Nuclear Threat

  • Don't expect North Korea to disarm: ExObama aide June 25, 2013

    Washington: The former top White House official on counterproliferation says diplomacy is unlikely to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and the best to hope for is a verifiable freeze in its production of fissile material. Gary Samore, who resigned from his White House position in January, on...
  • Barack Obama welcomes Xi for talks on cyber security June 8, 2013

    Rancho Mirage: President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihnpeeng) have opened two days of meetings with a handshake at a California retreat. Obama is welcoming Xi to a sprawling desert estate for talks on highstakes issues, including cybersecurity and North Korea's nuclear threats. It's the first meeting between...
  • Pentagon chief stresses Israel's right to hit Iran April 22, 2013

    Jerusalem: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held out hope on Sunday for a nonmilitary way to ending the threat of a nucleararmed Iran, but he also emphasized Washington's willingness to let Israel decide whether and when it might strike Tehran in selfdefense. Hagel, on his first visit to Israel as Pentagon...
  • After weeks of NKorean fury, calm on key holiday April 15, 2013

    Pyongyang: North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader Monday by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts, with little hint of the fiery bombast that has kept the international community fearful that a missile launch may be imminent. Pyongyang fired off a rocket ahead of the last anniversary...
  • North Korea may launch mediumrange missile test April 15, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea may test a new missile to mark the birth anniversary celebrations of state founder Kim il Sung on Monday. The isolated and impoverished state celebrates the former leader's birth anniversary on Monday amidst growing tensions in the east, after weeks of war threats from Pyongyang. Speculation has...
  • Kerry says United States ready to 'reach out' to North Korea April 15, 2013

    Tokyo: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday stressed the United States is willing to engage with North Korea as long as it takes steps to give up nuclear weapons. He also vowed Washington would protect its Asian allies against any provocative acts by the North, but said it...
  • Goal of nuclear free North Korea tests US, China ties April 14, 2013

    Beijing: Bound by threats from North Korea, the US and China agreed on Saturday to rid the bellicose nation of nuclear weapons in a test of whether the world powers can shelve years of rivalry and discord, and unite in fostering global stability. Beyond this latest attempt to restrain North Korea,...
  • North Korea nears 'dangerous line': US Defence Secretary April 11, 2013

    Washington: Asserting that the US is ready with all its contingency plans to defend itself and its allies from any misadventure from North Korea, Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has warned that the isolated nation was "skating very close to a dangerous line." "North Korea has been, with its bellicose...
  • North Korea warns foreigners to leave South Korea April 9, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea warned foreigners in South Korea on Tuesday to quit the country because they were at risk in the event of conflict, the latest threat of war from Pyongyang. Soaring tensions on the peninsula have been fuelled by North Korean anger over the imposition of UN sanctions after...
  • Japan deploys ballistic missiles amid North Korea threat April 9, 2013

    Tokyo: Amid rising tensions over speculations of North Korea conducting missile tests, Japan has rolled out its ballistic missile defence system on Monday. Aerial footage shot by Japanese public broadcaster NHK showed launchers equipped with Patriot surfacetoair missiles deployed at three bases on the Japanese mainland, one on the...
  • North Korea aggression could strengthen USChina bond April 6, 2013

    Washington: North Korea's latest outburst of nuclear and military threats has given the US a rare opportunity to build bridges with China a potential silver lining to the simmering crisis that could revitalise the Obama administration's flagging policy pivot to Asia. The architect of the administration's Asia policy described...
  • No plans to withdraw diplomats from North Korea: UK April 5, 2013

    London: Britain on Friday said it has no immediate plans to withdraw its diplomats from North Korea and condemned as provocative Pyongyang's warning that it cannot protect foreign embassies after April 10 in the event of a conflict linked to soaring nuclear tensions. "No decisions have been taken and we...
  • US hints at launching preemptive strike on North Korea April 5, 2013

    Washington: The United States has right to launch a preemptive military strike against North Korea if there was "solid evidence" that Pyongyang planned to attack the US or South Korea, an influential lawmaker said on Friday. "If we have good reason to believe there's going to be an attack,...
  • US fears North Korea could be planning a missile launch April 5, 2013

    The US fears that North Korea could be planning a missile launch. As Pyongyang steps up its rhetoric, the Pentagon now tries to decrease the temperature. Missile and launch components have been moved to the east coast of North Korea in the "last few days", a US official with direct...
  • North Korea presents a real and clear danger: US Defence Secretary April 4, 2013

    US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that North Korea presents a real and clear danger. The US has also confirmed that even China has mobilised units along its border with North Korea and that the Chinese military is at Level One readiness which is the highest state of alert...
  • North Korea's Twitter account hacked amid tension April 4, 2013

