Tag: Nuclear Weapons

North Korea Threatens to Scuttle Talks With the U.S. and Resume Tests

North Korea threatened on Friday to suspend negotiations with the Trump administration over the North’s nuclear arms program and said its leader, Kim Jong-un, would soon decide whether to resume nuclear and missile tests. Addressing diplomats and foreign correspondents at a news conference in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said […]

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Stop Shredding Our Nuclear Safety Net

The globe’s nuclear safety net is fraying badly. Dangers of nuclear confrontations are growing not only in Europe, with decisions by the presidents of both nuclear superpowers, Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, to withdraw from a treaty banning intermediate-range missiles; they are suddenly rising, too, in Asia, where India and […]

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For South Korean Leader, Collapse of Trump-Kim Talks Is Surprising Setback

SEOUL, South Korea — Few people in the world were more surprised and disappointed by the breakdown of the summit meeting between President Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, on Thursday than President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. Mr. Moon had been so confident of a breakthrough in the […]

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What Trump Got Wrong, and Right, on North Korea

There’s no sugarcoating the failure of President Trump’s second summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. Despite the buildup — Mr. Trump’s fawning over the love notes they exchanged, the “beautiful” relationship they share and the predictions of great success — the “Joint Agreement Signing Ceremony” the White House […]

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What Comes Next on the North Korea Nuclear Roller Coaster?

Having participated in nuclear negotiations with North Korea, I know what failure smells like. The truncated Hanoi summit, which concluded abruptly without an agreement between President Trump and Kim Jong-un, carried an awful stench. There were high expectations for this second meeting of American and North Korean leaders after the […]

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Pakistan’s Leader Offers to Return Captured Indian Pilot

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan announced on Thursday that his country would be releasing a captured Indian pilot as a way to de-escalate the military crisis that has pitted nuclear-armed militaries against each other for days. “In our desire of peace, I announce that tomorrow, and […]

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Live Briefing: Trump-Kim Summit: Meetings End With No Agreement

• President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, cut short their second day of meetings in Hanoi, Vietnam. The White House spokeswoman said no agreement was reached. • Mr. Kim said his presence at the talks indicated a willingness to denuclearize — in principle. And the White […]

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Live Briefing: Trump-Kim Summit: Trump Downplays Expectations of Nuclear Deal

• President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, have sat down for a one-on-one meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, beginning their second day of talks. Early on, Mr. Trump set out to limit expectations. • The official schedule includes a “Joint Agreement Signing Ceremony” on Thursday afternoon, raising […]

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Photos From the Trump-Kim Summit in Vietnam

One leader had arrived in the Vietnamese city by armored train and motorcade. The other had come by plane. Then it was time to begin looking for a path out of decades of conflict. On Wednesday, Hanoi was abuzz as President Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, prepared to […]

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Trump Meets Kim Jong-un to Start Summit Talks

HANOI, Vietnam — President Trump met with Kim Jong-un, the leader of North Korea, over dinner on Wednesday, opening the second historic summit meeting between the two to discuss steps North Korea should take to dismantle its nuclear weapons program and measures to establish a permanent peace on the divided […]

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Can Trump Avoid Caving to Kim in Vietnam?

On the eve of his departure for his second summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, President Trump said: “I don’t want to rush anybody. I just don’t want testing. As long as there is no testing, we’re happy.” Last April, Mr. Kim announced a halt to testing nuclear […]

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Seeking North Korea Deal, Trump Seems Willing to Ease U.S. Demands

HANOI — When he vowed to “solve” the North Korea problem just before his inauguration two years ago, President Trump made clear he meant eliminating its nuclear arsenal. But on the eve of a second meeting with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, the president sounds prepared to accept much […]

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Can President Trump and Kim Jong-un Make a Real Deal?

And so they meet again. President Trump and Kim Jong-un, the ruler of North Korea, are expected to gather this week in Hanoi, Vietnam, for a second round of nuclear negotiations. Mr. Kim bested Mr. Trump at their first meeting in Singapore in June last year. And he is poised […]

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Trump and Kim May Declare End of War at Summit, South Korea Says

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korean officials on Monday indicated that President Trump and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, could agree on a joint political statement declaring an end to the 1950-53 Korean War when they meet in Hanoi, Vietnam, later this week. “The possibility is open,” said Kim Eui-kyeom, […]

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Defender of World Order or Trump Mouthpiece? Pompeo Is Tested by North Korea, Iran and U.S. Allies

WARSAW — In the eyes of Mike Pompeo, the day was shaping up to be one of his most commanding displays of diplomacy since becoming secretary of state. Months of planning had finally yielded a meeting among reluctant European officials, Arab leaders and the Israeli prime minister to strategize over […]

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Peace Treaty, and Peace Prize, for North Korea Appear to Tempt Trump

WASHINGTON — When President Trump meets North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, next week in Vietnam, his advisers hope to hammer out a road map for ridding the reclusive state of its nuclear weapons. But Mr. Trump appears more tantalized, at least for now, by declaring an end to seven decades […]

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Trump’s Idea of a Middle East Nuclear Deal

An interim report from the House Oversight Committee paints a familiar picture of Trump associates skirting the law to curry favor with people who can make them richer. This time, the dealing doesn’t involve Russians but Saudis, and it is not about a lavish tower in Moscow but the sale […]

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Russia Has a Case. So Does America. So Save the Nuclear Treaty.

In Greek mythology, Pandora had a box she had been warned to never open. With no understanding of the consequences, and despite the warning, she opened the box, irreversibly releasing the plagues that would affect all of humanity forever. The American threat to withdraw from the Intermediate Nuclear Forces Treaty, […]

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Few Are Inspired to Follow America’s Lead on Iran

Nearly 30 years ago, the United States used its diplomatic clout to persuade Israel and its Arab neighbors to meet publicly for the first time, at the 1991 Madrid Peace Conference, which opened the door to greater Arab acceptance of Israel. On Wednesday and Thursday, leaders of Israel and Arab […]

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U.S. Revives Secret Program to Sabotage Iranian Missiles and Rockets

WARSAW — The Trump White House has accelerated a secret American program to sabotage Iran’s missiles and rockets, according to current and former administration officials, who described it as part of an expanding campaign by the United States to undercut Tehran’s military and isolate its economy. Officials said it was […]

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