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Obama's nuclear summit meets in shadow of Ukraine crisis

US President Barack Obama gathers world leaders in The Hague on Monday to seek ways of preventing a terrorist nuclear attack, at a key summit that risks being overshadowed by the explosive Ukraine crisis. Over 50 leaders are to attend the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) at the behest of Obama, who has called a simultaneous meeting of the Group of Seven top economies to discuss further sanctions against Russia.

Park expresses regret over delay in passage of anti-nuclear terrorism bill

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye expressed regret Tuesday that a bill on preventing nuclear terrorism still remains stuck in parliament just one week before she attends a summit of global leaders aimed at making the world safer and free of nuclear weapons. The revision to the act on protecting nuclear facilities and preventing nuclear accidents has emerged as a hot political issue because its passage is required for South Korea to complete the ratification of two international treaties on preventing nuclear terrorism.

Park expresses regret over delay in passage of anti-nuclear terrorism bill

SEOUL, March 18 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye expressed regret Tuesday that a bill on preventing nuclear terrorism still remains stuck in parliament just one week before she attends a summit of global leaders aimed at making the world safer without nuclear weapons. The revision to the act on protecting nuclear facilities and preventing nuclear accidents has emerged as a hot political issue because its passage is required for South Korea to complete the ratification of two international treaties on preventing nuclear terrorism.

Non-nuclear states to call for China to join U.S.-Russia arms talks

A draft joint statement for a foreign ministerial meeting in Hiroshima next month involving Japan and other non-nuclear weapons states will call for countries such as China to participate in the nuclear arms reduction talks between the United States and Russia, a Japanese government source said Sunday. The move is essentially aimed at China as the country is believed to be the only one of the five recognized nuclear weapons states under the global nonproliferation regime to be building up its nuclear warfare capabilities.

Japan eyes confab with U.S., China, S. Korea to curb nuclear terrorism

Japan is making arrangements to hold its first working-level talks with the United States, China and South Korea in July to curb nuclear terrorism, a growing major threat to global security, a Japanese government source said Saturday. Cooperation among the four nations is aimed at countering North Korea's nuclear ambitions and missile weapons development, the source said.

Japan to host nuclear disarmament meeting in Hiroshima in April

Japan will host a foreign ministerial meeting on April 11-12 in Hiroshima to promote nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said Friday. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Rose Gottemoeller, U.S. undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, are among participants in the meeting of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative.

Nuclear non-proliferation at risk: Ukraine PM

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the UN Security Council on Thursday that nuclear non-proliferation was at risk unless his country and Russia could resolve their crisis. Yatsenyuk said that, unless Russia agrees to a real dialogue, the crisis could undermine global security and nuclear non-proliferation. "As after these actions it would be very difficult to convince anyone in the globe not to have nuclear weapons," he said. jm/dc

US official : arms control work with Russia to continue

The White House's top arms control official on Wednesday said US cooperation with Russia on agreements limiting nuclear arsenals would survive the worst East-West tensions in years sparked by Ukraine. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall said that US and Russian officials were even now working "effectively" together to prepare for a nuclear security summit in The Hague later this month which President Barack Obama will attend.

Pentagon official cites risk Japan could go nuclear

A U.S. Defense Department official said Monday there is a hypothetical risk that Japan could go nuclear if the U.S. military were to be seen as withdrawing from East Asia due to budgetary constraints. Christine Wormuth, deputy undersecretary of defense, talked about the risk of nuclear proliferation when she called for keeping defense budgets at levels required to sustain U.S. deterrence during an event in Washington.

U.S. knows risks of Japan's plutonium stockpile: Pentagon official

By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, March 10 (Yonhap) -- The Obama administration took into account, at least indirectly, the growing risks of Japan's advanced nuclear technology in crafting a new mid-term defense strategy, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday. Christine Wormuth, who serves as deputy under secretary of defense for strategy, was responding to renewed worries over Japan's handling of its huge plutonium stockpile for energy and research purposes.
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