Nuclear Policy News - April 18, 2012

Apr 18, 2012



North Korea Says It Will Abandon Deal With U.S.
Nuclear Authority Says Visit to North Korea Now ‘Unlikely’
Israeli Minister Agrees Ahmadinejad Never Said Israel ‘Must Be Wiped Off the Map’
Congressman alleges China helping North Korea with ICBMs
Tac Nukes in South Asia
Michael Krepon



North Korea Says It Will Abandon Deal With U.S.
North Korea said on Tuesday that it was abandoning an agreement it made in February with the United States, in which it promised to suspend uranium enrichment, nuclear tests and long-range missile tests.
The North Korean Foreign Ministry said that it “resolutely and totally” rejected the United Nations Security Council’s condemnation of its failed rocket launching last week, and that it would continue to launch rockets to try to place satellites into orbit.
Angry North Korea threatens retaliation, nuclear test expected
Chicago Tribune
A bristling North Korea said on Wednesday it was ready to retaliate in the face of international condemnation over its failed rocket launch, increasing the likelihood the hermit state will push ahead with a third nuclear test.
Nuclear Authority Says Visit to North Korea Now ‘Unlikely’
The International Atomic Energy Agency says it is now unlikely to send a delegation to North Korea, after Pyongyang stated it is no longer bound by an agreement with the United States not to test missiles and nuclear devices.
Analysts See Little Technical Advancement in North Korean Rocket Technology
North Korea's latest rocket failure suggests the nation has not made much technical progress in developing long-range ballistic flight capabilities since its last unsuccessful attempt in spring 2009, the Associated Press on Tuesday cited issue experts as saying (see GSN, April 16).
Israeli deputy FM warns Iran nuclear talks in Istanbul may be part of Tehran’s stalling tactic
Israel’s deputy foreign minister says the nuclear talks between Iran and Western powers in Istanbul last week may have been a stalling tactic by Tehran.
Israeli Minister Agrees Ahmadinejad Never Said Israel ‘Must Be Wiped Off the Map’
In a reminder that Persian rhetoric is not always easy for English-speakers to interpret, a senior Israeli official has acknowledged that Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, never actually said that Israel “must be wiped off the map.”
India to test nuclear missile that can hit Beijing
India is planning to test launch a new nuclear missile that for the first time would give it the capability of hitting the major Chinese cities of Beijing and Shanghai.
India to test fire long-range missile
India is due to test fire a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads.
The locally-developed Agni-V missile has a range of more than 5,000km (3,100 miles) and is expected to be launched in the eastern state of Orissa.
India set to join Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile club with Agni-V missile
India will on Wednesday test-fire the 5000-km range surface-to-surface Agni-V Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capable of covering entire China and reaching deep into Europe. Agni-V will help India gatecrash into a small and exclusive club of nations with intercontinental ballistic missile capability.
India Missile Launch: A China Deterrent?
India Real Time (A Wall Street Journal imprint)
India is set to test its most advanced long-range nuclear-capable missile to date later Wednesday, a launch experts say will serve as a deterrent against Pakistan and China.
Looking Beyond the Chicago Summit: Nuclear Weapons in Europe and the Future of NATO
Leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will meet for a summit in Chicago this May to conclude their Deterrence and Defense Posture Review (DDPR), which was intended to be a vehicle for resolving key questions about the future role of nuclear weapons in NATO policy. However, NATO is unlikely to resolve the question of what to do about its forward deployed nuclear weapons before the summit.
Positions for the United States in the Upcoming Arms Trade Treaty Conference
Thomas Countryman, Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
Thank you very much, Linc. I’m sure many of you are familiar with the genesis of the Arms Trade Treaty and with the needs that it seeks to address. We have been doing our best to explain to people what is our approach. I’m delighted to have the opportunity to restate it for a larger audience today. And I’m grateful to the Stimson Center for giving us this opportunity.
Congressman alleges China helping North Korea with ICBMs
China may be helping North Korea develop long range ballistic missiles that could reach the United States, and one Republican congressman wants the Obama administration to do something about it.
Tac Nukes in South Asia
Michael Krepon
Hans J. Morganthau was a heavyweight whose books, including Politics Among Nations (1948) and In Defense of the National Interest (1951), packed a real wallop. Morganthau also wrote with great clarity about nuclear weapons. Check out his essay, “The Four Paradoxes of Nuclear Strategy,” which appeared in the March, 1964 issue of The American Political Science Review.