Jong Un continues missile launches and nuclear tests despite international…

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Aftershocks likely from September test detected from North Korea nuclear site: USGS

“More from Aol.com: North Korea crisis: China paper publishes nuclear attack advice Japan, US, South Korea to hold missile tracking drill amid North Korea crisis U.S. athletes may not attend Olympics as threat of nuclear war with North Korea rises, Haley warns” writes Aol Staff for aol.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two minor tremors were detected on Saturday from near North Korea’s nuclear test site and were probably aftershocks from the country’s massive nuclear test in early September, a U.S. Geological Survey official said.North Korea hinted its next nuclear test could…

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Nobel Peace Prize winners warn nuclear war ‘a tantrum away’…

“Will it be the end of nuclear weapons, or will it be the end of us?”” writes Ilgin Karlidag for yahoo.com. Although the number of nuclear weapons has dropped since the end of the Cold War, there are still around 15,000 atomic bombs on earth.ICAN head Beatrice Fihn said in a speech after receiving the peace prize on behalf of the anti-nuclear group.ICAN, a coalition of hundreds of NGOs around the world, has worked for a treaty banning nuclear weapons which was adopted in July by 122 countries.Supporters of nuclear…

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China looks to nuclear option to ease winter heating woes

“China is pumping billions of yuan into advanced nuclear technology that will not only boost domestic capacity but also strengthen its global presence” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. With its smog-prone north desperate to slash coal consumption, China is looking to deploy nuclear power to provide reliable winter heating, raising public safety concerns — though developers say the risks are minimal.The technology is ready, said Gu Shenjie, deputy chief engineer with the Shanghai Nuclear Engineering Research and Design Institute (SNERDI), part of the State Power Investment Corp (SPIC). Source: cnbc.com Share…

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Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Shows That We Can’t Count on the “Grown-ups in the Room”

“Two, that Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama all failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons” writes Dana Stevens for slate.com. But the Jerusalem decision suggests there are limits to how much the grown-ups can accomplish when Trump’s ego and political priorities get involved.A surprising upside to Trump relegating national security decisions to the generals is that these generals tend to have fairly conventional views. Source: slate.com Share This:

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Boris Johnson to travel to Iran in a bid to secure release of British mother held in jail

“The visit, Mr Johnson’s first to Tehran, follows a small thaw in relations after the Iranian nuclear deal saw sanctions lifted against Tehran last year” writes Nigel Farage for telegraph.co.uk.   He is expected to meet Mohammad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, for talks that will also cover bilateral relations, the wars in Yemen and Syria, and the future of Iranian nuclear deal. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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