Shallow 2.6-magnitude natural disaster strikes North Korea

Feb 09, 2018, 01:54
Shallow 2.6-magnitude natural disaster strikes North Korea

He stressed his stance never to budge against US President Donald Trump's administration on his country's nuclear and missile programs. They have said that to change the strategy now makes the use of nuclear weapons more likely, especially against smaller nuclear armed states like the DPRK. He broadly described the US strategy's approach to arm control as worrying, including its silence on whether the USA wants to exercise an option in the New START treaty to extend its terms for five years. "It abandons the goal of a nuclear weapon-free world, which will undermine the progress of worldwide nuclear disarmament".

Most worrying of all, a belief seems to be gathering pace that the U.S. can somehow launch "surgical" military strikes while containing a larger conflict, because Kim Jong-un will not respond for fear of triggering an overwhelming retaliatory response. Kim also ordered the mass production of nuclear warheads and ballistic missiles to accelerate their deployment.

The NPR refers to these measures as a way to cope flexibly with "new, growing 21st century threats". Despite an global outcry and crippling sanctions, Pyongyang has refused to scale back its nuclear ambitions.

In this demanding global security environment, there is a compelling reason for the U.S.to retain a certain level of nuclear deterrence capabilities, which undeniably also serves the interests of allies such as Japan that are protected under the US nuclear umbrella.

The Trump administration denied the reports, saying it favors a "diplomatic" way of tackling the nuclear standoff.

The new USA posture focuses heavily on what the administration sees as an overdue modernization of the nuclear arsenal, the laboratories and plants that support the arsenal, and the far-flung communications and early warning systems that enable the Pentagon to command and control the weapons.

North Korea's nuclear tests have culminated in heavy sanctions against the Kim Jong Un regime, and South Korea has frequently called for an end to the tests and for North Korea denuclearization.

"I think the Pentagon's assertion that Russian Federation has a strategy to use nuclear weapons first in a regional conflict is debatable at best and I think there's also evidence that they may be wrong about that".

Distinct from a strategic nuclear weapon that can deal a devastating blow to cities, a low-power one is to be used in a localised attack.

Washington has said the modernization of US nuclear weapons won't add to the total number of warheads.

The 1957 meeting was attended by 22 eminent scientists: seven from the United States, three each from the Soviet Union and Japan, two each from the United Kingdom and Canada, and one each from Australia, Austria, China, France, and Poland.

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