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The Ersatz Diplomacy of Hebomoia Glaucippe: On the Cancellation of Pompeo’s Planned Visit to Pyongyang

Phew! It was a bad week for Trump, and at the end of a bad week for him seemingly anything is possible. Luckily, rather than bombing Iran Trump cancelled Mike Pompeo’s coming visit to North Korea. The announcement of this … Continue reading

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Does A Possible Russian Space Weapon Prove Space Arms Control Is Unverifiable?

The United States this week has accused Russia of potentially deploying a weapon in space in October 2017, a claim widely reported upon. The principle of verification, or verificationism, is the thesis that a sentence has meaning only if it’s … Continue reading

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CVID as OCD: Deciphering North Korea’s Dismantlement Moves at Sohae and Continued ICBM Assembly at Sanumdong.

Three news items related to North Korea’s nuclear programme have garnered attention in the last two weeks, the first evidence of North Korea’s move to dismantle its missile and rocket engine testing facility at Sohae, alleged evidence coming from the … Continue reading

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Kangson Uranium Enrichment Plant Unzipped

There’s a nasty habit now of the worst case scenario regarding North Korea’s nuclear programme turning out to be correct, and we’ve just got ourselves another instalment. Ankit Panda at The Diplomat has published an article, based on work at … Continue reading

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Fire and Fury as Mutually Exclusive Concepts of Nuclear Disarmament Inevitably Collide in Pyongyang

Matter and antimatter can lead a separate existence but when they meet they annihilate each other. That is exactly what has just happened in Pyongyang following the latest visit of the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo. Two mutually exclusive … Continue reading

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Framing North Korea’s Solid Fuel Missile Programme as First Strike Weapons

The week has seen further developments regarding North Korea’s solid fuel missile programme. I have already written about some of those developments here. Basically, it appears that North Korea is upgrading and preparing to upgrade production facilities associated with the … Continue reading

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The Melian Dialogue and the Singapore Summit

The previous week I wrote of US intelligence assessments on North Korea’s nuclear programme, which suggests that North Korea is not committed to nuclear disarmament let along complete, verified, and irreversible dismantlement of the type long demanded by the United … Continue reading

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US Intelligence Un Zippes Kim Jong-un’s and Donald Trump’s Buttons Both

If you have been following the North Korean nuclear crisis closely you have been getting an equivalent of a Higgs boson and a gravitational wave about twice a week. Boy, was this week no exception. In fact, this weekend we … Continue reading

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Washington is Compelling Iran to Withdraw from the JCPOA

The US is seemingly goading Iran into withdrawing from the JCPOA. That might lead to some nasty surprises, for both them and us. Whilst attention continues to be drawn to North Korea, important developments continue to characterise the Iranian nuclear … Continue reading

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The Art is in the Selling of the Deal: Donald Trump and the Selling of the Singapore Summit

Early post Singapore summit developments show a disconnect between Trump’s rhetoric on denuclearisation and reality on the ground in North Korea. Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or better still the prospect thereof, continues to dominate post Singapore summit discussion and … Continue reading

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