Nuclear Threat

  • Don't expect North Korea to disarm: Ex-Obama aide 25-06-2013 08:40 AM

    Washington: The former top White House official on counter-proliferation 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,...
  • Barack Obama welcomes Xi for talks on cyber security 08-06-2013 07:58 AM

    Rancho Mirage: President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping (shee jihn-peeng) 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 high-stakes issues, including cybersecurity and North Korea's nuclear threats. It's the first meeting...
  • Pentagon chief stresses Israel's right to hit Iran 22-04-2013 01:25 AM

    Jerusalem: US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held out hope on Sunday for a nonmilitary way to ending the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, but he also emphasized Washington's willingness to let Israel decide whether and when it might strike Tehran in self-defense. Hagel, on his first visit to Israel as...
  • After weeks of NKorean fury, calm on key holiday 15-04-2013 08:27 PM

    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 medium-range missile test 15-04-2013 07:12 AM

    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 15-04-2013 06:45 AM

    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 14-04-2013 06:29 AM

    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...
  • North Korea nears 'dangerous line': US Defence Secretary 11-04-2013 11:15 AM

    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 rhetoric,...
  • North Korea warns foreigners to leave South Korea 09-04-2013 01:25 PM

    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 09-04-2013 08:10 AM

    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 surface-to-air missiles deployed at three bases on the Japanese mainland, one - on the...
  • North Korea aggression could strengthen US-China bond 06-04-2013 11:11 AM

    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 05-04-2013 10:50 PM

    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 pre-emptive strike on North Korea 05-04-2013 10:48 AM

    Washington: The United States has right to launch a pre-emptive 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, I...
  • US fears North Korea could be planning a missile launch 05-04-2013 10:42 AM

    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 04-04-2013 04:00 PM

    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 04-04-2013 03:40 PM

    Seoul: Hackers have apparently disrupted North Korea's government-run 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...
  • North Korea releases video, display its military strength 03-04-2013 04:05 PM

    North Korea has released a video, showing its strength and perpetrating the message that it's ready to fight. ...
  • Pope Francis appeals for peace, end to Korea tensions 31-03-2013 07:50 PM

    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 31-03-2013 06:22 PM

    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...
  • Comply with international obligations: US to North Korea 27-03-2013 09:00 AM

    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...
  • Worker at Japan's tsunami-hit plant dies 14-05-2011 09:49 AM

    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....
  • Japan's ghost town captured on the camera 15-04-2011 10:23 AM

    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 23-03-2011 06:54 AM

    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...
  • Japan aftermath: leader vows to rebuild 19-03-2011 08:20 AM

    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...
  • Japan hopes to restore power at crippled reactors 18-03-2011 09:17 AM

    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...