    Seoul: Hackers have apparently disrupted North Korea's governmentrun Twitter account. The disruption comes at a time of rising tensions on the Korean Peninsula. The North's Uriminzokkiri's Twitter account on Thursday displayed four tweets saying "hacked." A fifth tweet said "Tango Down" and was followed by a link to Uriminzokkiri's Flickr page. ...
  • North Korea releases video, display its military strength April 3, 2013

    In its latest string of threats, North Korea has released a video, showing its strength and perpetrating the message that it's ready to fight. North Korea has released this video just days after it declared it was in a state of war. But what is unusual about this video is...
  • North Korea has option to enter into negotiations: US April 3, 2013

    Washington: Categorically ruling out the possibility of accepting North Korea as a nuclear power, the United States said that Pyongyang has the peaceful option to enter into negotiations for the denuclearisation. "They have an option, and that option is to enter into negotiations for the denuclearisation, which is China's policy...
  • US deploys warship closer to North Korean coast April 2, 2013

    Washington: Amidst escalating tension in the Korean peninsula, the US Navy is moving a warship and a seabased radar platform closer to the North Korean coast as a shield against any missile attack by North Korea and in order to monitor Pyongyang's military moves. "The US Navy is moving a warship...
  • North Korea to restart work at closed nuclear reactor April 3, 2013

    Seoul: North Korea will restart all nuclear facilities including its shuttered Yongbyon nuclear reactor, its official KCNA news service said on Tuesday. It will rebuild and restart nuclear facilities including its mothballed uranium enrichment facility and the 5 MW Yongbyon reactor which it closed in 2007, KCNA quoted a spokesman at...
  • Pope Francis appeals for peace, end to Korea tensions April 1, 2013

    Vatican City: Pope Francis used his first Easter Sunday address to call for peace in the world and appealed for a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula. In his first "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message, Francis also called for peace between Israelis...
  • France calls for North Korean restraint March 31, 2013

    Paris: France has appealed to North Korea for avoiding such steps that may escalate the tension after Pyongyang announced having entered a "state of war". "France is deeply concerned by the situation in the Korean peninsula" and urging North Korea to refrain from "further provocation", Xinhua quoted Philippe Lalliot, French spokesperson...
  • Comply with international obligations: US to North Korea March 27, 2013

    Washington: Arguing that North Korea will achieve nothing by threats or provocations, the US on Tuesday said that Pyongyang should choose the path of peace and comply with its international obligations. "We continue to urge the North Korean leadership to heed President Obama's call to choose the path of peace and...
  • US begins naval drills amidst North Korea nuclear threat February 5, 2013

    Seoul: South Korean and US troops began naval drills Monday in a show of force partly directed at North Korea amid signs that Pyongyang will soon follow through on a threat to conduct its third atomic test. The region has also seen a boost in diplomatic activity since last month, when...
  • Iran, a central issue for my next term: Israel PM December 23, 2012

    Jerusalem: Iran's perceived nuclear threat against Israel will be the central issue concerning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government if he is reelected in a month's time, the Israeli leader said on Saturday. Netanyahu has set out a mid2013 "red line" for tackling Iran's uranium enrichment project. The West says this...
  • Worker at Japan's tsunami-hit plant dies May 14, 2011

    Tokyo: The operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked nuclear power plant says a contract worker in his sixties has died after collapsing at the facility's waste disposal building. Tokyo Electric Power Co spokesman Naoyuki Matsumoto says the man was carrying equipment at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant when he collapsed on Saturday. Matsumoto says...
  • Japan's ghost town captured on the camera April 15, 2011

    The horror of the Japan tragedy and the forbidden evacuation area of Fukushima nuclear plant has been caught on the camera. ...
  • Japan: quake damage reaching up to $ 300 bn March 23, 2011

    Tokyo: The Japanese government expects total damage from a devastating earthquake that hit northeast Japan this month to reach 15 trillion to 25 trillion yen ($185-308 billion), the Nikkei newspaper reported on Wednesday. Economics Minister Kaoru Yosano will present the estimate to a meeting of cabinet ministers to be held on...
  • Japan aftermath: leader vows to rebuild March 19, 2011

    Tokyo: One week after an earthquake and tsunami spawned a nuclear crisis, the Japanese government conceded it was slow to respond to the disaster and welcomed ever-growing help from the United States in hopes of preventing a complete meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power plant. The entire world was on alert,...
  • Japan hopes to restore power at crippled reactors March 18, 2011

    Tokyo: Japanese engineers raced to restore a power cable to a quake-ravaged nuclear power plant on Friday in the hope of restarting pumps needed to pour cold water on overheating fuel rods and avert a catastrophic release of radiation. Officials said they hoped to fix a cable from the grid to...