Nuclear warfare http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/27360/all en North Korea threatens nuclear escalation after UN sanctions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130122/blank-headline-received-12 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SEOUL, Jan 23 (Reuters) - North Korea threatened to step up its military push including its nuclear weapons programme after the United Nations Security Council, including its ally China, condemned its December rocket launch.</p> <p>"We will take measures to boost and strengthen our defensive military power including nuclear deterrence," its Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency KCNA.</p> <p>(Reporting by Jumin Park; Editing by David Chance)</p> International relations Nuclear warfare Political geography South Korea Thomson Reuters Tue, 22 Jan 2013 22:45:39 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738054 at http://www.globalpost.com N.Korea says to exercise right to preemptive nuclear attack against U.S.-KCNA http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/blank-headline-received-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>SEOUL, March 7 (Reuters) - North Korea threatened on Thursday to exercise its right to stage preemptive nuclear attack against anyone who attacks as Pyongyang ratcheted up its rhetoric against "hostile" countries as the United Nations readied new sanctions against it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130307/blank-headline-received-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> North Korea Nuclear warfare Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:15:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5775860 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ N. Korea threatens 'pre-emptive' nuclear strike http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130307/urgent-n-korea-threatens-pre-emptive-nuclear-strike <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>North Korea threatened to carry out a "pre-emptive" nuclear strike Thursday as the UN Security Council prepared to vote on new sanctions against the isolated state.</p> <p>"As long as the US seeks to ignite a nuclear war, our revolutionary armed forces will exercise the right to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike," a foreign ministry spokesman said in a dispatch carried by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).</p> <p>lim/gh/ao</p> Nuclear warfare AFP Thu, 07 Mar 2013 09:46:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5775897 at http://www.globalpost.com US tells N. Korea to drop threats after nuclear warning http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/us-tells-n-korea-drop-threats-after-nuclear-warning-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The White House on Wednesday told North Korea to stop making threats after the isolated state dramatically upped its warlike rhetoric and said it had approved nuclear strikes on the United States.</p> <p>"We've seen today's statement by North Korea, again making unhelpful and unconstructive threats," said National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden.</p> <p>"It is yet another offering in a long line of provocative statements that only serve to further isolate North Korea from the rest of the international community and undermine its goal of economic development.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130403/us-tells-n-korea-drop-threats-after-nuclear-warning-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Environment Health Military of North Korea Nuclear program of North Korea Nuclear warfare Politics Technology AFP Wed, 03 Apr 2013 23:00:12 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5801220 at http://www.globalpost.com S. Korea-US military meet delayed on N. Korea threats http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130407/s-korea-us-military-meet-delayed-n-korea-threats <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>South Korea and the US postponed a major military meeting due to take place in Washington, an official said Sunday as Seoul was on high alert for potential attacks from North Korea.</p> <p>General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Seoul counterpart General Jung Seung-Jo were to coordinate policy on the North and other issues during the annual Military Committee Meeting on April 16.</p> <p>But the meeting between the two allies had been delayed at Seoul's request, a spokesman for Seoul's Joint Chiefs of Staff told AFP.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130407/s-korea-us-military-meet-delayed-n-korea-threats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear warfare Republics South Korea AFP Sun, 07 Apr 2013 05:45:03 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5804731 at http://www.globalpost.com Santiago warns: ‘Severe damage’ to PH if Korean row worsens http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/santiago-warns-severe-damage-ph-if-korean-row-worsens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago on Tuesday warned of “severe damage” that the Philippines could suffer from nuclear warfare should the situation in the Korean peninsula escalate.</p><P>As a non-nuclear-weapon state, Santiago said the Philippines would still suffer severe damage from nuclear warfare either directly by the blast effects or indirectly by local or “long-distance fallout.”</p><P>“Because nuclear weapons produce blast effect and release a fireball of extremely high temperature, the Philippine environment could be degraded for generations,” she said in a statement.</p><P>“In ou</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130409/santiago-warns-severe-damage-ph-if-korean-row-worsens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Environment Miriam Defensor-Santiago Nuclear warfare Nuclear weapons War Asianet Tue, 09 Apr 2013 18:01:08 +0000 Asianet 5807981 at http://www.globalpost.com N.Korea likely capable of firing nuclear-armed missiles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/nkorea-likely-capable-firing-nuclear-armed-missiles <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The US military's spy agency believes North Korea likely has the ability to place a nuclear warhead on a ballistic missile but the weapon may not be reliable, a US lawmaker said Thursday, quoting from the intelligence assessment. </p> <p>Foreign spy services and arms experts have struggled to track North Korea's progress in its bid to miniaturize a nuclear device that could be fixed on a ballistic missile. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130411/nkorea-likely-capable-firing-nuclear-armed-missiles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Defense Intelligence Agency Missile defense Nuclear warfare War AFP Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:16:17 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5812508 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan vows response to 'any scenario' after nuclear threat http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130412/japan-vows-response-any-scenario-after-nuclear-threat-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Japan on Friday vowed it would respond to "any scenario" after a threat by North Korea that Tokyo would be "consumed in nuclear flames".</p> <p>"We are aware of the remarks made by North Korea, through the media and other channels. We cannot comment on our reaction to the remarks for operational reasons," a defence ministry official told AFP. </p> <p>"All we can say is we will take every possible measure to respond to any scenario."