Tag Archives: Arms Control

Nenoksa and Chernobyl: Will a New Arms Race Make the Sky Fall in on Mankind?

Parallels have been drawn between a mysterious explosion, on August 8, near the Russian village of Nenoksa, and the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986. The explosion was accompanied by an, albeit brief, spike in radiation levels detected at Severodvinsk, a … Continue reading

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Kim Rattles the Sabre: North Korea Unveils a Romeo Class SSB Mod and Conducts Two KN-23 SRBM Tests.

What an extraordinary week it was, with those of us following all things nucleus kept busy by one development after the next. As usual Kim Jong-un was front and centre, however there was more to it than North Korea this … Continue reading

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Is Donald Trump a Chollima Rider? On the Kim-Trump Meeting at the DMZ.

What but a mysterious force could propel the Chollima horse to speeds of 1,000 ri a day? Could it be the very same mysterious force that Kim Jong-un says brought Donald Trump and he together at the DMZ? Or is … Continue reading

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The Twin Paradox of Denuclearisation Diplomacy with North Korea

June 12 marked the first anniversary of the Singapore summit between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump, and the period thereafter has seen some suggest preparations are afoot for a third summit. Kim Jong-un sent a letter to Trump to mark … Continue reading

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Back to the Future: US Ups the Ante on Russian Nuclear Weapons Testing at Novaya Zemlya

A lot of the new nuclear weapons systems that have been discussed from the 1990s onward, but never realised, have origins that can be traced back to the US and Soviet weapons labs of the 1980s. The end of the … Continue reading

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North Korea’s KN-23 SRBM and Strategic Stability

It’s not the KN-23 SRBM alone that’s a threat to strategic stability on the Korean peninsula. That threat comes from a mutual strategic interaction between the US, South Korea, and North Korea. Continue reading

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North Korea’s Reassembly Activity at the Sohae Satellite Launch Facility

Post Hanoi news has been dominated by reassembly activity at Sohae. What might it mean for North Korea’s space programme and nuclear talks with the US? Continue reading

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Will Fissile Materials Lead to a Fizzle Summit at Hanoi?

Dismantling North Korea’s fissile material production facilities has become the metric to assess the second Kim-Trump summit at Hanoi. That risks a fizzle. Continue reading

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Washington Announces Intent to Withdraw from the INF Treaty

Might Russia and the US have tacitly agreed to end the INF Treaty, and is all the action really on ground launched intermediate range missiles in Asia? Continue reading

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Hans Blix Redux: US Wants Full Declaration of North Korea’s Uranium Enrichment Plants for the Second Kim-Trump Summit

John Bolton demanded Iraq provide a declaration of its WMDs but invaded anyway. For the second Kim-Trump summit Bolton calls on North Korea to do the same. Continue reading

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