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We need to preserve nuclear deal: UN 

“Based on the deal Iran put limits on its nuclear activities in exchange for termination of economic and financial sanctions” reports tehrantimes.com. Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for the UN secretary general, told reporters on Tuesday that it is necessary to preserve the Iran nuclear agreement, formally called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “We need to do whatever we can to preserve it,” Reuters quoted Dujarric as saying. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned on Tuesday that Iran will quit the nuclear agreement “in hours” and return to the previous…

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China urges U.S., North Korea to ‘hit the brakes’ on threats

“South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, a liberal who favors diplomacy, urged North Korea to stop provocations and to commit to talks over its nuclear weapons program” writes Christopher Bodeen for sun-sentinel.com. “A resolution of the North Korea nuclear issue by military force is completely unacceptable and the peninsula’s nuclear issue must be peacefully resolved by political and diplomatic methods,” Lavrov was quoted as saying. Source: sun-sentinel.com Share This:

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The trio that pulled U.S. back from the nuclear brink

“What concessions is the United States willing to make to induce North Korea to consider ending, or at least freezing, its nuclear program?” writes Doyle Mcmanus for latimes.com. And if Kim won’t give up his weapons, as experts anticipate, is the United States ready to adopt a policy of “containment,” hoping to deter a nuclear North Korea from ever using them?. Come back in four years, and I’ll bet that’s where we are.” Still, containment’s better than a “hot” war, especially a hot nuclear war. Source: latimes.com Share This:

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China and North Korea’s worst nightmare is coming true with US missile defenses in South Korea

“In light of surging tensions between North Korea, its neighbors, and the US, South Korea has decided to deploy more powerful US missile defense batteries” writes Alex Lockie for businessinsider.sg. South Korean President Moon Jae In, who had initially been resistant to increased US missile defense deployments, requested talks on improving his country’s defensive posture in light of recent threats from North Korea. “They’re moving forward,” Col. Source: businessinsider.sg Share This:

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Iran will go to pre-nuclear deal stage ‘in hours’ if sanctions return: Rouhani

“Last month, the two houses of the U.S. Congress ratified non-nuclear sanctions against Iran” reports tehrantimes.com. Iran, the European Union, Germany and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia – finalized the text of the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015.The deal went into effect on January 16, 2016. Source: tehrantimes.com Share This:

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The Supreme Art of War on the Korean Peninsula: Regime …

“A strategy of regime change by targeting the mind of Kim Jong Un is far less costly than any direct military option” writes Jeffrey Lewis for foreignpolicy.com. Moreover, a strategy of regime change by targeting Kim’s mind does not require Chinese and South Korean cooperation, although such cooperation would certainly be helpful.While the U.S. goal of a denuclearized Korean Peninsula is a valid strategic goal, nearly everything the U.S. does strengthens Kim’s strategy of regime preservation. Source: foreignpolicy.com Share This:

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May Quit Nuclear Deal in ‘Hours’ If New Sanctions Imposed…

“Trump said last week he did not believe that Iran was living up to the spirit of the nuclear deal” writes Min Read for reuters.com. DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.Iran denies its missile development breaches the resolution, saying its missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons.The United States imposed unilateral sanctions after saying Iran’s ballistic missile tests violated a U.N. resolution, which endorsed the…

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Korean leaders, US signal turn to diplomacy amid crisis

“The tentative interest in diplomacy follows unusually combative threats between President Donald Trump and North Korea amid worries that Pyongyang is nearing its long-sought goal of accurately being able to send a nuclear missile to the U.S. mainland” writes Foster Klug for thebostonchannel.com. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meanwhile, a liberal who favors engagement with the North, urged North Korea to stop provocations and to commit to talks over its nuclear weapons program. Source: thebostonchannel.com Share This:

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Rouhani warns Iran could abandon nuclear deal ‘in hours’ if US pushes sanctions

“Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers “within hours” if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday” writes Zareer Masani for telegraph.co.uk. Iran says new sanctions that the United States has imposed on it breach the agreement it reached in 2015 with the United States, Russia, China and three European powers in which it agreed to curb its nuclear work in return for the lifting of most sanctions. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Even A ‘Minor’ Nuclear War Would Be An Ecological Disaster Felt Throughout The World

“Supporters of the treaty argue that even a limited, regional nuclear war would produce a catastrophic and global humanitarian crisis” writes Follow The Conversation for huffingtonpost.co.uk. Nuclear war is also a war on the environment The greatest concern derives from relatively new research which has modelled the indirect effects of nuclear detonations on the environment and climate.This is why so many medical and public health organisations have been campaigning to make nuclear weapons illegal.A large-scale nuclear war between the US and Russia would be far worse.Continued adversarial rhetoric from both…

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