New UNSC resolution on nuclear disarmament: "enjoyment of the benefits of the NPT by a State Party can be assured only by its compliance with the obligations thereunder"

U.S. President Barack Obama presided over the UN Security Council meeting today that adopted Resolution 1887, which notes, among other things, that “enjoyment of the benefits of the NPT by a State Party can be assured only by its compliance with the obligations thereunder”. That is a nice, consensus phrase — and one directed speci...

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A sensitive State Department official — notes North Korean sadness

An unusually-sensitive U.S. State Department official has noticed North Korean sadness. Yes. The North Koreans were sad at having to blow up a cooling tower to show that it was sincere about “disabling” its nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. That’s what you get for testing nuclear weapons after withdrawing from the Nuclear Non-Prolifera...

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North Korean reactor disablement has begun

But, as Assistant U.S. Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Christopher R. Hill said in Tokyo yesterday, disablement means the reactor cannot be up an running again within a year, if things go bad. And, it’s an intermediary step, Hill said — the ultimate goal is complete dismantlement. In a conversation with journalists at [&hel...

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Experts arrive in Yongbyon Sunday

… and the disabling of North Korea’s nuclear facilities in Yongbyon is due to start Monday, according to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill, who is the American point man on the matter. The Agence France Press reported Saturday that a nine-member team of U.S. experts will at least observe at least the start […]

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New Temporary Censorship Order in Israel

One of the oddest aspects of the extremely odd story that has been breaking for over a week about an Israeli airstrike on Syria is the role played by Israeli censorship. Here is one interesting note from Dion Nissenbaum’s Checkpoint Jerusalem blog : “The Israeli action followed months of rumors in the Israeli press, generated […]

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"Not everything is clear yet" — Israel, Syria, North Korea, Iran and more

Gideon Lichfield, Jerusalem correspondent of The Economist, has posted this today on his blog [www.fugitivepeace.com]: “The mystery about Israel’s air strike against Syria on September 6th, which I wrote about in the current issue, continues to deepen. The story taking hold is that Israel hit material or equipment for nuclear weapons su...

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More progress reported overnight in U.S. – North Korea talks in Geneva

The Associated Press is reporting from Geneva that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said, after two days of talks, that “North Korea agreed Sunday to account for and disable its atomic programs by the end of the year, offering its first timeline for a process long sought by nuclear negotiators. Kim Gye Gwan, […]

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