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John Kerry Presses North Korea On Nuclear Disarmament, Insists China Committed To Ally’s Denuclearization

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stepped up pressure Monday on North Korea to give up its atomic weapons program, saying key regional powers, including North Korean ally China, are all “absolutely united” in demanding nuclear disarmament. Kerry made the comments on the eve of Asia’s largest annual security conference, the 27-country Association of Southeast Asian Nations Regional Forum, which ...

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SIPRI statement on President Obama’s speech in Berlin

In his speech in Berlin today the United States President, Barack Obama, made a commitment to move towards the reduction, and ultimate elimination, of nuclear weapons. The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) welcomes the President’s statement. However, this is not the first time the President has made such a commitment, and it remains to be seen how Russia’s support ...

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The Incredible Shrinking Arsenal | Foreign Policy

It’s not Obama who’s cutting nukes — it’s Congress.. President Obama’s appearance in Berlin on Wednesday marked roughly both the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous speech in which he declared Ich bin ein Berliner, as well as the fifth anniversary of then-candidate Obama’s first major foreign performance. The speech was not particularly remarkable, except that the president announced ...

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Iran has changed course. Now the US must do the same | Jonathan Steele, The Guardian

How Iran’s former nuclear negotiator Hassan Rouhani, who has been elected president of Iran will proceed once he takes office is not yet clear, but one of his former aides on the nuclear file, Hossein Mousavian, recently highlighted a proposal that Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s foreign minister, made last year. Salehi offered to turn Khamenei’s 2003 fatwa banning nuclear weapons ...

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UN Takes on Disarmament’s Next Frontier: Killer Robots | The Nation

Building on successful campaigns to ban land mines and control the sale of conventional weapons, representatives of antiwar movements and a host of other civil society organizations meeting at the United Nations on June 6 turned their attention to a new menace whose development they hope to forestall: killer robots. The briefing, sponsored by the Swiss government and the UN’s ...

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‘Those silly things are still there’: US nukes stored in Netherlands | RT News

Around 22 US nuclear weapons are still being stored in the Netherlands, former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers told Dutch TV. WikiLeaks had previously leaked information that US missiles were being kept there as late as 2009. Lubbers, who was President of the Netherlands from 1982 to 1994, said the nuclear weapons were kept underground in purpose-built strongrooms at the ...

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Arms Trade Treaty: Open For Business | UN Dispatch

The Arms Trade Treaty opened up for signatures yesterday and 63 countries have signed it in the first 24 hours. The treaty will officially enter into force when 50 countries ratify it. Signing a treaty and ratifying it are two different things. Governments sign the treaty to show its intent to ratify. The ratification process can take a while depending ...

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