Tag Archives: Arms Control

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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Has North Korea Made New Nuclear Weapons Since Singapore?

It would seem North Korea has been making new nuclear weapons since Singapore, but then again it seems not. Continue reading

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Kim Jong-un’s New Year Address for 2019

What does Kim Jong-un’s new year address suggest is in store for nuclear North Korea in 2019? Continue reading

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North Korea’s Clarification of Denuclearisation and the Yeongjeo-dong Missile Base Controversy

Pyongyang’s denuclearisation clarification and the Yeongjeo-dong controversy underscore a need to change the way we think about nuclear North Korea Continue reading

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Full Spectrum FU: On Trump’s Withdrawal from the INF Treaty

Hitherto in the nuclear age humanity has relied upon a thin margin of survival provided by arms control, for arms control has tended to provide some measure of strategic stability and some reduction of nuclear dangers. For the most part … Continue reading

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