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130412/japan-vows-response-any-scenario-after-nuclear-threat-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear program of North Korea Nuclear warfare Nuclear weapons AFP Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:01:47 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5812929 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian nuclear scientist says North Korea’s nuclear threat is exaggerated http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/russian-nuclear-scientist-says-north-korea-s-nuclear-threat-exaggerated <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Asianet </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p></p><P> The scale of North Korea’s nuclear threat seems to be exaggerated, according to Russian nuclear scientist Borsi Goshchitsky. It might be a “mere bluff,” he said in an interview with Itar-Tass on Thursday.</p><P>“It is beyond my comprehension - how come that North Korea has so many nuclear warheads to be able to threaten the world,” Goshchitsky, a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the chairman of the Academy’s academic council on solid body radiation physics, said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/asianet/130412/russian-nuclear-scientist-says-north-korea-s-nuclear-threat-exaggerated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear warfare Nuclear weapons Technology Asianet Fri, 12 Apr 2013 16:06:52 +0000 Asianet 5813567 at http://www.globalpost.com Obama doubts N. Korea nuclear missile capability http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/obama-doubts-n-korea-nuclear-missile-capability <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>US President Barack Obama said in an interview aired Tuesday that he did not believe North Korea could yet arm a missile with a nuclear warhead, but predicted new provocations from Pyongyang.</p> <p>Obama also said he hoped that the isolated state, which has rattled Asia with a string of provocative actions and bellicose rhetoric, would eventually stand down and use diplomacy to address its perceived grievances.</p> <p>The president was asked in the interview with NBC's Today Show whether Pyongyang currently had the capability to arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear bomb.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130416/obama-doubts-n-korea-nuclear-missile-capability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Barack Obama Business Environment Health Missile defense Nuclear warfare Politics Space technology AFP Tue, 16 Apr 2013 14:31:00 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5817400 at http://www.globalpost.com Japan refrains from backing joint statement against nuclear weapon use http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130430/japan-refrains-backing-joint-statement-against-nuclear <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Japan did not join a group of countries endorsing a statement against the use of nuclear weapons announced Wednesday by South Africa at a preparatory committee for the next Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review meeting.</p> <p> The statement on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons urges that nuclear weapons never be used under any circumstances. According to South African delegation officials, Japan sought to eliminate the wording of "under any circumstances."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130430/japan-refrains-backing-joint-statement-against-nuclear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Nuclear proliferation Nuclear warfare Nuclear weapons Politics War Kyodo News International Tue, 30 Apr 2013 19:47:38 +0000 Kyodo News International 5828796 at http://www.globalpost.com Nagasaki to slam gov't for not backing statement against nuke weapon use http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130608/nagasaki-slam-govt-not-backing-statement-against-nuke- <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Kyodo News International </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The Nagasaki city government will condemn the central government in its annual ceremony in August for not joining a group of countries endorsing a statement against the use of nuclear weapons, its draft message said Saturday.</p> <p> In the message to be read Aug. 9 for the 68th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing of the city, Mayor Tomihisa Taue will say Tokyo's stance "even looked as if it was justifying the use of nuclear weapons," according to the draft.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130608/nagasaki-slam-govt-not-backing-statement-against-nuke-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations Nuclear warfare Nuclear weapons War Kyodo News International Sat, 08 Jun 2013 08:20:40 +0000 Kyodo News International 5852957 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia's nuclear arsenal is the world's largest http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130619/russias-nuclear-arsenal-the-worlds-largest <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Russia and the United States together hold about 90 percent of the world's nuclear weapons, with Russia's total inventory of 8,500 warheads slightly surpassing that of 7,700 in the US, according to the latest available figures.</p> <p>As of early 2013 Russia's total nuclear inventory is about 8,500. There are 4,500 nuclear warheads in the military stockpile and about 4,000 retired but largely intact warheads that await dismantlement, according to the May/June 2013 report by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published in the United States.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130619/russias-nuclear-arsenal-the-worlds-largest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Nuclear strategies Nuclear warfare Nuclear weapons Technology AFP Wed, 19 Jun 2013 19:35:46 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5861617 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia says U.S. missile defense a big barrier to nuclear cuts http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130620/russia-says-us-missile-defense-big-barrier-nuclear-cuts <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - A senior Russian official said on Wednesday that the U.S. deployment of anti-missile shields was a huge hurdle to any further cuts in the offensive nuclear arsenals of the former Cold War foes, because of concerns the interceptors could shoot down Russian missiles.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130620/russia-says-us-missile-defense-big-barrier-nuclear-cuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Missile defense Nuclear warfare Space technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:03:40 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5861963 at http://www.globalpost.com Pakistan says world without nuclear weapons is 'feasible' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130805/pakistan-says-world-without-nuclear-weapons-feasible "We sympathize with the citizens of Hiroshima — one of the only two cities in the world to have faced the horrific catastrophe of nuclear bombing," Aizaz Ahmad Chaudry, spokesman for the Pakistani Foreign Ministry, said in a recent interview with Kyodo News.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/kyodo-news-international/130805/pakistan-says-world-without-nuclear-weapons-feasible" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster International relations Nuclear warfare Nuclear weapons War Japan Pakistan Kyodo News International Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:32:00 +0000 Kyodo News International 5902746 at http://www.globalpost.com